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The 2018 American Liberty 1/10 oz. Gold Proof, like the larger issue from the previous year, bears a “W” Mint mark on the reverse. That is where the coins were struck from .9999 fine gold, which matches the purity of the American Gold Buffalo. Weighing 1/10 oz., the coin measures 3.128 mm in thickness and 30.61 mm in diameter.
In 2017, the United States Mint issued the first Gold American Liberty Proof in high relief to celebrate the Mint’s 225th anniversary. The coin was issued as a celebration of America’s ethnic diversity and features a depiction of Liberty as an African-American woman. Although the coin was extremely popular, the 1 oz. size put it out of reach for many collectors. To meet the demand of a wider audience of collectors, it was decided that a 1/10 version bearing the same design would be issued for 2018. If the demand from last year is any indication, this issue will be extremely popular as well.
The reverse offers simple elegance and beauty. A bald eagle soars high in a clear sky bearing a determined expression. Its wings are stretched downward, indicating that it is flying toward a goal. Every aspect of the beautiful creature is executed in fine detail, capturing nature’s beauty to a remarkable degree. Inscriptions on this face include “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.” The weight and purity of the coin are also provided to the left, while the coin’s face value is inscribed at the bottom. Also included to the lower left of the bird is the Mint mark.
Justin Kunz’s obverse debuted on the 1 oz. coin from 2017. It marked the first-ever depiction of Liberty as an African-American on a U.S. coin. She is shown facing the left side of the coin with her shoulders open to the holder. She appears young and has her hair braided and tied up in a bun. A crown of stars sits on her head. The word “LIBERTY” arches along the top portion of the rim, while the national motto, “IN GOD WE TRUST,” is inscribed at the bottom. Although designed by Kunz, the reverse was sculpted by Phebe Hemphill.