2016 Standing Liberty Centennial Gold Coin Photos and Video

by Mike Unser on September 23, 2016 · 20 comments

The U.S. Mint introduced its centennial Standing Liberty gold quarter on Sept. 8, 2016. This short article presents high-resolution photos and a video of the one-quarter ounce, .9999 fine 24-karat gold coin.

2016-W Standing Liberty Centennial Gold Coin - Obverse and Reverse

The two photos show the obverse and reverse of a 2016-W Standing Liberty Centennial Gold Coin. Buyers on the first day ordered 47.9% of the available 100,000 coins. The latest available U.S. Mint sales figure, as of Sept. 18, has the total at 54,876 coins.

This 25-cent gold piece is a 100th anniversary edition of sculptor Hermon A. MacNeil’s original Standing Liberty design that was featured on quarters for circulation beginning in 1916.

It’s the second of three 2016-dated gold coins to celebrate the centennial of iconic coin designs. The first celebratory coin, the gold Mercury dime, was released on April 21. It became unavailable within 40 minutes of launching, with 116,096 of the originally allotted 125,000 coins now sold.

The final anniversary coin offers a rendition of the 1916 Walking Liberty half-dollar. It’ll be released within the next few months.

Before getting to the photos, here’s a short video of the gold quarter:

 

Below are the photos. The first ones show the quarter’s obverse or heads side.

2016-W Standing Liberty Centennial Gold Coin - Obverse, a

The obverse (heads side) features Liberty holding a shield and olive branch as she steps through an opening in a wall bearing 13 stars. Inscriptions include LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRVST, 2016, MacNeil’s initial of ‘M’ and ‘W’ for the West Point Mint where the coin is made.
Different from the original design, it has added inscriptions of AU 24K and 1/4 oz.

2016-W Standing Liberty Centennial Gold Coin - Obverse, b

Another view of the obverse

2016-W Standing Liberty Centennial Gold Coin - Obverse, c

One more view of the obverse

Here are some photos of the quarter’s reverse or tails side:

2016-W Standing Liberty Centennial Gold Coin - Reverse, c

The reverse (tails) depicts an eagle in flight flanked by 13 stars. Inscriptions are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM and QUARTER DOLLAR.

2016-W Standing Liberty Centennial Gold Coin - Reverse, a

Another view of the reverse

2016-W Standing Liberty Centennial Gold Coin - Reverse, b

One more view of the reverse

These two photos shows the gold coin’s reeded edge and its raised rim:

2016-W Standing Liberty Centennial Gold Coin - Edge and Rim, a

View of the reeded edge

2016-W Standing Liberty Centennial Gold Coin - Edge and Rim

Another view of the edge

These photos show the coin’s packaging box, custom display case, certificate of authenticity and specifications:

2016-W Standing Liberty Centennial Gold Coin - Packaging and Case

Opened case of a 2016-W Standing Liberty Centennial Gold Coin

Outer Box and Case for 2016-W Standing Liberty Centennial Gold Coin

Each coin arrives encapsulated and hand packaged in a custom-designed, black–matte hardwood presentation case

2016-W Standing Liberty Centennial Gold Coin - Certificate of Authenticity

The packaging includes a Certificate of Authenticity with the back of it offering information about the coin and its specifications

Finally, here are side-by-side photos of the gold Mercury dime and Standing Liberty gold quarter:

2016-W Mercury Dime and Standing Liberty Quarter Centennial Gold Coins

2016-W Mercury Dime and Standing Liberty Quarter Centennial Gold Coins

Now priced at $485.00, the U.S. Mint’s product page for the collectible gold quarter is right here. Place phone orders using 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

On Wednesday, Sept. 21, the Mint lifted ordering limits so buyers can get as many as they want.

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

KC&SO September 23, 2016 at 5:48 pm

Awesome article and video, thanks for sharing!

Would certainly love to know the current sales since the HHL was lifted.

Seth Riesling September 23, 2016 at 6:10 pm

Mike Unser –

Thanks for sharing your nice video & photos of this beautiful gold coin!

I don’t think collectors, dealers & flippers are rushing to buy too many more of these gold coins since they are still available 2 days after the 1 coin per household limit was lifted!

-NumisDudeTX

Jeffrey Seigworth September 23, 2016 at 7:21 pm

Great pictures of the “Bug”. Still not going to eat it.

485 x 4 is $1940 only a six hundred dollar amount over spot. Or 50% over melt. A better value than the Perth Mint 50th anniversary of the Star Track Delta coin. Which is priced at 4 times over melt! However any of the good ones are sold out.

My money is on the Perth Mint “Forest Babies”. Many still available.

For us old folks who can’t see, How the the half dollar shaping up?

Seth Riesling September 23, 2016 at 7:54 pm

Jeffrey Seigworth –

coinworld.com got exclusive photos of the gold Walking Liberty half dollar a couple of weeks ago from the U.S. Mint & published them online. They are big & beautiful!

coinworld.com also obtained exclusive photos of the upcoming 2016 Ronald Reagan Coin & Chronicles set & its contents & packaging & published them on September 21. Beautiful set, although the mintage is ultra-high at 150,000 sets! (The JFK C&C set was 50,000 & it took awhile to sell out & values on it are low now).

Happy collecting everyone!

-NumisDudeTX

Jeffrey Seigworth September 23, 2016 at 8:22 pm

Dear TX,

I watched the half dollar video you recommended. This one I will probably go for!

Thanks!

Big D September 23, 2016 at 8:29 pm

The quarter was a big flop, in my opinion.

Big D

jim September 23, 2016 at 9:20 pm

Mike Unser –
I don’t know who makes the video and the rotation around the vertical axis is nice but since all American coins flip on the horizontal axis it would be nice to see that video as well so that both obverse and reverse are shown right side up (if you have any input in the video’s production).

Ranger September 24, 2016 at 6:07 am

Mike Unser –
I don’t know who makes the video and the rotation around the vertical axis is nice but since all American coins flip on the horizontal axis it would be nice to see that video as well so that both obverse and reverse are shown right side up—

They OUTSOURCED production of the video to India.

You can always tell when companies do that……

Mike Unser (CoinNews.net) September 24, 2016 at 12:03 pm

Jim – I make the videos… I know exactly what you mean about seeing one of the designs flipped.

I’ve been debating about bringing the videos up another notch or two, but the time in making them is a factor.

poggie September 24, 2016 at 3:53 pm

Not impressed with the very poor strike I received. The date and detail require a magnifier. hazy.

joera September 24, 2016 at 4:06 pm

VERY NICE!

Terri Cohen September 25, 2016 at 12:11 pm

I purchased four coins. The quality of every single one was poor. One had a scratch at the top edge with a gray color showing underneath. Another had an irregular edge at the bottom. Another had a reed detached and hanging in the plastic coin holder. The last had poor detail in some areas and various brown spots. What in the world is going on with the production of these and other coins that have a high premium on the gold content. I have had problems in the past with the quality of other gold coins, proof sets, etc. Who is responsible for quality control and why are there no articles with info about the poor quality of this and other coins? I’m certain I can’t be the only customer with this issue. It is outrageous.

Lindy September 25, 2016 at 4:58 pm

Terri,

I’m 2 for two on receiving perfect 2016 SLQ 24k 25c.
Both packages had been opened and poorly resealed before I signed for them, This was a first for me.

Maybe the 4 bad examples you got were other’s returns ?

I’ll know soon when my order of 3 is fulfilled. If they’re crap I’ll complain and look to get a paid for RMA. I’ll call and complain to someone that matters. Sending others’ returns to fulfill new orders is unacceptable.

Lindy

Mammoth September 25, 2016 at 5:53 pm

Mike Unser –
Thank you for the article and the photos & video of the Gold Standing Liberty Quarter. While there may be quality issues with some of the coins, your photos show a beautifil coin.

Hewhodontknow September 25, 2016 at 11:14 pm

On the big pic of the reverse I could see a black spot on the rims right side of the coin. I received mine flawless but its a shame the us mint allows these coins to male it out. What kind of quality control is this? Smh

jim September 25, 2016 at 11:47 pm

You’re getting the quality that the SES seatwarmer demands of the mint employees – i.e. shoddy, as is his style of management. Why they would put somebody with no experience in managing a manufacturing plant in charge is beyond me. I wonder if he even spot checks the output of the mint or just takes their word. Oh, wait – his office is in DC so I wonder if he even visits the different mint facilities more than once every 3 months if even that.

Kyungwon September 26, 2016 at 2:34 am

Awesome. How popular is it ?

Guest Guest September 26, 2016 at 1:17 pm

Private indusry uses video recognition for quality control, and can catch any irregularities very fast, as the item passes under the video camera. The Mint should adopt this technology.

Joe September 26, 2016 at 11:53 pm

Should have kept it but the coin had a weak strike all around. I’ll buy extra burnished 2016 Silver Eagles. To bad I did’nt get one like the photos above.

Billy Oliver September 29, 2016 at 12:03 pm

Mint overpriced these shows why there is not a sellout even after price was raised.

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