From a line of precious metal coins dating back to 1997, the United States Mint introduced a new themed-series with today’s release of the 2021-W First Amendment to the United States Constitution Platinum Proof Coin — Freedom of Religion.
Like previous strikes from the program of proof American Platinum Eagles, each 1-ounce coin is 99.95% platinum with a $100 face value.
The new product is the first in a five-year series continuing through 2025 with obverse (heads side) designs reflecting the five freedoms in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution — Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press, Freedom to Peaceably Assemble, and Freedom to Petition the Government for a Redress of Grievances.
"This series uses the lifecycle of the oak tree from seedling to a mighty oak as a metaphor for our country’s growth as a nation that values freedom," the Mint describes. "Liberty grows to a thing of strength and beauty from a seed — our Bill of Rights. Each of the freedoms enumerated in the First Amendment contributes to the growth and development of the Nation."
Specifically, obverses for the five-coins depict:
2021: A seedling and an acorn surrounded by the inscription "WITH FREEDOM OF RELIGION LIBERTY GROWS."
2022: A juvenile oak tree framed with the inscription "WITH FREEDOM OF SPEECH LIBERTY BLOSSOMS."
2023: The branch of mature oak tree with acorns amid the inscription "WITH FREEDOM OF THE PRESS LIBERTY BEARS FRUIT."
2024: Several types of oak leaves assembled between the inscription "WITH THE RIGHT TO ASSEMBLE LIBERTY SPREADS."
2025: A mature spreading, impressive oak tree between the inscription "WITH THE RIGHT TO PETITION LIBERTY ENDURES."
All five designs were created by Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Designer Donna Weaver and sculpted by U.S. Mint Chief Engraver Joseph Menna. Also inscribed on the images are "IN GOD WE TRUST," "E PLURIBUS UNUM," and their year of minting, for example "2021" for this year’s issue.
Unique designs have had a history with proof American Platinum Eagles. Prior-year issues have showcased various themes like "Vistas of Liberty" and "Foundations of Democracy." The three most recent program coins centered on the "Preamble to the Constitution" with the 2018 "Life" coin, the 2019 "Liberty" coin and the 2020 "Pursuit of Happiness" coin.
The 2021-2025 platinum coins share the same reverse (tails side) design as the just mentioned 2018-2020 themed series, depicting an eagle in flight with an olive branch in its talons.
Surrounding reverse inscriptions include "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "$100," "1 OZ.," and ".9995 PLATINUM." The image was designed by Artistic Infusion Program Designer Patricia Lucas-Morris and sculpted by Medallic Artist Don Everhart.
Coin Specifications of Proof American Platinum Eagles
|Weight:||1.0005 troy oz.
|Mint and Mint Mark:||West Point – W|
Proof American Platinum Eagles are produced at the U.S. Mint’s facility in West Point. As such, the West Point’s mintmark of "W" is also found on the reverse.
Ordering, Mintage and Limits
The 2021 First Amendment to the United States Constitution Platinum Proof Coin — Freedom of Religion may be ordered directly from the Mint’s catalog of platinum coins.
Initial pricing for the coin is $1,645, based on the Mint’s precious metal product pricing and LBMA platinum averaging within $1,050 to $1,099.99 per ounce.
Mintage is limited to 15,000 with an initial household order limit of 1 coin.