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Peace and Liberty. Two ideals that every free nation strives to uphold. In honor of these guiding principles and their historic importance, the Royal Canadian Mint is kicking off a brand-new series with an historic proof that brings together two of the top names in modern numismatics.
For the launch of the 2019 Peace & Liberty Gold and Silver Proofs, the Royal Canadian Mint brought together numismatic legend John Mercanti, 12th Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint and the man who has designed more coins and medals than any other U.S. Mint employee in history, and retired Royal Canadian Mint Senior Engraver Susan Taylor, winner of the 2016 American Medal of the Year Award and designer of the International Art Medal Federation 2018 Congress medal.
This marks the first time in history that John Mercanti has worked with another North American Mint, as well as the first time in history that a proof has been designed by artists from both the Royal Canadian Mint and the U.S. Mint.
Peace and Liberty are two of the leading ideals of American life, history and culture. We have fought many wars both home and abroad in the defense of these ideals. But they do not belong only to the United States of America. Canada’s National War Memorial in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada honors veterans in the form of 22 soldiers as they appeared in the First World War. Above them rests a large arch, topped with two female figures who embody those eternal principles that both Canadian and U.S. soldiers fight for—Peace and Liberty. It is these figures that served as the inspiration for this proof's designs.
Here's what each designer has to say about their side of this historic proof:
“This design, inspired by ancient Greek statuary, features the profile of a young woman. The inspiration originated from the Greek word ‘demokratia.’ Her hair is crowned with a wreath of maple leaves and olive branches that symbolizes the core values of peace, order and good government that have come to inherently represent the Canadian identity.”-Susan Taylor, designer of the Peace reverse
“In this design, Liberty has been depicted as moving forward toward the future. The sword in her right hand holds at bay two vipers that represent evil in this world. In her left hand, she holds up the torch of Liberty, wrapped in laurel symbolizing the victory over oppression.”-John M. Mercanti, designer of the Liberty obverse
The 2019 Peace & Liberty Proof comes struck in one ounce of 99.999% pure gold and one or ten ounces of 99.99% fine silver. Struck with limited mintages of 200, 3,000 and 500, respectively, each displays the same image: John Mercanti’s full-bodied Liberty on the obverse and Taylor’s bust of Peace on the reverse.
Minted in Ultra High Relief as well as Proof condition, each bears a stunning variety of frosted and mirrored finishes that enhance the designs with an incredible level of contrast.
Available Certified by NGCA limited number of 2019 Peace & Liberty Proofs will be certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation, one of the world's leading third-party grading services.
Exclusive Limited ReleaseNever before has a proof been struck with designs by engravers from both the U.S. Mint and the Royal Canadian Mint. This is numismatic history in the making, and we are proud to be the exclusive distributor of the 2019 Peace & Liberty Ultra High Relief Proofs.
However, only a select few will be able to enjoy adding the new Peace & Liberty Medal to their collections. Mintages are extremely limited, with even fewer receiving special certifications from NGC. So don’t wait—secure yours today!
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