2017 American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin Design Unveiling on Jan. 12

by CoinNews.net on December 30, 2016 · 71 comments

On Jan. 12, 2017, the United States Mint will kick off a year-long series of anniversary events by unveiling designs for the high-relief 2017 American Liberty Gold Coin.

Recommended designs for the 2017-W $100 American Liberty High Relief Gold Coin

CFA and CCAC design recommendations for the 2017 American Liberty High Relief Gold Coin. On Jan. 12, the U.S. Mint will reveal whether these designs were adopted for the coin.

The .9999 fine gold coin and companion a .999 fine silver medal(s) will be issued next year as part of the U.S. Mint’s celebration of its 225th anniversary. The government agency was established by the Coinage Act of April, 2 1792. The gold piece is scheduled to launch sometime in the spring. The silver medal(s) should follow by summer.

In March, candidate designs for the coin and medal were reviewed by the Commission of Fine Arts and the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee. They recommended a dual-dated obverse (heads side) that features a profile of Liberty wearing a crown of stars, a nod to the Statue of Freedom atop the U. S. Capitol. Inscriptions will include LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST, 1792, and 2017. The silver medal should have the dates 1792 and 2017, with the optional inscription of LIBERTY.

Their recommended reverse design depicts an American eagle. Expected inscriptions for the gold coin include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, 100 DOLLARS, and 1OZ. .9999 FINE GOLD. Medal inscriptions may be limited to UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and a mint mark.

Also, the gold coin’s edge is likely to be smooth with lettering stating: 225th ANNIVERSARY.

The invitation-only event begins at 1 p.m. Eastern Time at the Department of the Treasury Cash Room in Washington, D.C. Attending officials will include Jacob Lew, Secretary of the Treasury; Sarah Bloom Raskin, Deputy Secretary of the Treasury; and Rhett Jeppson, United States Mint Principal Deputy Director.

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Danny Morano
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This design? NO WAY, NOT ME, NOT EVER.

KC&SO
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KC&SO

The 225th Anniversary of the US Mint and the second in the series (now, after we were led to believe the ’15 HR would be a one-off), the ’17 HR coin, should be seperate, stand alone efforts and designs. Pushing the ’17 coin, regardless of the design, as the defacto 225th Anniversary of the US Mint gold coin design is a big mistake and a big missed opportunity, in my opinion. – I understand why current Treasury and Mint leadership is pushing this accelerated unveiling and doing so before the 20th of January, though we couldn’t get a complete ’16 product schedule until late-November – & I understand why the mint leadership is not creating any other competition for this coin in 2017, – & I understand why mint leadership is pawning off the HR offering as the 225th coin offering, – & I suspect the HR coin is in… Read more »

cagcrisp
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cagcrisp

Well Said KC&SO…

We NEED a Gold 1792’ish replica for 225 anniversary…

Danny Morano
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KC&SO,
For the 25th anniversary I completely agree, something representing the late 1700’s, not a quickly thrown together coin that has more in common with 2017.
DrWho7

KC&SO
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KC&SO

For the collectors out there, here’s a glimmer of hope that the mint will start listening to collectors for numismatic product ideas: The mint was crafty in releasing the Walking Liberty in FY’2017 (Nov’16), they’ve generated sufficient revenue from the WLH release along with the remaining SLQ’s, ASE’s, and what revenue the HR Liberty coin generates this year to hit their #’s to show numismatic revenue growth and have a respectable side-by-side comparison to FY’16. They’re going to need to pull a rabbit out of the hat for 2018 when I look at the prelim product offerings, perhaps in 2019 as well to generate any form of numismatic revenue, which comes from gold offering when you assess sales & premium make up. I hope two years of a spiraling downward numistmatic sales over 2018 & 2019 will help set the stage for a gold 2021 Peace offering.., & someone by… Read more »

Danny Morano
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1oz. 24k Gold Morgan and Peace Dollar restrikes. We got the Nickle, dime, quarter and 50 cent piece. Sure the last 3 aren’t an ounce but it’s a start and I know the dollars would sell out. BU, PF, RP, SP or HR they are a guaranteed winner.
DrWho7

one fine dime
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one fine dime

In my opinion the US Mint hit the ball out of the park with this coin. If this isn’t “something classic in nature, or modern classy”, I don’t know what is. Of course a coin reminiscent to a 1792 Flowing Hair design would be neat, but we’ve had sooooo many classic re-issues (AGE, ASE, 2016 Weinman & MacNeil designs). The mint is right to develop a bold new design here. Of course this coin has its detractors (many with overt or latent racist views), and many feel it is pure politics at play, but myself and many others understand that America is diverse and we celebrate that diversity! If the US Mint loses racist customers, so be it! KC&SO’s comments smack of conspiracy theory logic. But even if, “…the HR coin is in some way associated with the $20 Tubman initiative” what the heck is wrong with that?! Enough of… Read more »

Danny Morano
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Talk about racist remarks, you just made a very big one yourself.

jim
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jim

I forget – why are these medals and not coins of the realm?

Whistler
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Whistler

Funny how there is trend lately as to the models for these HR coins. Who is this designed to attract as buyers? I agree that a flowing hair or other classic rendition would be a hotter item for COLLECTORS…..this seems to be a continuation of the growth of “PC” designs of late…….IMHO

one fine dime
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one fine dime

@Whistler – I don’t think the 225 year institution that is the US Mint panders to potential buyers. And kudos to them for not doing so. That’s precisely why we don’t have scores of mickey mouse, donald duck, and superman coins…thank goodness! They create bold and classic designs that pass through the scrutiny of the CCAC and CFA, and if they resonate with the American people, all the better. If not, they are melted down for the next issue. Eventually, all the crotchety, whiny, old fogey coin collectors will die out, and will hopefully be replaced by free thinking numismatists who can appreciate the full depth and breadth of the American experience and appreciate these types of coins for what they truly represent — Liberty and Justice For All! Does anywhere here who uses the term “PC” even understand why they deride it? Mostly sheep following the herd to the… Read more »

Danny Morano
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Here’s a Dime I’ll drop to you. What exactly does “PC” mean to you? Certainly not Personal Computer. Maybe Personal Comment or Public Comments. Part of my collecting coins is I like the way they look and their uniqueness. Yes this coin is unique but, I just don’t like the way it looks. Yes, it definitely represents an African American woman but, I think a better representation could be made if the mint took its time and didn’t rush it’s presentation. I spent 24yrs in the Navy and was stationed with a more diverse crossection of ethnicity than religions than most people. I got along fine with each and every one. Happy New Year to one and all.
Regards, DrWho7.

one fine dime
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one fine dime

@Danny Morano —
You wish you knew what you were talking about.

racist remark – “having or showing the belief that a particular race is superior to another.”

Let’s think about this. Thomas Jefferson and George Washington are honored by having them on the nickel and quarter, and they both owned hundreds of slaves. Guess what, Jefferson and Washington were racist. Know it, and own it as an American.

Like I said, enough dead white presidents on our money.

Danny Morano
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One fine dime,
I hope you read my last post. The only dead President I’ve heard people complain about is Andrew Jackson. I think you are the one who knows nothing of what he’s talking about. You are stuck in the past, come into the future. Tell us who’s face’s you want on coins or currency. I bet I can guess. I stick with my comment on your comment and find it racist.
DrWho7

Bob C
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Bob C

Oh look, it’s the usual racist scumbags whining as they do whenever a person of color is depicted on a coin. And Danny, how does being against racism make someone racist? PC is just a word racists use when they’re told they can’t speak the same way they did in the 1950’s.

one fine dime
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one fine dime

@Danny Morano —
Great question. To me, being PC means being empathetic to fellow human beings, the “walk a mile in their shoes” mentality. It also means upholding certain values.

Maybe this article from February by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will help you understand what PC means to me (and millions of others):
http://wapo.st/1PRGShl?tid=ss_mail

How do you see that this coin was rushed?

Danny Morano
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All I know from your remark is that if you had the power, you would replace all coins and currency with ” Dead White Presidents” on them with other ethnic person’s now and forever
And maybe even Osama Bin Laden too.
Watch the new DrWho on BBC America and see how ethnicly diverse it is now compared to before. I know it’s English but, who do they have as the face of their currency. Last I checked it was the Queen and in a country who’s more racially diverse and tolerant than many others. I never heard them or any country complain the Queen is on the coin. I’m missing the orignal Star Trek marathon on BBC America. Oh, by the way, back in 1966 didn’t the show the first interracial kiss on one episode? God Bless America.
Goodnight and Happy New Year.
DrWho7

one fine dime
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one fine dime

“PC is just a word racists use when they’re told they can’t speak the same way they did in the 1950’s.”

So true!

Ozzie
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Ozzie

Kareem Adbul-Jabbar? Oh! You mean Lew Alcindor. I think he played B Ball.

Gary Lomax
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Gary Lomax

You liberal Democrats are the real racists. Enjoy your complete irrelevance in 21 days.

Also, this coin is junk.

Nels
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Nels

I don’t mind having a african-American on a coin, but this coin sucks! Plain and simple, it has no class! Maybe president Obama would be a better Choice! The Stars around her head are so ugly with this big LIBERTY from her nose to the back of her head just don’t get it… It looks to me like a thrown together coin that took a few hours to design that I don’t want unless they make under a thousand and I was one of the lucky ones to get and to sell to the highest bidder. I’m not sure what to think about the back of the coin as well. Maybe it’s just too modern looking for me. Enjoy to the people that like this coin. This year I have seen so many messed up coins coming out of the United States mint with scratches on them I think I… Read more »

Seth Riesling
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Seth Riesling

CoinNews readers FYI –

When this gold coin design was released earlier this year, the largest numismatic publication in the world – Coin World, got so many nasty, negative & outright racist emails to the editor & online comments (including the “N” word!) that editor William Gibbs had to shut down Coin World’s online public comments section! This coin will not sell out unless the mintage is 50,000 or less IMHO.
This article doesn’t state it, but the 225th Anniversary edge lettering is supposed to be raised instead of incuse.

-NumisDudeTX

one fine dime
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one fine dime

Gary Lomax says:
“You liberal Democrats are the real racists. Enjoy your complete irrelevance in 21 days. Also, this coin is junk.”

What a totally asinine comment. You sound just like one of those crotchety, whiny, old fogey coin collectors I was talking about. Either that or a middle schooler that just got their lunch money stolen.

joe#2
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joe#2

Folks? Let’s just wish one another a happy and healthy.
I see the good old U.S. Mint is off to a good start. LOL

Nels
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Nels

Happy New Year every one! Stay safe and don’t drink and drive!
The Coin is still Junk! Lol. Seth, I doubt it will sell 50k of them.
The Walking Library coin still hasn’t sold out and that’s 70k I thought for sure it would’ve been sold out before Christmas. Same with the Standing Liberty! Both are Beautiful Coins! I wonder how many are returns from coin dealers with scratches on them. I’m almost tempted to buy one of each but I don’t want to go through the hassle of returning them.

Cointexaslove
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Cointexaslove

Nice coin I’ll be buying them….

Danny Morano
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Read my last and final comment on this issue on the comment oabout the Mercury Dimes. I think all will find it interesting.
DrWho7

KC&SO
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KC&SO

2017 High Relief Liberty –

What follows this release in 2018, 2019, 2020?

Are there follow on HR releases planned?

Is there a HR plan?

Is the ’17 a final release?

Or has there been discussions on follow up designs?

My gut feels like this “now series” will be headed in the direction of the FS or P Pucks series have taken, though it’s just a gut feel’n

Hence, I was wondering if there is a grandiose plan or direction envisioned, or is it wait and see…

Bob C
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Bob C

Gary Lomax, please explain how we are “the real racists” for calling out actual racism.

joe#2
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joe#2

Mr. Mezack… $3,000 for the gold dime, quarter and half… ok…lol

Tinto
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Tinto

@KC&SO
“Hence, I was wondering if there is a grandiose plan or direction envisioned, or is it wait and see…”

Given the track record of the US Mint I doubt very much about a grandiose plan .. it’s probably more like stumbling from one point to another with the PR folks and maybe their supporters in the numismatic publishing industry hyping it as a grand plan ….

Jess
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Jess

I saw a show about this gon-gee(sp) tight knitted hair do’s and the fact soap nor water can NOT penetrate the hair. Therefore the hair and underlying skin stays dirty. HUMM, but if they are trying to act like this how people wore there hair back in the day they are wrong. Anyway, every time I see someone wearing their hair in this manner I cringe, because all I think about is if they stink or not. Bottom line is, pot heads wear this hairdo and I would never buy a pot heads coin. Besides who is this lady?

BlowingWind
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BlowingWind

A beautiful Liberty Lady, In God We Trust, connects the past toward the future. A serious coin collector, like myself, that wants my legacy give to my great and grand children. By 2044, the majority of the U.S. population will be people of color, according to analysis of Bureau of the Census projections. Even now, the children understand when Martin Luther King, Jr. said “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” The ignorant will always be with us, but they go the grave a dark heart.

Rooster
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Rooster

Love the reverse! Probably going to pass on this. Happy New Year to all.

Hewhodontknow
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Hewhodontknow

Its an ok coin, too much for my pocket but IMHO this is a coin to show that US “accepts” the diversity of this nation.(even though is not true ’cause including the president elect there’s a lot of racist people in this country) If I’m not mistaken this could not be lady liberty ’cause lady liberty is originally a french woman depicted on a statue given to the US. And correct me if am wrong but I don’t think the French lady liberty was represented by a woman of color.
Maybe if this was silver I would get it for my collection but gold is too rich for my blood.

one fine dime
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one fine dime

@Hewhodontknow –

“Liberty” is allegorical. The Statue of Liberty is simply just one example or representation of liberty. This 2017 coin depicts a different representation of liberty. Pick up A Guide Book of United States Coins (aka the Red Book) and take a look at the obverse of pretty much all of our country’s early coinage. They featured representations of “Liberty”. Liberty is a concept, and historically this concept has been represented on our coinage by a woman.

These will be offered in silver, as a medal though, not a coin.

Mike
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Mike

As a collector I buy all sorts coins and if l have $1,500 I’ll buy one. Right now l like $10& $20 Lib’s PCGS Ms 63 to 65’s . Low premiums & positive up scale.

Hewhodontknow
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Hewhodontknow

@one fine dime,
I won’t be doing that, no need. You seem to know a lot about the subject and you just clear it up for me, I believe you..thanks.
Nope, no medals for me..just interested in coins. Thank you smile

one fine dime
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one fine dime

@Kris

Danny Morano
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To all. I am and always have been a Republican and proudly voted for Mr.Trump and will again should he be nominated for a second term.
Regards, DrWho7

one fine dime
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one fine dime

@Danny Morano – Yes, I read your comment. My point was that I believe it is time we re-evaluate which Americans we honor on our money; and that it is time we recognize the subjugation that Washington and Jefferson inflicted by owning slaves and consider retiring depictions of these former presidents on our money. Hamilton had abolitionist views. Lincoln obviously did as well. I believe Roosevelt and Kennedy had mainly positive civil rights records. Clearly you are not a critical thinker, as evidence by your steadfast position that you have already decided to vote to re-elect Mr. Trump in 2020 and he hasn’t even been president for one day yet. As an American, witnessing fellow citizens exhibit this sort of blind loyalty is utterly embarrassing, and it means you completely trust an individual simply because of the party he belongs to. I would be surprised if Mr. Trump even makes… Read more »

Danny Morano
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I bet you think that Hillary Clinton would have made a better choice for president. If my memory serves me correctly, aren’t all those names you mentioned are already on our coins and currency? As for the Mr.Ali I met, his whole body shook and if I wasn’t there, I never would have known it was his signature. The hand I shook was weak and trembling. Like all of us, he chose his profession and paid a heavy price. I wish I could have met him earlier in his life and shook a strong powerful hand that sent many a man to the canvas. Mr. Trump had a firm handshake , looked you in the eye and even though he had places to go, people to meet he cheerfully talked to me while he signed my $2.00 bill and even commented on it. Cheerfully posed for the picture and even… Read more »

one fine dime
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one fine dime

@Danny Morano –
“your statement offended me”
ok, which statement exactly offended you?

“words like yours help to make it smaller even more”
ok, which of my words are doing this?

Ed
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Ed

Don’t know about you all…but I think “one fine dime” and Danny Morano are heading towards a Hallmark movie ending, after all…

michael
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michael

Danny – Take it easy. It’s getting old. Infowars doesn’t talk about coins, so let’s not talk politics.

There is a beauty to this coin, despite the fact that Lady Liberty is not easy on the eye, regardless of demographic. The same can be said for the Liberty Nickel and many of the Lady Liberty / Columbia on the 19th century coins.

joe#2
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joe#2

I’m just happy to see a new face on a coin…
It looks very interesting to me…
Looking forward to seeing the piece itself.

Ozzie
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Ozzie

The black and white image is just to show the coin’s detail. . Most coins pictured here never look like the final product. It’s different and I will definitely buy the silver. Now all we need is pricing.

SalivateMetal
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I too don’t mind the diversity of Lady Liberty on our coins. A black lady is fitting as freedom was a harder fight for her. I applaud the choice of Harriet Tubman on our $20. Long overdue IMO. What I don’t like is the motivation (political correctness) behind such a choice in many cases, which is why so many are suspect of the appearance of Lady Liberty on this coin. She looks like an angry militant black woman with dreadlocks. It is a poor representation of Liberty. She looks more enslaved than free. It’ll be interesting to see how this design looks when finished. Remove the dreadlocks and put a content look on her countenance and it’ll be good to . BTW, Those who accuse of racism so half heatedly because some of us are critical of this design or call our president-elect a racist engage in the most offensive… Read more »

Danny Morano
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Mr.Metal,
I can’t wait to see what One Thin Dime has to say about your comment.
Seth I know this blog is supposed to be about coins. Well, it seems this coin has stirred up a S___Storm. It’s apparent that collectors are not ready to accept it. At least not in it’s current design. It definitely needs redesign. Seth, you have my utmost respect. All the best.
Regards, DrWho7

Danny Morano
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One fine dime, How soon you forget. It was your remark ” No more Dead White Presidents on our money” that insulted me. You forgot one Dead White President, who in the 60’s signed the most important and significant civil rights legislation into law since President Lincoln ‘s Emancipation Proclimation. It was President Johnson who at the White House with Dr. Martin Luther King standing next to him watching and when he finished, handed him the pen and shook his hand. President Johnson was so worried that people would only remember him for escalating the Vietnam War and not his Civil Rights reforms. I guess he was right. All he’s on is a coin and chronicles set. How about President Harry Truman who desegrated the Armed Forces? What curraincy is he on? Seth, out of respect for you, I end this. One Fine Dime and others say what you will.… Read more »

Hewhodontknow
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Hewhodontknow

Amen to that.. Happy collecting to all!

Hewhodontknow
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Hewhodontknow

@metal,
Yes, the president elect is not racist and I am wrong about that but you nailed it and you’re so right cause “xenophobia” is the perfect to describe his comments about others such as Mexicans,Muslims and blacks. Thank you smile

CoinCense
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CoinCense

This design makes no sense to me. If anything, it’s appearance is divisive. What are we coming to?

Danny Morano
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Just watched the unveiling. No surprise there. This specific coin will be talked about for a long time. As for me, my Mother always said “If you don’t have anything nice to say then don’t say anything “. This will be my one and only comment other than I do like the obverse side. The front, “No Comment”. Collectors, I yield the floor to ya’ll.
Regards, DrWho7

Danny Morano
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I will be buying more Foreign coin from now on.
DrWho7

one fine dime
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one fine dime

Hilarious Danny Morano doesn’t know his obverse from his reverse. “my one and only comment”?! too late for that Danny here’s a comment for ya: follow your mama’s advice. “A bit more than political”??!! I guess by that logic, all the anglo looking representations of liberty from American numismatics must be political as well, huh? Attempts to ensure european-american representations are on our money? what a joke. We are One Human Family. You all will probably be dead in your graves and never truly realize that. It doesn’t actually matter what “liberty” looks like, she’s symbolic, she’s an allegorical representation. So if the representation is going to be of a woman, let’s change it up once in a while. After all, our one authentic motto is: E PLURIBUS UNUM! We are a nation of immigrants, from all corners of the world, some here by choice others by coercion. You all… Read more »

Rooster
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Rooster

They are about to go live streaming about this coin on the US Mints web page if you are interested. Wish I could but hoping to see a replay later.

Danny Morano
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NO COMMENT!
DrWho7

Poor Richard
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Poor Richard

Absolutely not a fan of the design…nothing racial involved. If it were someone who really embodied liberty, let’s say MLK Jr. for example, who stood for racial equality and religious liberty, then I would have no qualms. The obverse seems to me to be just an attempt to put an African-American face on money, and label it “Liberty”. Seems a bit more than political to me.

Sorry if that doesn’t settle well, but that is exactly how it appears.

Further, as a numismatist, a coin’s intrinsic beauty is a factor in my decision as to whether to purchase it or not.

I’d much rather have the Native American/Buffalo as a 1 oz gold coin than this hackneyed attempt at racial appeasement.

Jason Bourne
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Jason Bourne

I am not a big fan of this coin design. I am a firm believer in diversity on all levels of society. So, I am really disappointed at this poorly created design. If they could only make the stars a little BIGGER, and the angry Liberty lady a little ANGRIER, and the braids that already stand out a little MORE OBVIOUS by making them LONGER…..the U.S. Mint has lost some of its luster on this abomination. I am going to pass on this coin. Good luck to the few who will actually shell out a major premium that will be commanded for the purchase of this coin from the U.S. to cover their operating costs. Buy straight gold bullion and save the premium.

Jason Bourne
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Jason Bourne

Not purchasing this coin.

Poor Richard
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Poor Richard

Guys, don’t feed the troll.