The United States Mint announced prices, mintages, a release date, and published images of their 2024 Liberty & Britannia Gold Coin and Silver Medal. These products are the result of a design collaboration between the Chief Engravers of the U.S. Mint and Britain’s Royal Mint.
Sales for pre-orders will commence on Feb. 8 for both the gold coin and silver medal, with 30-day ordering windows. The .9999 fine gold coin has a mintage set at 10,000, while the .999 fine silver medal’s mintage is 75,000. Household order limits are set at 1 for the gold coin and 2 for the silver medal. Typically, these ordering limits are lifted after the first 24 hours of sales.
Both share designs, a 1-ounce weight, and a proof finish. Proofs represent the highest quality coins produced by the United States Mint, known for their frosted designs and mirror-like backgrounds. They are crafted from polished blank planchets that undergo multiple strikes using special dies. Differences between the pair include mandated inscriptions for the coin, their production facilities (West Point for the gold coin and Philadelphia for the silver medal), and, of course, their prices.
Liberty & Britannia Gold Coin and Silver Medal Designs
The result of collaboration between Chief Engravers Joseph Menna of the United States Mint and Gordon Summers of The Royal Mint, the obverses (heads side) of the coin and the medal feature allegorical Liberty and Britannia in stoic profile portraits, incorporating complementary and balanced elements reminiscent of the faces on a playing card.
Their appearance identifies each figure: Liberty is depicted holding a torch and adorned with stars, while Britannia wields a trident and wears a Corinthian helmet. The inscriptions on this side include "LIBERTY" and "2024."
"The collaborative design features Liberty and Britannia, two historical themes featured on many coins over the years, but never together on one unified design," stated the U.S. Mint on Jan. 9 when it announced the design. "American Liberty, historically represented by a woman in her many variations, represents that bedrock value that is so important to Americans. She has appeared on U.S. coinage since the early years of the Nation. Britannia, a staple on British coinage since the late 1600s, has long been the national personification of Britain. Often a symbol of maritime power, this allegorical image has come to be a symbol of national pride and unity."
Designed solely by Menna, the reverses (tails side) depict the sun rising over the Atlantic Ocean, framed by two shores. On the west, there’s a Great Basin Bristlecone Pine tree, and on the east, an English Yew tree. These elements symbolize both nations and the prospects for their ongoing mutual friendship.
Inscriptions for the gold coin include "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "LIBERTY AND BRITANNIA," "E PLURIBUS UNUM," "AU 24 1 oz.," "IN GOD WE TRUST,"
and "$100." Those for the silver medal are limited to "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" and "LIBERTY AND BRITANNIA."
Specifications for Liberty & Britannia Gold Coin and Silver Medal
|1.000 Troy oz.
|1.000 troy oz.
|1.205 Inches/ 30.61 mm
|1.598 Inches/ 40.60 mm
|Mint and Mint Mark
|West Point – W
|Philadelphia – P
Pricing has been established at $89 for the medal. As for the gold coin, it can vary weekly dependent on the trending value of gold as compared to the U.S. Mint’s pricing matrix.
Pre-ordering for both collectibles opens on Feb. 8 at noon ET. Orders can be placed by visiting the U.S. Mint’s product page for the coin and medal.
Additionally, visit this The Royal Mint page for information about the UK 2024 Britannia and Liberty coins.