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.
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.