225th Anniversary American Liberty Silver Medal Set Launch

by Darrin Lee Unser on October 19, 2017 · 62 comments

Anniversary celebrations continue at the United States Mint with its newest release, the 2017 American Liberty Silver Four-Medal Set. The collectible is the Mint’s final product marking its 225th anniversary.

American Liberty Four Silver Medal Set - Packaging, Medals and Booklet

U.S. Mint image of its American Liberty 225th Anniversary Silver Four-Medal Set. The product has four medals from four different minting facilities with each in a different finish. The medals are in a tri-fold holder and accompanied by an informational booklet detailing the evolution of Lady Liberty.

Available beginning today, Oct. 19, at noon ET, the set features four medals each with a unique finish and mint mark.

The four medals of the American Liberty 225th Anniversary Set include:

  • 2017-P reverse proof silver medal from the Philadelphia Mint
  • 2017-S standard proof silver medal from the San Francisco Mint
  • 2017-D uncirculated silver medal from the Denver Mint
  • 2017-W enhanced uncirculated silver medal from the West Point Mint

They are struck from the same planchets as American Silver Eagles and share their specifications, including a composition of 99.9% silver, a diameter of 1.598 inches (40.60 mm) and a weight of 1.000 troy oz (31.103 g). Unlike the coins, however, the medals have a plain edge.

Their designs match the earlier issued 2017-W Proof American Liberty Gold Coin and the 2017-P Proof American Liberty Silver Medal. The gold piece has current sales of 25,037 while the silver medal has sales of 46,962.

Photos 2017 American Liberty 225th Anniversary High Relief Gold Coin

CoinNews photos of a 2017 American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin. The silver medals share the same designs, although not in high relief. The gold coin was released on April 6.


Photos 2017-P Proof American Liberty Silver Medal

CoinNews photos of a 2017-P Proof American Liberty Silver Medal. This standalone medal launched on June 14.

Designed by Justin Kunz, obverses depict Liberty rendered as an African-American woman wearing a crown of five-pointed stars along with the inscriptions LIBERTY, 1792, and 2017.

American Liberty Four Silver Medal Set - Medal Obversers

U.S. Mint image of the medal obverses

American Liberty Four Silver Medal Set - Medal Reverses

U.S. Mint image of the medal reverses

Their reverse, designed by Chris Costello, showcases a powerful eagle in flight along with inscriptions of UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and a mintmark of ‘P’ for Philadelphia, ‘S’ for San Francisco, ‘D’ for Denver or ‘W’ for West Point.

Mintage and Ordering

A maximum of 50,000 sets will be issued. Pricing is $199.95 per set and there is an initial household order limit of two sets.

Beginning at noon, the American Liberty 225th Anniversary Silver Four-Medal Set may be ordered directly from the U.S. Mint via this link. Orders are also accepted by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Christopher Williams October 21, 2017 at 12:49 pm

Thank you, Seth!!!

Well written!!!!

Gary October 21, 2017 at 1:02 pm

Mike Mezack is the ultimate salesman and those who know and follow the Coin industry understand how overpriced many or most items are on HSN. However, he and HSN don’t get hauled of to court by one simple fact. They offer a 30 Day money back guarantee. It is up to the buyer to check on the Coin(s) and the value represented. This host on HSN is right when he says to go to most Coin Dealers and see if they will offer 30 Days money back and no interest over 90 or more days. They will laugh at you. I deal with reputable Dealers often and they state upfront that coins cannot be returned. I have been caught up in “coin frenzy” at times myself only to see the “good” price I paid cut in half or more not too long afterwards. If your enjoy coin collecting there are NO guarantees except the enjoyment itself.

joera October 21, 2017 at 1:57 pm

Seth-
I’m going to pass on this set. If these do go down in price like some people think they are I might buy them graded 70. That is if the price is right once the price goes down. I was wondering if you got this set or if you were going to pass as well?

Christopher Williams October 21, 2017 at 2:21 pm

Seth, as always, makes some excellent points.

Gary does also.

My genesis of my disdain for Mezack is his constant lying.

I can’t count the number of times Mezack states on his show (paraphrasing) “This is Sold Out at the US Mint” and yet you go to the US Mint at that moment and the product he is hawking is still available at the US Mint website.

I once did a YouTube video on Mezack and I filmed it while his show was airing.

He was on with Alan “I Get My Coins In A Sandwich Bag” Skantz.

And while he was commenting that a particular coin was “Sold Out” on the US Mint website, I went to the Mint website and purchased the same coin that moment.

Christopher Williams October 21, 2017 at 2:43 pm

I meant to write “The genesis of my disdain….”

Seth Riesling October 21, 2017 at 4:40 pm

Christopher Williams –

You are so right on target with your Mike Mezack/HSN comments & I remember that good video link you posted here for all to see. Thanks for commenting that you see through his deception like I do.

Gary –

You are right about HSN’s 30-day money back guarantee (less S&H), but probably 95% or more of their customers don’t know what they are buying or they would be buying directly from the Mint or one of the other nearly 6,000 coin dealers in the USA with much lower prices on the same coins! Mezack offers his cherry-picked coins & sets that have “problems” that he missed the Mint’s 7-day return policy on & still prices them way above the Mint’s issue price when you can buy them right then on the Mint’s website or 7-day-a-week telephone customer service number (800-USA-MINT) as Mr. Williams said in the above comment. We are just trying to protect new collectors from getting taken advantage of by Mezack & HSN & CSN.

Good luck.

-NumisdudeTX

Gary October 22, 2017 at 8:46 am

Seth and Christopher Williams

i would also wish to protect inexperienced/new collectors as well as people “pushed by high pitched” salesmen to make unwise purchases that fall flat many years later when they need to “cash in”. Sought of scary like new investors with “penny stocks” no pun intended. When I started coin collecting about 47 years ago when “slabs” were decades away and just looking at or using a magnifier to grade coins was how we purchased coins. This method was purely subjective (as it is to a lessor extent today) and i made my share of mistakes. The consensus then was to acquire coins with “Brilliant White Luster” and stay away from coins naturally toned. I even “dipped” some coins….how BAD! But I learned and grew and sought to be ethical despite those other harmful Dealers long gone. Keep your “Moral Compass” correct on people and our Hobby.

Seth Riesling October 22, 2017 at 9:49 am

Gary –

You sure are right about how the changes “slabbed” coins starting in 1986 impacted the hobby for good. But, grading is still subjective to a degree with the all-important aspect of “eye appeal” – that is why the most sophisticated computer systems cannot grade coins! I buy what I like from reputable dealers & from my own past experiences with both raw & certified coins. So many lessons to learn & still learning is fun & can be profitable some times too.

Happy collecting Gary!

-NumisdudeTX

Seth Riesling October 22, 2017 at 10:20 am

joera –

I bought one set of the silver medals, even though they were overpriced, since I have the gold coin version & the AL silver medal issued a couple of months ago in the box with booklet. I do think if you wait, you will probably get them cheaper some day raw & maybe even graded 69 when the market settles. But, if they sell out who knows what they might be worth. Then again, there are way fewer serious medal collectors (I am one) than serious coin collectors, so that is a factor too.

Happy collecting!

-NumisdudeTX

Tinto October 22, 2017 at 11:18 am

Seth

Will you be buying the WWI medals (plus dollar for each ) from the Mint or wait for it to become available as a stand alone stuff on eBay or similar?

Seth Riesling October 22, 2017 at 2:21 pm

Tinto –

I will NOT be buying the WWI silver medals & be forced to pay for that horribly designed silver $ as a set. I will wait for the secondary market on those for sure.

-NumisdudeTX

Chas Barber October 23, 2017 at 4:37 pm

This set will be lie the JFK set, up for a long, long, long time until it is pulled & put out it’s misery. As to the WWi love th medals HATE the $1, left handed bolt rifle, kool, a Mauser as well & a sale on barb wire so they put it on both sides. The first modern war, where are the tech items, plane or tanks on reverse something, The folks whoknow that poppies were used for memories of the WW1 dead…are dead themselves…..next a 100th Anniversary of Prohibition as that was so popular….

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