The United States Mint completes a busy two weeks of product launches with today’s releases of the 2019-W $100 American Liberty 1-ounce gold coin and the 2019-P American Liberty 2.5-ounce silver medal. The pair of high reliefs goes on sale at noon EDT.
Each has a 50,000 mintage and an initial household order limit of 1 piece. The .999 fine silver medal is $99.95. The .9999 fine, 24-karat gold coin opens at $1,940. Its price can change weekly depending on the trending value of gold.
Both collectibles share the same obverse (heads side) and reverse (tails side) designs.
Designed by Richard Masters and sculpted by Joseph Menna, obverses depict Liberty with 13 rays of light, symbolizing the free and creative spirit of America’s people, emanating along her headdress. The Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) and the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) recommended this design from American Liberty candidates reviewed last year.
In the following video, U.S. Mint Chief Engraver Joseph Menna talks briefly about working on the American Liberty.
Designed by Donna Weaver and sculpted by Michael Gaudioso, reverses show a bald eagle as it prepares to land. Its feathers appear enhanced compared to the original design candidate, changed following rendering concerns from the CCAC.
The CFA recommended the design over others, noting, "The radial pattern of the eagle’s wing would pair well with the headdress on the obverse." The original design was the CCAC’s second preference, losing some support because of the since modified feathers.
The West Point Mint produces the gold coin. It features an enhanced uncirculated finish.
2019-W American Liberty Gold Coin Specifications
|Weight:||1.0000 troy oz.
|Mint and Mint Mark:||West Point – W|
The Philadelphia Mint strikes the silver medal. It has a matte finish, which is similar in appearance to an uncirculated coin.
2019-P American Liberty Silver Medal Specifications
|Weight:||2.500 troy oz.
|Mint and Mint Mark:||Philadelphia – P|
When released at noon, place orders from the U.S. Mint’s online store. The gold coin’s product page is here and the silver medal’s product page is here. Place orders also by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).