2017 $100 American Liberty 225th Anniversary High Relief Gold Coin Photos

by Mike Unser on May 19, 2017 · 58 comments

This article presents photos of a 2017 American Liberty High Relief Gold Coin, the United States Mint’s flagship 225th anniversary product.

Photos 2017 American Liberty 225th Anniversary High Relief Gold Coin

Photos of a 2017 American Liberty 225th Anniversary High Relief Gold Coin

Released on April 6, the West Point Mint-struck piece is composed from an ounce of 99.99% fine gold and bears a collector proof finish.

The gold coin introduces a new biennial design series where Liberty reflects the cultural and ethnic diversity of the United States. Forthcoming coins will show Lady Liberty portrayed as an Asian-American, Hispanic-American, and Indian-American among others, according to the U.S. Mint.

This first coin depicts Liberty rendered as an African-American woman wearing a crown of five-pointed stars. The reverse (tails) shows an eagle in flight, with eyes toward opportunity and a determination to attain it. Here’s a pair of photos showing both coin sides:

2017 American Liberty Gold Coin - Obverse and Reverse

These two CoinNews photos show the coin’s obverse and reverse side. The obverse featuring Lady Liberty was designed by Justin Kunz and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. The American eagle reverse was designed by Chris Costello and sculpted by Michael Gaudioso.

The crown of stars pays homage to the bronze Statue of Freedom topping the dome of the U.S. Capitol.

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

2017 American Liberty Gold Coin - Obverse, c

Here’s a closer look at the coin’s obverse with Liberty wearing a crown of stars. The design includes inscriptions of LIBERTY, 1792, 2017, IN GOD WE TRUST, and JK and PH for the artists.

This next photo offers a larger view of the coin’s eagle-in-flight reverse.

2017 American Liberty Gold Coin - Reverse, d

A CoinNews photo of a reverse. Surrounding inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, 1OZ .9999 FINE GOLD, 100 DOLLARS, a W mintmark for the U.S. Mint facility in West Point, and CTC and MG for the artists.

Proof coins feature frosted designs and mirror-like backgrounds. The coin’s proof finish and laser frosting levels are hard to capture in photos, made more difficult by its high-relief format which throws around a lot of angled light. The following video offers a better showing of how the finish looks under light:


This collectible is actually the Mint’s very first high-relief $100 coin with a proof finish. The U.S. Mint’s first $100 American Liberty launched in 2015. It features a "business strike" finish, with photos of one here:

2015-W $100 American Liberty High Relief Gold Coin

Photo of the obverse and reverse of a 2015-W $100 American Liberty High Relief Gold Coin

Back to the newest coin… below are close-ups of the coin’s edge. It’s unique with three separated sets of raised edge inscriptions reading ★ 225th ANNIVERSARY ★. The first photo is of an edge straight on while the second photo is a topside view.

2017 American Liberty Gold Coin - Edge

Edge view of the high relief gold coin. It features three repeating but seperated inscriptions of ★ 225th ANNIVERSARY ★.

2017 American Liberty Gold Coin - Rim and Edge

Another view showing a portion of the coin’s edge

High-relief $100 American Liberty’s are a bit smaller but a tad thicker than other 1-ounce gold pieces, like the American Eagle and Buffalo gold coins. These two photos offer visual comparisons:

American Gold Eagle, American Liberty and American Buffalo Proof Gold Coins

The 2017 $100 American Liberty Gold Coin (center) with its diameter of 1.205 inches is slightly smaller than the 1.287 inch diameters of the American Gold Eagle (left) and the American Gold Buffalo (right)

Thickness of American Gold Eagle, American Liberty and American Buffalo Proof Gold Coins

The American Gold Buffalo (right) is slightly thicker at 0.116 inches than the American Gold Eagle (left) with its thickness of 0.113 inches. The 2017 American Liberty Gold Coin is a bit thicker than both those coins.

Available from the U.S. Mint right here, pricing of the 2017 $100 American Liberty is $1,640.00. That can change depending on the weekly average of LBMA gold. (It also launched on April 6 at $1,640.00.) The coin’s mintage limit is 100,000. It sales reached about 19% of the possible through the end of April.

These next two photos show a coin standing upright, which also highlights that each are encapsulated for protection.

2017 American Liberty Gold Coin - Obverse, Encapsulated, BlackBg

Another view of the 2017 $100 American Liberty Gold Coin’s obverse or heads side

2017 American Liberty Gold Coin - Reverse, Encapsulated, BlackBg

Another view of the 2017 $100 American Liberty Gold Coin’s reverse or tails side

Each ships within a black lacquered hardwood presentation case, and is accompanied by a booklet detailing the evolution of Lady Liberty. Below are photos of the coin’s packaging, its presentation case and the booklet.

2017 American Liberty Gold Coin Packaging

Packaging for the 2017 American Liberty Gold Coin includes and outer sleeve, a box, the presentation case, and a booklet

2017 American Liberty Gold Coin Presentation Case

A photo of the coin’s presentation case. The board holding the encapsulated coin may be positioned to better present the coin.

2017 American Liberty Gold Coin Booklet

A photo of the booklet that accompanies the coin

Later in 2017, the United States Mint will release .999 fine silver medal versions of the gold coin. Five of them are expected with two from the Philadelphia Mint (proof and reverse proof); one from the San Francisco Mint (proof); one from the Denver Mint (uncirculated); and one from the West Point Mint (enhanced uncirculated).

Last year, the Mint issued two silver medals bearing the same design as the 2015 American Liberty gold coin. The two were proofs, with one from West Point and the other from San Francisco. Both sold out within minutes.

Photos of 2016 American Liberty Silver Medals

CoinNews photos of last year’s American Liberty Silver Medals

In ending, below are a few more CoinNews photos of the coin under varying lighting conditions.

2017 American Liberty Gold Coin - Obverse, a

Obverse photo

2017 American Liberty Gold Coin - Obverse, b

Another obverse photo

2017 American Liberty Gold Coin - Obverse, d

Yet one more obverse photo

2017 American Liberty Gold Coin - Obverse, e

The final obverse photo

2017 American Liberty Gold Coin - Reverse, f

Reverse photo

2017 American Liberty Gold Coin - Reverse, c

Another reverse photo

2017 American Liberty Gold Coin - Reverse, b

Yet one more reverse photo

2017 American Liberty Gold Coin - Reverse, a

The final reverse photo

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CoinsA-Z May 24, 2017 at 12:17 am

Hi Nels, I didn’t see your comment from 5-22 till just now where you write:

“CoinsA-Z that was an awesome video! I watched it on my tv and one thing I don’t understand is all the lint and debri that comes with it. For a high relief coin one would think the mint would do something about cleanliness! The coin looked a lot better then the last one did with no scratches on it. I can’t wait for the silver coins to come out and hope that everyone that wants one will get a chance to buy like maybe 1 to 5 per household instead of the big companies gobbling them up and reselling them for 10 times over the cost.”

Thanks for your compliment. I suppose the cost of producing coins in a virtually dust free environment would be radically cost prohibitive, but I do understand your sentiment. I’m convinced that before the days of the strong embracing of TPGing by coin collectors, that more than mere dust and lint were tolerated by the vast majority of coin collectors on collector coins coming straight from the mint. Expecting absolute perfect coins seems to have reached a hysteria level with some collectors (I’m not implying that for you). I have spoken with some old time coin collectors who have all told me in one form or another that when they received coins from the mint that unless the coin was in devastatingly poor condition, that they didn’t care whether the collector coin had minor dings and scratches.

Personally, I could be considered one of those collectors who are obsessed with receiving new collector (as opposed to bullion) coins from any mint which have to be virtually visually flawless or I’m not going to be happy. I think a lot more than dust and lint these days (at least for silver coins), is the prevalence of the dreaded milk spots developing.

As for the silver 2017 Amer. Liberty medals, yes, I definitely have expectations to buy at least 1 of each of the 5 varieties. I’m assuming that all varieties will be available for purchase on the same opening day of sales.

Seth Riesling May 24, 2017 at 10:16 am

CoinsA-Z –

The only AL silver medal offered on June 14 will be the 2017-P Proof version in regular low relief. The other 4 versions with different finishes from each of the 4 Mint facilities will be offered later in the year as a 4-medal set only. There is no mintage limit, no product limit & no household limit on these beautiful medals that are great companions to the gold $100 AL coin.

Happy coin & medal collecting!


SalivateMetal May 24, 2017 at 11:44 am

CoinsA-Z, Thank you. 🙂 I must have mis-interpreted your previous comments. I am glad that you don’t apply the label of “racist” to those of us who recognize and are against political correctness. My analysis of the motive was based on the same press release to which you refer. The Merriam Webster definition focuses on what is to be eliminated. However, it does not address that which is overly included. Liberty is an ideal that transcends races and cultures.

CoinsA-Z May 24, 2017 at 11:59 am

Thanks for the reminder, Seth!

I do now recall that the US Mint has previously delineated what you’d written.

As an aside, in recent years, I have grown to be much more a collector of medals (new and old and from around the world including many of those from Europe, China, and the U.S.) than coins. The fact that the U.S. Mint has offered collectors a beautiful (and record setting sell-out) proof silver Amer Liberty silver medal in 2016 and will be releasing 5 Amer. Liberty silver medals in 2017 is just icing on the cake for me as a medal enthusiast and collector. Less silver coins, more silver medals is fine with me!

Keep up the fine work of sharing worthwhile info on numismatics that you are doing.

CoinsA-Z May 24, 2017 at 12:46 pm

Indeed SalivateMetals – no plagiarism intended 😉 – I am probably just as fiercely opposed to what I see as the incessant application of political correctness and the conflation of one who is opposed to the modern day use of political correctness (often as a weapon to silence a certain perspective or position) to “racist” as you are….our only difference here seems to be how we interpret the motivation or thinking of the US Mint in its design decision to include women in a coin series, some of whom just happen to not be depicted as caucasian. There’s no evidence to suggest (that I’ve seen) that there won’t be a depiction of a caucasian woman later in this series. That this series is a legitimate representation (albeit, symbolic or allegorical) of our current culture in regards to the diversity of racial make-up of women here, doesn’t in any way come across as being a result of political correctness….merely representative of our current culture or the reality on the ground.

Have a terrific day!

Nels May 31, 2017 at 6:27 pm

The Eagle on this coin is outstanding!! Looks like sales is up too so who knows how many will be bought… What’s your opinion? Please let me know for you guys are the best on coinnews.net

Old Collector February 4, 2018 at 12:45 pm

SalivateMetal, I would like to humbly suggest that the depiction on U.S. Mint coins and/or medals of figures, female or otherwise, of an ethnicity other than Caucasian is not in any way in and of itself an act of “political correctness” but rather an expression of the cultural diversity long present in the American population mix.

CoinsA-Z February 4, 2018 at 9:41 pm

Old Collector, well put indeed.

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