2017 American Liberty HR Gold Coin and Silver Medal Design Candidates

by Mike Unser on March 15, 2016 · 54 comments

On Tuesday, March 3, the United States Mint unveiled design candidates for its planned 2017 American Liberty High Relief Gold Coin and Silver Medal.

2017 American Liberty HR Obverse Design Candidates

A few of the proposed designs for the 2017 $100 American Liberty High Relief 24-Karat Gold Coin and companion silver medal

The 24-karat gold piece extends the high-relief $100 series, with the first issue in 2015 capturing sales of more than 49,000. Designs on that coin will also appear later this year on two silver medals from two different Mint facilities.

Looking ahead, the themes for the planned 2017 high-relief gold coin and silver medal match those of the 2015 release. The proposed designs shows that their obverse or heads sides will feature a modern rendition of Liberty while their reverse or tails sides will depict an American eagle. The candidates are now being reviewed with an announcement on the final selections expected later this year.

U.S. Mint-provided images and narratives of the design candidates follow. They are presented in both their gold coin and silver medal versions.

Design Candidates for Obverses

Required inscriptions for the gold coin include "Liberty," "In God We Trust," "1792," and "2017." The companion silver medal will have the dates "1792" and "2017," with the optional inscription "Liberty."

2017 American Liberty HR Obverse Design Candidates - HR-O-01

Design Candidates – HR-O-01

HR-O-01 depicts a contemporary Lady Liberty holding a bundle of wheat in her right arm while preparing to offer a portion with her left hand. The artist incorporated the wheat bundles as symbols of the wealth and charity of America’s prosperous society.

2017 American Liberty HR Obverse Design Candidates - HR-O-02

Design Candidates – HR-O-02


2017 American Liberty HR Obverse Design Candidates - HR-O-03

Design Candidates – HR-O-03

HR-O-02 shows a close-up portrait of Liberty, while HR-O-03 reveals her standing as she holds a torch in each hand, enveloped in a flowing banner.

2017 American Liberty HR Obverse Design Candidates - HR-O-04

Design Candidates – HR-O-04


2017 American Liberty HR Obverse Design Candidates - HR-O-05

Design Candidates – HR-O-05


2017 American Liberty HR Obverse Design Candidates - HR-O-06

Design Candidates – HR-O-06

HR-O-04 through HR-O-06 depict close-up views of Liberty. In HR-O-05, her hand holds a torch.

2017 American Liberty HR Obverse Design Candidates - HR-O-07

Design Candidates – HR-O-07

HR-O-07 finds Liberty wearing a Phrygian cap and a gown adorned with stars. She holds the American flag in her left hand.

2017 American Liberty HR Obverse Design Candidates - HR-O-08

Design Candidates – HR-O-08

HR-O-08 features a profile of Liberty wearing a crown of stars, a nod to the Statue of Freedom atop the U. S. Capitol.

2017 American Liberty HR Obverse Design Candidates - HR-O-09

Design Candidates – HR-O-09

HR-O-09 depicts Liberty holding a flame in front of her.

2017 American Liberty HR Obverse Design Candidates - HR-O-10

Design Candidates – HR-O-10


2017 American Liberty HR Obverse Design Candidates - HR-O-11

Design Candidates – HR-O-11

HR-O-10 and HR-O-11 show close-up images of Liberty in profile. In HR-O-10 she is crowned in rays, symbolic beacons of hope, while in HR-O-11 she wears a crown inspired by that of the Statue of Liberty.

2017 American Liberty HR Obverse Design Candidates - HR-O-12

Design Candidates – HR-O-12

HR-O-12 features a standing Liberty. On her arm, she cradles a variety of grains, rice, wheat, oat and barley, representing diversity and abundant charity. Resting on her chest, her other hand is holding a branch of oak, symbolizing strength and integrity.

2017 American Liberty HR Obverse Design Candidates - HR-O-13

Design Candidates – HR-O-13

HR-O-13 depicts Liberty in the Digital Age. The artist uses the elements of a torch, a wreath, and a circuit board to symbolize the light of Liberty spread throughout the world through the Internet. In the circuit board element, the circuit connections, or circles, number a total of 50, with 13 of them around the Torch, denoting the 50 states and original 13 colonies.

2017 American Liberty HR Obverse Design Candidates - HR-O-14

Design Candidates – HR-O-14


2017 American Liberty HR Obverse Design Candidates - HR-O-14A

Design Candidates – HR-O-14A

HR-O-14 and HR-O-14A show Liberty releasing a dove, freeing the symbolic bird to spread peace. In her left hand she holds her torch. In HR-O-14, the portion of the circle shown behind Liberty represents a spherical shape, such as the Sun, while HR-O-14A offers a version without it.

2017 American Liberty HR Obverse Design Candidates - HR-O-15

Design Candidates – HR-O-15

HR-O-15 shows Liberty holding a scepter that is topped by a heart-shaped jewel. Here, the artist’s imagery is a reminder that Liberty does not grant us license to do whatever we want. Rather, Liberty grants us the freedom to rule our own hearts and govern our own passions.

2017 American Liberty HR Obverse Design Candidates - HR-O-16

Design Candidates – HR-O-16

HR-O-16 features Liberty holding her torch with her right hand, while her left hand holds scales. The artist uses a heart-shaped jewel representing passions, and a book symbolic of both knowledge and the law to suggest that these elements in balance lead to the fullest expression of Liberty.

2017 American Liberty HR Obverse Design Candidates - HR-O-17

Design Candidates – HR-O-17

HR-O-17 places Liberty at the scooped opening of a garden wall, releasing a dove in a symbolic gesture of freedom and peace. Her left hand holds her torch.

2017 American Liberty HR Obverse Design Candidates - HR-O-18

Design Candidates – HR-O-18


2017 American Liberty HR Obverse Design Candidates - HR-O-19

Design Candidates – HR-O-19


2017 American Liberty HR Obverse Design Candidates - HR-O-19A

Design Candidates – HR-O-19A


2017 American Liberty HR Obverse Design Candidates - HR-O-20

Design Candidates – HR-O-20

HR-O-18 through HR-O-20 depict close-up visions of Liberty as she gazes towards the new millennium. In HR-O-19, fine rays of light emanate from the left, while in HR-O-19A the rays appear as thirteen stripes, a compliment to the stars on the American flag draped over her shoulder.

2017 American Liberty HR Obverse Design Candidates - HR-O-21

Design Candidates – HR-O-21

HR-O-21, shows Liberty wearing a wreath of wheat and olive, signifying peace and abundance. The unripe olives suggest the promise of growth to yield an even greater harvest.

2017 American Liberty HR Obverse Design Candidates - HR-O-22

Design Candidates – HR-O-22

HR-O-22 depicts a standing Liberty, a torch in her left hand and a fasces in her right. The crown of wheat signifies abundance, while the silhouetted olive wreath in the background represents peace.

2017 American Liberty HR Obverse Design Candidates - HR-O-23

Design Candidates – HR-O-23

HR-O-23 features Liberty, with thirteen rays of light, symbolizing the free and creative spirit of America’s people, emanating along a headdress.

Design Candidates for Reverses

Required inscriptions for the gold coin are "United States of America," "E Pluribus Unum," "1 oz.," ".9999 Fine Gold," and the denomination, "$100." The corresponding silver medal may optionally depict the inscription "United States of America."

2017 American Liberty HR Reverse Design Candidates - HR-R-01

Design Candidates – HR-R-01


2017 American Liberty HR Reverse Design Candidates - HR-R-01A

Design Candidates – HR-R-01A

HR-R-01 and HR-R-01A depict a bold and powerful eagle in flight, with eyes toward opportunity and a determination to attain it.

2017 American Liberty HR Reverse Design Candidates - HR-R-02

Design Candidates – HR-R-02

HR-R-02 features a stylized eagle displaying its feathered wing in powerful gesture.

2017 American Liberty HR Reverse Design Candidates - HR-R-03

Design Candidates – HR-R-03

HR-R-03 places the viewer below an eagle in flight, catching a glimpse of the olive branch it clutches.

2017 American Liberty HR Reverse Design Candidates - HR-R-04

Design Candidates – HR-R-04

HR-R-04 depicts an eagle as it prepares to land.

2017 American Liberty HR Reverse Design Candidates - HR-R-05

Design Candidates – HR-R-05

HR-R-05 shows a close-up view of an eagle, emphasizing its powerful form as it looks to the left.

2017 American Liberty HR Reverse Design Candidates - HR-R-06

Design Candidates – HR-R-06

HR-R-06 displays an eagle with wings fully opened, a symbolic show of the strength that secures freedom.

2017 American Liberty HR Reverse Design Candidates - HR-R-07

Design Candidates – HR-R-07


2017 American Liberty HR Reverse Design Candidates - HR-R-08

Design Candidates – HR-R-08


2017 American Liberty HR Reverse Design Candidates - HR-R-09

Design Candidates – HR-R-09

HR-R-07 through HR-R-09 feature heraldic eagles, displayed with banners, and branches of oak and olive. In HR-R-07 and HR-R-09 the eagle clutches an American flag.

2017 American Liberty HR Reverse Design Candidates - HR-R-10

Design Candidates – HR-R-10


2017 American Liberty HR Reverse Design Candidates - HR-R-10A

Design Candidates – HR-R-10A

HR-R-10 and HR-R-10A feature and eagle in flight, while rays of light rise from behind a mountain range. The fine rays depicted in HR-R-10, are replaced in HR-R-10A by rays appearing as thirteen stripes, complimenting the thirteen stars displayed.

2017 American Liberty HR Reverse Design Candidates - HR-R-11

Design Candidates – HR-R-11

HR-R-11 presents a close-up view an eagle.

2017 American Liberty HR Reverse Design Candidates - HR-R-12

Design Candidates – HR-R-12

HR-R-12 shows an eagle poised on the limb of a bur oak, with wings partly outstretched and its head in profile view. Behind the eagle, a branch of the oak curves into the distance.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

jim April 20, 2016 at 9:07 pm

Don’t waste your time and money on this series.

WILLIAM FLICK June 18, 2016 at 1:57 pm

looks like the 2016 silver metal may be the new silver eagle?

jim June 19, 2016 at 2:46 pm

I do sincerely hope not.

Danny Morano August 2, 2016 at 6:32 am

Start over from the beginning on all the obverse designs. Some of the reverse show promise. But, all need lots of work. To little space to fit some of the designs. Cluttered with unnecessary designs. I bet NGC is saying no, please don’t, it will take us hours to grade just one. Help!

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