This is a U.S. Mint handout of the one-ounce $100 platinum coin. The coin, also to be sold in half-ounce, quarter-ounce and tenth-ounce versions, which goes on sale to the public Tuesday, Sept. 23, 1997, bears a portrait of the Statue of Liberty on the front and a soaring eagle on the back. (AP Photo/US Mint)

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