Centennial Gold Coins
2016 marks an important year for U.S. coinage. Three classic American coins - the Mercury Dime, the Standing Liberty Quarter, and the Walking Liberty Half Dollar - were created as part of the U.S. Mint’s shift to modern coin designs in the early 20th century. In 2016, these popular coins are celebrating their 100th anniversary! To honor this tremendous achievement, the U.S. Mint has created commemorative versions of each of these coins, struck in .9999 fine (24-karat) gold.
All Centennial Gold Coins
Gold Mercury Dimes
Released on April 21st, the Mercury Dime Centennial was the first issue of the series, struck using 1/10 oz. of .9999 fine gold. Despite being the smallest coin of the three Gold Centennials issued in 2016, this coin brought the series into massive success when its limited mintage of 125,000 sold out in under an hour! It boasts an obverse and reverse design created by Adolph A. Weinman back in 1916. Designed by Weinman to depict a “Winged Liberty,” on the obverse, it was misconstrued to be a design of the goddess Mercury, earning it a nickname that stuck.
Gold Standing Liberty Quarters
The second issue in the Centennial Gold Coin Series is the Gold Standing Liberty Quarter Centennial
, which was released on September 8th. Four times the size of the Gold Dime, the Gold Quarter Centennial is struck from 1/4 oz. of .9999 fine gold. Unlike the dime, it has a limited mintage of only 100,000. This coin boasts the original designs of Hermon MacNeil, created in 1916 for the first issue of the Standing Liberty Quarter. It does not show any of the revisions made by the U.S. Mint in the years after it was released.
Gold Walking Liberty Half Dollars
The final coin in the series, the Walking Liberty Half Dollar Centennial is the largest at 1/2 oz. of .9999 fine gold. Released on November 17th, this is the final piece collectors need to complete a set. A low mintage of only 70,000, however, could thwart many collectors from completing theirs. Like the Mercury Dime, the Walking Liberty Half Dollar was created by Adolph A. Weinman in 1916. The design met with extraordinary success upon its release, and it has a very strong modern presence as the obverse design of the American Silver Eagle.