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.
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.
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."
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
|Diameter:||0.650 inch (16.50 mm)|
|Weight:||0.1000 troy oz. (3.110 grams)|
|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.