Designs for the second American Liberty, High Relief gold $100 coin
to be struck and issued by the U.S. Mint were recommended March 15 by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.
The designs recommended for the 2017 .9999 fine gold coin will be
replicated, without the coin inscriptions, on High Relief .999 fine
silver companion medals.
The CCAC-recommended obverse for the 2017 release has a profile
portrait of Liberty depicted as an African-American woman, wearing a
crown of stars, an homage to the Statue of Freedom atop the U.S.
Capitol dome. The 15,000-pound plaster model for the original statue is the
centerpiece of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitors Center.
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The reverse design the CCAC recommends depicts a bold and powerful
eagle in flight, its eye focused toward opportunity with a
determination to attain it.
The 23 obverse designs and 14 reverse designs reviewed by the CCAC
will be reviewed March 17 by the Commission of Fine Arts for their recommendations.
The 2017 gold coin is the second High Relief gold coin to be struck,
with a 2015 coin being the first. Both were struck at the West Point
Mint and bear the facility's W Mint mark.
2017 will be the second year for a companion silver medal to be issued.
For 2016, the U.S. Mint plans to strike two silver medals, one at the San Francisco Mint
and one at West Point, each bearing the S or W Mint mark of the
facility where the medal is struck. Designs for both 2016 silver
medals will be the same as the obverse and reverse designs of the
2015-W American Liberty, High Relief gold $100 coin.
No silver medal was issued in conjunction with the 2015 High Relief
Details for the release dates for the 2016 issues have not yet been
announced by the U.S. Mint.
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