Today, June 14, the United States Mint makes available the 2017-P Proof American Liberty Silver Medal. Composed in 1 ounce of .999 fine silver, its price is $59.95.
The medal is one of five expected from the U.S. Mint this year as a part of its 225th anniversary celebration and appears as a counterpart to the 2017 American Liberty Gold Coin, which is the Mint’s best-selling gold collectible this year with sales to date of 22,594.
Liberty Medal Designs
Designed by Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Designer Justin Kunz and sculpted by Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill, the medal’s obverse (heads side) portrays Liberty as an African-American woman wearing a crown of stars. "LIBERTY" is inscribed on the obverse along with the 225th anniversary inscriptions of "1792" and "2017."
The reverse (tails side) depicts a "powerful eagle in flight, with eyes toward opportunity and a determination to attain it," the U.S. Mint describes. Inscriptions read "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" and the mintmark of ‘P’ indicating its production at the U.S. Mint’s facility in Philadelphia. Reverse artistry is the work of AIP Designer Chris Costello with sculpting by Mint Sculptor-Engraver Michael Gaudioso.
The medal is struck from the same silver blanks that are used in making American Silver Eagles. Complete medal specifications follow.
2017 American Liberty Silver Medal Specifications
|Diameter||1.598 inches (40.60 mm)|
|Weight||1.000 troy oz. (31.103 g)|
|Mint and Mint Mark||P|
When issued at noon ET, the 2017-P Proof American Liberty Silver Medal may be ordered from the U.S. Mint website right here. No pre-determined mintage, product or household limits apply for this release.
Upcoming Liberty Silver Medal Set
In addition to this single medal release and as we discussed in May, the U.S. Mint also has plans to issue a four-medal set featuring the same basic designs but showcasing varied finishes from multiple minting facilities. The set is expected to include:
- one medal from the Philadelphia Mint but in a reverse proof,
- one medal from the San Francisco Mint in regular proof,
- one medal from the Denver Mint in uncirculated, and
- one medal from the West Point Mint in enhanced uncirculated.
Specific details of the set release are yet to be published.
This article was edited to correct the inscription on the medal’s obverse.