2018 $10 American Liberty 1/10 oz Gold Proof Coin Release (Updated)

by Darrin Lee Unser on February 8, 2018 · 65 comments

At noon ET today, Feb. 8, the United States Mint introduces a small proof coin for collectors, the 2018-W $10 American Liberty minted in 1/10-ounce .9999 fine gold.

2018 $10 American Liberty 1-10 oz Gold Proof Coin, Case and Cert

Each 2018-W $10 American Liberty 1/10 oz Gold Proof Coin is encapsulated, packaged in a burgundy, satin-lined presentation case, and accompanied by a U.S. Mint Certificate of Authenticity

If the coin’s imagery looks familiar, that’s because it first appeared on last year’s larger 2017-W $100 American Liberty High Relief 1 oz. Gold Coin. It debuted in April 2017 for $1,640, scoring first-day sales of 14,285 coins. The new smaller $10 coin, priced at $215*, is offered as a more affordable option to last year’s coin.

2017 American Liberty Gold Coin - Obverse and Reverse

These two CoinNews photos show the obverse and reverse of the 1-ounce, 2017-dated American Liberty gold coin. The collectible is still available today, now at $1,740, with sales of 27,644 coins. This year’s edition is a smaller version, minted in 1/10-ounce gold.

Designed by Justin Kunz and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill, coin obverses depict Liberty as an African-American woman wearing a crown of stars. The crown pays homage to the bronze Statue of Freedom topping the dome of the U.S. Capitol. Inscribed around the allegorical figure are "LIBERTY," "2018," and "IN GOD WE TRUST."

2017 American Liberty Gold Coin - Obverse, stars

The coin’s crown of stars pays homage to the Statue of Freedom

Crown of Stars of Statue of Freedom

The crown of stars on the Statue of Freedom atop the U.S. Capitol dome

The design marks the first in a series that will feature Liberty in a variety of contemporary forms to reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the United States. The next Liberty design is expected in 2019.

Reverses (tails side) of the 24-karat gold coins show a powerful eagle in flight design that is surrounded by inscriptions of "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "E PLURIBUS UNUM," "1/10 OZ. .9999 FINE GOLD," and "10 DOLLARS." Chris Costello designed the eagle and Michael Gaudioso sculpted it.

American Liberty 1/10 Oz. Gold Coin Specifications

Face Value: $10
Finish: Proof
Composition: 99.99% Gold
Diameter: 0.650 inch (16.50 mm)
Weight: 0.1000 troy oz. (3.110 grams)
Edge: Reeded
Mint and Mint Mark: West Point – W

 

Ordering and Pricing

Order the collectible by visiting the U.S. Mint’s webpage for gold coins, located here, or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Its mintage is limited to 135,000 pieces. There is a further restriction of 5 coins per household.

*Pricing of gold coins can be adjusted weekly depending on market conditions. (See the U.S. Mint’s gold coin pricing schedule.) Current gold coin prices are based on LBMA gold that is within $1,300.00 and $1,349.99 an ounce.

Sales Update (Feb. 9)

First-day sales of the $10 American Liberty reached 9,842 coins, U.S. Mint spokesman Michael White told CoinNews in an email Friday, Feb. 9.

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Got mine this morning. Coin is a beauty, the packaging is well below acceptable for a gold coin. The Bufs pkging was great, the dimes was great, this doesnt even measure up to the eagle pkging. Even tho the mint probly farms this out they could have done way better than they did

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Got my coin today, what a beautiful design. When I get my graded proof 70 ultra cameo in the mail I’m going to give the proof coin to my pop for his collection. Looking forward to the next design.

When it comes to the packaging, it’s at par with my Royal Canadian Mint for a coin of this caliber so I’m ok with it. Only thing I would have liked is knowing the exact mintage number. I am actually surprised that the US mint does not do this. Not only does it inform the consumer of when it was struck – by a specific dye – but it can also be a quality control measure for the mint if they receive returns – could have an issue with coins near the end of a run – better quality control measures for their next run.

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Mouse

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Mouse,

It IS a beauty, isn’t it? I don’t now nor have I ever dealt with graded coins so I will remain blissfully content with my boxed Mint version. smile That being said, it’s nice that you’re engaging in a literal “pass it forward” with your current mint edition; good for you!

As to numbering individual coin containers and/or accompanying literature, from my decades in the manufacturing, distribution and logistics fields/businesses I can attest to the fact that any such enumerating and/or cataloging can be both a tedious and expensive process that might possibly or even perhaps likely require another price hike to compensate for the expense of the extra materials and additional labor required. Just a little thought I wanted to throw into the mix.

Sherri
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I love reading all this back and forth. Thank you Mouse for helping me with the “First Day of Issue” question earlier. Myself, I’m not thrilled that a design can be changed just to meet the demand for ethnic varieties. Just create a new coin. The eagle was created as it was. Like our Native American series-a fav of mine. I love the hipe behind it, hopefully my nieces and nephews will be financially rewarded. The fact that I’m giving them collections helps:). I didn’t even know the coin was released being I’m very new to Mint sold coins. Just lucked out on since I’ve recently started ordering from there. I didn’t need the mint because I started stacking and fell in love with coins! You tube and online has really helped. SO MUCH TO LEARN! I’d love to ask everyone, especially considering the wealth of experience here…. a few… Read more »

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Hi Sherry, you have very great questions and insight into your start down the road on the numismatic and stacking train – great train to be on. When it comes to American coinage, you are very correct, this coin is not the first to have showcased an African American image. From my understanding, this the original 2017 one ounce coin was the first African American image to grace a Liberty coin. No likeness / but a true and beautiful image. I do not know of any beautiful African woman who has straight and flowing hair. The value on the coins have little consequence – $100 or $10 as any minted coin (and not a medal) must show a dollar amount to be considered currency – coin. For me I do believe that the dollar amount on the coin serves it well as it is to date the highest dollar value… Read more »