Mock-up renderings of the mandated designs for a 2017 American
Eagle $25 palladium bullion coin were reviewed March 16 by the Commission of Fine Arts.
The initial review of the designs was to be undertaken March 15 by
the Citizens Coinage
Advisory Committee, but that session was moved to March 21
because of the snowstorm that hit Washington, D.C., on March 14.
The enabling legislation is the American Eagle Palladium Bullion
Coin Act of 2010, Public Law 111-303.
Is coin jewelry a form of self-expression or
mutilation?: Inside Coin World:
Jewelry made from coins can be found for sale all over the
Internet, and even at major coin shows. Is it numismatic art or
The general designs have been known since before passage of the
legislation; the act specifies that the obverse will replicate
sculptor Adolph A. Weinman’s Winged Liberty Head dime
design, and the reverse, an eagle he designed in 1906 for the the
reverse of an American Institute of Architects gold medal first
awarded in 1907.
In the Mint’s interpretation of the obverse design, the date, 2017,
appears with the 17 larger than the 20, and also slightly higher.
Weinman’s intertwined designer initials, AW, appear in the right
obverse field, as on the dime.
For the reverse, the Mint design team added statutory coinage
inscriptions not found in the medal’s design. The $25 face value of
the coin appears as $25 in the field to the viewer’s left, in front of
the eagle’s beak. To accommodate weight and precious metal
fineness inscriptions for the palladium bullion coin, the word
“Palladium” is abbreviated as “Pd.” The inscription 1 OZ. Pd .9995
FINE, appears in a single line above E PLURIBUS UNUM.
U.S. Mint spokesman Michael White said the inscriptions on the rock
below the eagle — weight, metallic composition, fineness and E
PLURIBUS UNUM — are proposed to be incuse, while the denomination and
UNITED STATES of AMERICA will be raised, though that could change.
“If coining tests show this as problematic, we may have to lower the
relief in the rock and raise the inscriptions,” White said.
Since the coin will be a bullion issue, it will bear no Mint mark.
Bullion versions of gold, silver and platinum American Eagles, all of
which are struck at the West Point Mint, are all produced without Mint mark.
U.S. Mint officials have disclosed no specific date when the the
coins will be made available to the authorized purchasers nor whether
production will have any limit.