John Mercanti designed the obverse of the $50 platinum eagle, which highlights a beautiful rendition of the Statue of Liberty?s head and crown, while the reverse design originally seen on all $50 platinum eagles features the likeness of a soaring eagle as designed by Thomas D. Rogers. While Rogers? design is seen on the reverses of all uncirculated $50 platinum eagles, a new design was used each year beginning in 1998 for the proofs. Most are readily available in the marketplace, though a few proofs are considerably scarcer. These include the 2004-W, 2005-W, 2007-W reverse proof, and 2008-W proof.