For only the second time in history, the U.S. Mint will issue a $100 Gold coin. 2017 marks 225 years since the U.S Mint was founded, and to celebrate this impressive achievement, the Mint will be striking very special, 2017 Proof American Liberty High Relief 1 oz. $100 Gold Coins with edge inscriptions that read “225th ANNIVERSARY”!
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In 1792, Congress recognized a need for a firm monetary system. On April 2, 1792, The Coinage Act was passed which allowed the construction of the first federal building to be required per the constitution. After months of hard work, the first U.S. Mint was built in the nation’s capital, which was at that time in Philadelphia.
Since then, the U.S. Mint has expanded to a number of other facilities and currently produces millions of coins each year. The U.S. Mint is renowned around the world for their quality, causing classic U.S. coins to be some of the most collected coins to be struck. Because they have firmly held onto their standard of excellence throughout the years, every bit of expertise, skill, and technology was placed into the production of this stunning 225th anniversary coin.
When members of the U.S. Mint’s Artist Infusion Program (AIP), a group of professional American artists from diverse backgrounds, submitted obverse and reverse designs for the U.S. Mint’s latest commemorative coin, many stunning and unique designs were viewed. Out of all submitted designs, one obverse design was chosen by the U.S. Treasury Secretary but the U.S. Mint has not officially revealed which reverse design will be used as of yet.
The chosen obverse design depicts Liberty with the features of an African-American woman, wearing a crown of stars. Like the design on the 2015 $100 Gold American Liberty coin, this is a modern depiction of Liberty that is very different from what can be found on classic American coinage. It was created by AIP designer Justin Kunz, and was sculpted by U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill. The inscriptions “LIBERTY,” “1792,” “2017,” and “IN GOD WE TRUST” can all be found on the coin, along with the initials of the artists.
The reverse design recommended by both the CCAC and CFA depicts an eagle in flight, with wings in the middle of a powerful flap, and its claws stretched aerodynamically behind. This design carries the inscriptions “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” “1OZ. .9999 FINE GOLD,” and “100 DOLLARS.”
A test strike has already been exhibited by the U.S. Mint of the obverse design that shows the edge lettering. This amazing new design was struck in detailed, high relief and boasts a fine, proof finish. The text “225th ANNIVERSARY” has a star on either side and is found in the 6 o’clock position of the edge, based off of obverse. Inscriptions can be seen further along the edge, but it is unknown if they will also read “225th ANNIVERSARY,” or something different.
Although the U.S. Mint has not announced any mintage limit or specific release date for this coin, they have announced that a 1 oz. .999 Silver American Liberty Medal would also be released sharing the same design. It is unknown if this medal will be struck in high relief like the $100 gold coin, or if it will be a standard relief version, like the recent 2016 American Liberty Silver medal.
Additionally, the U.S. Mint is currently entertaining the idea of creating a four-piece American Liberty silver medal set that would be released late, 2017. If issued, each medal within the set would have a different finish and would be struck at different facilities. Collectors might find it interesting that this new set would double the amount of American Liberty 1-once silver medals issued in 2016.
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