The Commission of Fine
Arts recommended proposed designs for the 2015 High Relief
gold $75 coin and companion silver medal at its Jan. 22 meeting. Two
obverse designs and two reverse designs were recommended.
upcoming 2015 1-ounce, .9999 fine gold $75 coin will be struck by the
Mint at the West Point Mint in High Relief, not Ultra High
Relief as originally conceived.
Of the two obverses the CFA recommended, one depicts a wreathed bust
of Liberty, with the date 2015 and inscriptions LIBERTY and IN GOD WE
TRUST. The second obverse depicts Liberty standing, crowned with
leaves, holding an American flag on staff in her left hand and a torch
in her right.
MORE PROPOSED DESIGNS: 2015 High Relief gold coin designs show Liberty
Of the two reverses that received CFA recommendation, one features
an eagle in flight, clutching olive branches, with inscriptions UNITED
STATES OF AMERICA and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The denomination is presented
as SEVENTY-FIVE DOLLARS and the weight and fineness as 1 OZ. .9999
The second reverse recommended depicts an eagle perched on a branch
ruffling its wings that extend off the edge of the coin design. UNITED
STATES OF AMERICA and E PLURIBUS UNUM are inscribed around. The weight
in gold and fineness appear in two lines in the field in front of the
eagle as 1 OZ. .9999 / FINE GOLD. The denomination appears as $75.
High Relief, not Ultra High Relief
this concept was discussed at the CCAC [Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee] in July
2014, it was presented as an ultra high relief product," Tom
Jurkowsky, director of the U.S. Mint's Office of Corporate
Communications said via email Jan. 22. "At that time, however, we
were careful to indicate that the Mint was 'considering' the
'possibility' of such a product as we were very early on in concept
development. Since that time, Sales and Marketing (in concert with
Manufacturing) determined that the aesthetics of the design would
benefit more from being on a wider diameter planchet as opposed to a
smaller, thicker one that is required when creating an 'ultra high'
relief coin. This decision was arrived at in August 2014 before the
Mint requested approval from the Secretary of the Treasury to produce
specifications for the gold coin and companion silver medal won’t be
disclosed for several months, according to Adam Stump, deputy director
of the U.S. Mint’s Office for Corporate Communications. Testing is
still being done at the Philadelphia Mint, he said.
$75 face value is the first time that denomination will appear on a
is not known what the depth of relief will be for the High
Relief gold $75 coin or what planchets might be used in its striking.
It is also not disclosed what depth of relief will be used for the
silver medal nor what planchets will be employed in its production.
Edge ornamentation for the collar dies is also not yet determined. The
finish for both the coin and medal have not yet been determined.
coin designs recommended by the CFA were selected from among 41
proposed obverse and reverse designs. The CFA also reviewed 41 obverse
and reverse designs for the silver medal that are the same as those
for the gold coin, but without the coin inscriptions (mandated
mottoes, date, denomination, weight and fineness).
same designs are to be reviewed during a two-day session Jan. 27 and
28 in Washington, D.C., by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee for
their recommendations. The recommendations from both panels along with
those of the the Mint will be forwarded to the Treasury Secretary for
2009, the U.S. Mint issued a 27-millimeter Saint-Gaudens, Ultra High
Relief 1-ounce, .9999 fine gold $20 coin to mimic one version of
sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens' original intention in 1907 for an
Ultra High Relief coin. The 2009 coin, struck without Mint mark at the
West Point Mint, bears on its edge single six-pointed stars separating
each letter in the motto E PLURIBUS UNUM.
1907 Saint-Gaudens, Roman Numerals, High Relief gold $20 double eagle
measures 34.29 millimeters, weighs 1.07 ounces, is .900 fine gold and
contains 0.97 ounce of pure gold.
U.S. Mint currently issues a 1-ounce, .9999 fine gold coin in the
American Buffalo gold $50 coin. The planchets used to strike those
coins are 32.7 millimeters in diameter.
CCAC members who have supported a silver arts medal program have
suggested using the 1-ounce, .999 fine silver planchets used to strike
the American Eagle bullion, Uncirculated and Proof dollar coins. Those
planchets measure 40.1 millimeters.
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