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    

1998 United States American Eagle 1 Oz Platinum Coin .9995 2013-w American Eagle 1 Oz. Platinum Proof Coin With Box & Coa - Preamble Series1999 4-coin Platinum Eagle Proof Set2003 1/20 Oz 50 Yuan Platinum Panda Pcgs Pr69dcam2004 $50 Half Ounce Platinum American Eagle Pcgc Ms69Pamp Suisse Fortuna 1 Gram .9995 Fine Platinum Bar Sealed In AssayPlatinum 9995 Pure 1995 Panda 1/20th Oz W/ 14k Yellow Gold Bezel Pendant2014 Morgan $100 Union Design Platinum Restrike Ngc Certified W/ Box & Paper #sOrig Owner 2007-w Platinum $10 1/10 Oz. Dcam Proof From Orig. 4 Coin Proof Set2016 Platinum 1/10 Oz Isle Of Man Noble Coin 9995 - Proof-like Bu In Capsule-nr!1983 .9995 Platinum 1 Oz. Pobjoy Mint Isle Of Man Platinum Noble Proof - Pm-1075Orig Owner 2007-w Platinum $25 1/4 Oz. Dcam Proof Taken From Orig. 4 Coin SetApollo 17 Eyewitness Solid Platinum Mini-coin2007-w $10 Burnished Platinum American Eagle Pcgs Sp70 - Diehl Label2007 Statue Of Liberty 1/4 Ounce Platinum $25 Eagle Coin1 Gram Platinum Bar~valcambi Sa Suisse ~999.5 Pure Platinum Bar~lookers Welcome1 Gram Palladium Bar~valcambi Suisse~999.5~3n5~ 99 Cent Aution1992 Australia Proof $25 Koala Bear 1/4 Ounce Pure Platinum, Rare "eagle Privy"2003 1/20 Oz 50 Yuan Platinum Panda Pcgs Pr69dcamPlatinum 1 Gram Bar~valcambi Sa Suisse ~999.5 Pure Platinum Bar2001 $10 Platinum Statue Of Liberty Eagle Coin! Icg Ms70! #01171998 $10 American Platinum Eagle Statue Of Liberty Pcgs Ms69Osmium Precious Metal Ingot - Rare World Metals Mint - 1 Troy Oz - .9995 Bullion Norman Rockwell's Robert Frost 12 Sterling Silver Proof Coins2007 W Burnished Platinum Eagle 1/10 Oz $10 Coin Pcgs Ms70 First StrikePamp Suisse 5 Gram .999 Fine Platinum BarPlatinum 1 Gram Bar~valcambi Sa Suisse ~999.5 Pure Platinum Bar~lookers Welcome1988 $25 1/4 Oz 9995 Platinum Australia Koala Coin UncirculatedPure Platinum ~5~gram Pure .999 ~ Fortuna ~ Sealed Coa ~ Pamp Suisse Bar ~ $9.99Pure Platinum ~5~gram Pure .999 ~ Fortuna ~ Sealed Coa ~ Pamp Suisse Bar ~ $9.992 1g Pamp Suisse Platinum LotPamp Suisse 5 Gram .999 Fine Platinum Bar 6174h2008 $50 Platinum American Eagle Pcgs Ms701 Gram Of Platinum ...no Reserve!!!1 Gram Platinum Bar~valcambi Sa Suisse ~999.5 Pure Platinum Bar~lookers WelcomeRuthenium Precious Metal Ingot - Rare World Metals Mint - 1 Tr Oz -.9996 Bullion1 Gram Platinum Bar~valcambi Sa Suisse ~999.5 Pure Platinum Bar~lookers Welcome2006-w $10 Burnished Platinum American Eagle Pcgs Sp70 - Blue LabelPamp Suisse 5 Gram .999 Fine Platinum Bar Sealed2007 $10 Platinum American Eagle Pcgs Ms70 - Blue Label1 Gram Palladium Bar~valcambi Suisse~999.5~3n5~ 99 Cent Aution1 Troy Grain Platinum Bullion Bar Pure.999 Fine Platinum Mini Micro Bar F4aAcb Platinum 1grain Pt Solid Bullion Minted Bar 99.9 Pure With Coa!1891 Cc Morgan Dollar! Au! Carson City! (us Coin Lot#48)1 Gram Of Platinum ...no Reserve!!!Acb Platinum Pyramid Certificate Included 5grain Bullion Minted Bar 999 Pure1997-w $10 Platinum American Eagle Pcgs pr69dcam2008 $10 Platinum American Eagle Pcgs Ms69 - Blue Label