2020 Mayflower 400th Anniversary Gold Coin and Silver Medal Candidate Designs Unveiled

by Mike Unser on April 16, 2019 · 12 comments

In 2020, the United States Mint will recognize the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage by releasing a 1/4-ounce 24-karat gold coin and a companion 1-ounce .999 fine silver medal. The Mayflower carried people from England to the new world, landing in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620.

2020 Mayflower gold coin and silver medal design candidates

Six of the twenty-six proposed designs for the 2020 Mayflower 400th Anniversary Gold Coin and Silver Medal

Both pieces will be issued under the authority given to the U.S. Treasury Secretary. They are not a part of a commemorative coin program brought about by the passage of legislation, although Senate and House bills introduced in the last 115th Congress did propose Mayflower $5 gold, silver dollar and 50c clad coins. Those bills died from inaction.

Mintages for the Mayflower coin and medal have not been announced. The U.S. Mint, however, did say it intends sell each piece individually and also offer them paired with a coin to be produced by the British Royal Mint.

On Tuesday, April 16, the U.S. Mint publicly unveiled candidate designs for the gold and silver collectibles before a two-day session of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC). The designs came about after consulting with experts, the Mint said.

"To develop the design portfolio, the Mint worked with a panel of subject matter experts who helped identify the concepts as well as the impact the Mayflower voyage had on the pilgrims, the Wampanoag Indians, and the history of our country," stated April Stafford, Director of the U.S. Mint’s Office of Design Management.

CoinNews will hold off on presenting CCAC recommendations until after members of the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) have reviewed the same designs.

U.S. Mint descriptions and images of the Mayflower coin and medal designs follow:

Background

2020 will mark the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage. Carrying a group of people seeking a new way of life and religious freedom, the Mayflower set sail from England to arrive in a new world in late 1620, landing in Plymouth, Massachusetts — or Patuxet — as the Wampanoag people called the area. These two distinct cultures intersected as the Pilgrims endeavored to realize the lives they have envisioned. It is a complex history with multiple stories to be told.

Mayflower Candidate Design Images and Descriptions

2020 Mayflower Gold Coin Candidate Design 01-GC-O

2020 Mayflower Gold Coin Candidate Design 01-GC-O

2020 Mayflower Gold Coin Candidate Design 01A-GC-O

2020 Mayflower Gold Coin Candidate Design 01A-GC-O

01-GC-O depicts a landing party from the Mayflower — the first to include a family — as they approach the shore of the new land in late 1620. The silhouette of the Mayflower is seen in the background. Two mayflowers adorn the outer rim. The medal inscriptions include "1620," "2020," and "MAYFLOWER."

01A-GC-O presents the same composition with a border depicting flora and fauna native to "Patuxet," the Wampanoag name for the Plymouth, Massachusetts area where the Mayflower arrived. Inscriptions are "2020," "LIBERTY," and "PATUXET."

2020 Mayflower Gold Coin Candidate Design 02-GC-O

2020 Mayflower Gold Coin Candidate Design 02-GC-O

2020 Mayflower Gold Coin Candidate Design 02A-GC-O

2020 Mayflower Gold Coin Candidate Design 02A-GC-O

02-GC-O depicts a Mayflower family stepping out of the frame into a new life. The mother cradles her baby and the father holds his hat bracing against the cold and windy weather that foreshadows the challenges they will face. The silhouette of the Mayflower is anchored in the background. The inscriptions of "LIBERTY," "1620," "2020," and "IN GOD WE TRUST" reinforce their journey for religious freedom and a fresh start in a new land.

02A-GC-O features the same composition surrounded by local flora and fauna on the border, representing the homeland of the Wampanoag people. Inscriptions are "LIBERTY," "IN GOD WE TRUST," and "2020."

2020 Mayflower Gold Coin Candidate Design 03-GC-O

2020 Mayflower Gold Coin Candidate Design 03-GC-O

2020 Mayflower Silver Medal Candidate Design 03A-SM-O

2020 Mayflower Silver Medal Candidate Design 03A-SM-O

03-GC-O portrays a newly arrived Mayflower family standing firmly on land with apprehension about what lies ahead, but also with determination to thrive in unfamiliar surroundings. Inscriptions include "TOGETHER INTO A CIVIL BODY POLITICK" from the Mayflower Compact, along with "1620, and "2020."

03A-SM-O also features the same composition with local flora and fauna around the border, representing the land of the Wampanoag people. Inscriptions are "LIBERTY," "IN GOD WE TRUST," and "2020."

2020 Mayflower Gold Coin Candidate Design 04-GC-O

2020 Mayflower Gold Coin Candidate Design 04-GC-O

2020 Mayflower Silver Medal Candidate Design 04A-SM-O

2020 Mayflower Silver Medal Candidate Design 04A-SM-O

04-GC-O features a Mayflower family bracing against the cold and windy weather, foreshadowing their coming hardships, while the Mayflower is anchored in the harbor. The local flora and fauna on the border, along with a Wampanoag triangle design represent the Wampanoag homeland. Inscriptions are "LIBERTY," "IN GOD WE TRUST," and "2020."

04A-SM-O depicts the same composition but is formatted as a medal with the inscription "MAYFLOWER" arced along the bottom.

 

The next four candidate designs depict members of a Wampanoag family aware of the Mayflower’s arrival. The family stands outside of the border, representing their Patuxet homeland, while the ship sails toward the border of their world.

2020 Mayflower Gold Coin Candidate Design 05-GC-O

2020 Mayflower Gold Coin Candidate Design 05-GC-O

2020 Mayflower Gold Coin Candidate Design 05A-GC-R

2020 Mayflower Gold Coin Candidate Design 05A-GC-R

2020 Mayflower Silver Medal Candidate Design 05B-SM-O

2020 Mayflower Silver Medal Candidate Design 05B-SM-O

2020 Mayflower Silver Medal Candidate Design 05C-SM-R

2020 Mayflower Silver Medal Candidate Design 05C-SM-R

05-GC-O includes coin obverse inscriptions "LIBERTY," "IN GOD WE TRUST," and "2020."

05A-GC-R includes the reverse inscriptions "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "E PLURIBUS UNUM," and "$10."

05B-SM-O, formatted as a medal obverse, contains the inscriptions "MAYFLOWER," and "1620-2020."

05C-SM-R, formatted as a medal reverse, incorporates the inscriptions "PEOPLE OF THE DAWN," and "1620-2020."

 

The next four candidate designs depict a Wampanoag family watching from the border of the design as the Mayflower arrives from foreign shores. A young boy steps on the border, representing the intersection of the Wampanoag people in their Patuxet homeland and the Mayflower passengers.

2020 Mayflower Gold Coin Candidate Design 06-GC-O

2020 Mayflower Gold Coin Candidate Design 06-GC-O

2020 Mayflower Gold Coin Candidate Design 06A-GC-R

2020 Mayflower Gold Coin Candidate Design 06A-GC-R

2020 Mayflower Silver Medal Candidate Design 06B-SM-O

2020 Mayflower Silver Medal Candidate Design 06B-SM-O

2020 Mayflower Silver Medal Candidate Design 06C-SM-R

2020 Mayflower Silver Medal Candidate Design 06C-SM-R

06-GC-O includes coin obverse inscriptions "LIBERTY," "IN GOD WE TRUST," and "2020."

06A-GC-R includes coin reverse inscriptions "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "E PLURIBUS UNUM," and "$10."

06B-SM-O, formatted as a medal obverse, features the inscriptions "MAYFLOWER," and "1620-2020."

06C-SM-R, formatted as a medal reverse, incorporates the inscriptions "PEOPLE OF THE DAWN," "PATUXET," and "2020."

2020 Mayflower Gold Coin Candidate Design 07-GC-O

2020 Mayflower Gold Coin Candidate Design 07-GC-O

2020 Mayflower Silver Medal Candidate Design 07A-SM-O

2020 Mayflower Silver Medal Candidate Design 07A-SM-O

07-GC-O depicts portraits of a Pilgrim man and woman, representing the beginnings of a transition from monarchy to democracy. The dual portraits symbolize a democratic organization, with their resolute expressions focused on a self-determined future. Included inscriptions are "LIBERTY," "1620," "2020," and "IN GOD WE TRUST."

07A-SM-O features the same composition, but formatted as a medal, utilizes the inscriptions "1620," "2020," and "MAYFLOWER."

2020 Mayflower Gold Coin Candidate Design 08-GC-R

2020 Mayflower Gold Coin Candidate Design 08-GC-R

2020 Mayflower Silver Medal Candidate Design 08A-SM-R

2020 Mayflower Silver Medal Candidate Design 08A-SM-R

08-GC-R depicts the signing of the Mayflower Compact by Mayflower passengers. Signed before they left the ship, the Mayflower Compact contained tenets that would later become the foundation for the U.S. Constitution and other important documents reflecting the core of our democratic principles. Inscriptions are "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "MAYFLOWER COMPACT," "E PLURIBUS UNUM," and "FIVE DOLLARS."

08A-SM-R uses the same composition, formatted as a medal with the inscriptions "A CIVIL BODY POLITICK," and "FOR THE GENERAL GOOD OF THE COLONY," excerpts from the Mayflower Compact.

2020 Mayflower Gold Coin Candidate Design 09-GC-R

2020 Mayflower Gold Coin Candidate Design 09-GC-R

2020 Mayflower Silver Medal Candidate Design 09A-SM-R

2020 Mayflower Silver Medal Candidate Design 09A-SM-R

09-GC-R features a Pilgrim and a Wampanoag Indian, depicted back to back in dignified and powerful portraits. They partner in cooperation, yet face away from each other with differing visions, agendas, and futures. Inscriptions are "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "E PLURIBUS UNUM," and "FIVE DOLLARS."

09A-SM-R formats the same composition as a medal and incorporates the inscriptions "PILGRIM-WAMPANOAG ALLIANCE," and "FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE," the primary reason for the alliance.

2020 Mayflower Gold Coin Candidate Design 10-GC-R

2020 Mayflower Gold Coin Candidate Design 10-GC-R

2020 Mayflower Silver Medal Candidate Design 11-SM-R

2020 Mayflower Silver Medal Candidate Design 11-SM-R

10-GC-R depicts the intersection of two cultures. Mayflower passengers arrived seeking a new way of life and religious freedom while the Wampanoag people seek to protect their existing homeland, culture and traditions. Inscriptions are "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "E PLURIBUS UNUM," and "$10."

11-SM-R depicts a Wampanoag man and woman employing a planting technique used to grow several crops that were staples for the Wampanoag people. This method helped keep the soil healthy, maintaining the resources for annual plantings and successful harvests. The inscription "SUSTAINERS OF LIFE" recalls not only this sustainable planting technique but the critical skills the Wampanoag people afforded to the Pilgrims by teaching them how to successfully plant and harvest the land. The additional inscriptions of "BEANS," "MAIZE," and "SQUASH" are arced across the bottom border.

2020 Mayflower Gold Coin Candidate Design 12-GC-R

2020 Mayflower Gold Coin Candidate Design 12-GC-R

2020 Mayflower Silver Medal Candidate Design 13-SM-R

2020 Mayflower Silver Medal Candidate Design 13-SM-R

12-GC-R depicts a Wampanoag family during the course of their daily activities. A traditional Wetu home is in the background with the smoke from its central fire rising through an opening in the roof. Inscriptions are "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," and "E PLURIBUS UNUM."

13-SM-R also depicts a Wampanoag family during the course of their daily activities. A large White Pine tree in the background symbolizes the origins of the Wampanoag Creation Story. Inscriptions are "PEOPLE OF THE DAWN," and "1620-2020."

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Seth Riesling

The Mint is trying to duplicate, in a new way, its 1920 & 1921 commemorative silver half dollars, which celebrated the 300th anniversary of the Pilgrims arrival. Some nice designs here. I like the simplicity of the 01-GC-O design.

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Chas Barber
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0MG, these designs look like a 7th grader made them? Shoot a medal needs to be sexy to sell, these are so Boring & standard, where is JOhn Alden eating a piece of pUmpkin pie??? Most are quite CROWDED…IMHO

Dennis
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Dennis

07-GC-0! After all it WAS about persecuted White Christians that made the transatlantic trip to the New World and a New Start Trusting in God for their survival.

Seth Riesling
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Seth Riesling

On 10-GC-R.the Pilgrim is holding a Holy Bible with a Christian cross on it trying to convert the Native & promising “we will not take your land, I promise! We are your new neighbors – let’s eat!”

NumisdudeTX

LoopholeLyle
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LoopholeLyle

It wasn’t the indians land. They didn’t believe in owning land and they also immigrated from Asia.

LoopholeLyle
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LoopholeLyle

Way too much “diversity” nonsense and leftwing racism.
The Mayflower Anniversary is a celebration of Western Civilization, the greatest, most advanced civilization on this planet.

Seth Riesling
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Seth Riesling

How about the Native Lenape (Delaware Indian Tribe) selling the island of Manhattan in 1626 to the Dutch for the equivalent of $24 at the time in wampum (shells, beads & trinkets) & now it is known as the wealthiest 12 miles of land on Earth)? Is that PC enough for you? Don’t tell me that the Native People’s already here before the explorers reached our shores didn’t “value” land in terms of “worth” when the foreigners came calling.

NumisdudeTX

Seth Riesling
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Seth Riesling

LoopholeLyle –

Your U.S. Mint uses mostly foreign-made machinery from Germany, Switzerland & The Netherlands to produce the coins you buy. Our Mint relies on their advanced technology at least in the area of coin production. Makes you wonder…

NumisdudeTX

Cincinnatus
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Cincinnatus

UUUGGGGHHHH – horrible designs again. Surprised the Mint just didn’t cut and paste the bad Jamestown design on this coin and call it Pilgrims.

The only way these coins could get any worse is if the designer had traced his hand and called it a turkey…

Here is another one I won’t buy – especially at $35 over spot price.

James
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James

Oh BS! Please don’t buy so there are more for others.

RMC
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RMC

I would rather it were more about the Pilgrims’ achievement, for which half of them died the first winter, than about political correctness.

James
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James

Hopefully they will limit the silver coins to 20,000 with a limit of 2 per household. (or even 1)