Platinum is a dense, malleable precious metal found in objects dating back to at least 700 BC. The metal’s name was derived from a diminutive form of “plata,” the Spanish word for silver. Spanish conquistadors believed the platinum nuggets they found in the Americas might possibly be an immature form of gold, but had no use for the metal in part because of its high melting point.

In Europe during the 18th century, scientists succeeded in melting platinum and established the metal as a new element. At the time, platinum was minimally used in porcelain decoration and laboratory-equipment construction. William Hyde Wollaston and Smithson Tennant developed a simpler method of refining platinum in 1802, creating a more malleable form of the metal.

Besides the major deposits of platinum in Colombia, other mining sites were eventually located in the Ural Mountains of Russia, in Ontario, Canada, and in the Transvaal province of South Africa. Following World War II, new applications for platinum were discovered, particularly in the oil-refining and plastic-manufacturing industries. During the 1960s, platinum-jewelry production boomed in response to a growing Japanese market. Platinum bars and coins began production in the 1980s, spurred in part by the dramatic increase in the value of most precious metals.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Legendary Coins and Currency

Legendary Coins and Currency

This online exhibition from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is a great way to get an overview… [read review or visit site]



Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

2008 W American Platinum Eagle $50 Satin Finish Pcgs Ms 70 !! Perfect & Rare2001 - 1/2 Oz Proof Platinum Eagle With Box And Coa1998-w Platinum Eagle P$25 Ngc Pf70 Ultra Cameo 2008 American Platinum Eagle (1/2 Oz) $50 - Uncirculated2006-w $25 Dollar Platinum * Ngc Pf70 Pr70 Proof * American Eagle * Black Slab !1999-w $25 Dollar Platinum * Ngc Pf70 Pr70 Proof * American Eagle * Black Slab !2000-w $100 Dollar Platinum * Ngc Pf70 Pr70 Proof * American Eagle * Black SlabFranklin Mint Platinum Mini Coin 1969 "first Step On The Moon" Eyewitness C2242002-w $100 Dollar Platinum * Ngc Pf70 Pr70 Proof * American Eagle * Black Slab1997 W 1/4 Oz $25 Proof Platinum Eagle With Box2005-w $25 Dollar Platinum * Ngc Pf70 Pr70 Proof * American Eagle * Black Slab !1997 Statute Of Liberty 1/4oz Platinum Coin - Pcgs Ms69 (no Reserve)2000 American Platinum Eagle (1/10 Oz) $10 - Bu 2014-w 1 Oz Proof Platinum American Eagle (w/box & Coa)Orig Owner 2006-w Platinum Eagle $25 1/4 Oz Proof Taken From 4 Coin Proof Set 2006-w 1/10 Oz Proof Platinum American Eagle (w/box & Coa)Orig Owner 2005-w Platinum Eagle $10 1/10 Oz Proof Taken From 4 Coin Proof Set 2012 1oz Australian Platinum Platypus Bu2004-w $50 Dollar Platinum * Ngc Pf70 Pr70 Proof * American Eagle * Black Slab !Franklin Mint Platinum 1971 Apollo 15 Eyewitness 10mm Mini Coin C2252001-w $25 Dollar Platinum * Ngc Pf70 Pr70 Proof * American Eagle * Black Slab !2004-w $25 Dollar Platinum * Ngc Pf70 Pr70 Proof * American Eagle * Black Slab !2003-w $25 Dollar Platinum * Ngc Pf70 Pr70 Proof * American Eagle * Black Slab !1994 1oz Platinum Australian Koala Coin - Bu1991 Canada Platinum Maple Leaf - 1 Oz - $50 - Bu1 Oz. Credit Suisse Platinum Bar W/ Assay1998 - 1/4 Oz $25 Proof Platinum Eagle With Box And CoaOrig Owner 2007-w Platinum Eagle $25 1/4 Oz Burnished From 4 Coin Mint Set 1997 1oz Platinum American Eagle Coin Bu2006-w $10 Dollar Platinum * Ngc Pf70 Pr70 Proof * American Eagle * Black Slab !Ruthenium Precious Metal Ingot - Rare World Metals Mint - 1 Tr Oz -.9996 BullionOrig Owner 2006-w Platinum Eagle $10 1/10 Oz Proof Taken From 4 Coin Proof Set 2001-w $50 Dollar Platinum * Ngc Pf70 Pr70 Proof * American Eagle * Black Slab !1998-w $25 Dollar Platinum * Ngc Pf70 Pr70 Proof * American Eagle * Black Slab !1997 $25 Platinum Eagle Ngc Graded Ms70 No Reserve5 ~ Gram Pure .999 Platinum ~ Fortuna Goddess ~ Sealed ~ Pamp Suisse Bar ~ $9.992002 $10 1/10 Oz Platinum American Eagle Ms-69 Pcgs 2000-w $50 Dollar Platinum * Ngc Pf70 Pr70 Proof * American Eagle * Black Slab !1999-w $50 Dollar Platinum * Ngc Pf70 Pr70 Proof * American Eagle * Black Slab !1997-w $25 Dollar Platinum * Ngc Pf70 Pr70 Proof * American Eagle * Black Slab !Orig Owner 2007-w Platinum Eagle $10 1/10 Oz Burnished From 4 Coin Mint Set 2001 1/10 Oz $10 Platinum American Eagle Ms-69 Pcgs 2003-w $50 Dollar Platinum * Ngc Pf70 Pr70 Proof * American Eagle * Black Slab !New 1 Gram Fortuna Pamp Platinum Bar Bullion .9995 PurePlatinum 1/2 Grm (30)sm Nuggets/s, 7.8 Grns, Size # 3, Tulameen River, P-1334Platinum Nugget (one) 1.2 Grns, .078 Grms,similkameen River, B.c., Cdn, P-11452006-w $25 1/4 Oz. Proof Platinum Eagle Ngc Pf 70 Ultra Cameo2006 1/10 Oz $10 Platinum American Eagle Ms-70 Ngc Perfect Key2007 1/10 Oz Proof Platinum American Eagle (w/box & Coa)Pamp Suisse (4) 1 Oz Platinum Bars In Assay2005-w $50 Dollar Platinum * Ngc Pf70 Pr70 Proof * American Eagle * Black Slab !2007-w $50 Dollar Platinum * Ngc Pf70 Pr70 Proof * American Eagle * Black Slab !Platinum 1 Gram Bar~valcambi Sa Suisse ~999.5 Pure Platinum Bar~lookers Welcome Engelhard 1 Oz .9995 Fine Platinum Bar In Original Sealed Large Assay CardPamp Suisse (4) 1 Oz Platinum Bars In AssayPamp 10 Ounce Platinum Bar5 Gram Platinum Bar2006 1/10 Oz Proof Platinum American Eagle (w/box & Coa)Platinum 1 Gram Bar~valcambi Sa Suisse ~999.5 Pure Platinum Bar~lookers WelcomePamp 10 Ounce Platinum Bar