The 2017 American Liberty gold $100 coin will be promoted by the U.S.
Mint as part of its celebration marking the bureau’s 225th anniversary.
During the closed administration portion of the Citizens Coinage
Advisory Committee Sept. 16 meeting, members were provided information
on the 225th anniversary coin currently being developed by the Mint
and were also shown a test strike of the coin, U.S. Mint spokeswoman
Sharon McPike confirmed to Coin World Sept. 19.
“However, given that this was during the portion of the meeting not
open to the public, it would not be appropriate to share any of the
information or images of the test strike at this time,” McPike said.
“The coin seen in the administrative meeting is a research
strike. Manufacturing is still proving out the technology required to
execute this coin in high relief and with raised edge lettering.”
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Coin World was able to obtain a copy of a promotional flyer
that illustrates the adopted obverse for the high relief 1-ounce .9999
fine gold coin and a portion of the raised edge lettering design. The
adopted obverse, which has not been officially announced by the U.S.
Mint, is the design recommended in March 2016 by both the
CCAC and the Commission of Fine Arts, dual-dated 1792 and 2017.
The design depicts Liberty as an African-American woman,
facing left, wearing a crown of stars as an homage to the Statue of
Freedom atop the U.S. Capitol dome.
Reaction to the design:
A bold recommendation for American Liberty
African American Liberty portrait recommendation
Both design review panels also recommended the same eagle-in-flight
design for the reverse of the gold $100 coin. The Mint’s promotional
flyer does not illustrate an approved reverse, and U.S. Mint officials
declined to provide an illustration or disclose the design at this
time. It is not known whether the reverse design recommended by both
advisory panels is the design adopted for the coin.
Based on the promotional flyer illustrations for the gold coin, the
obverse bears the designers’ initials for U.S. Mint Artistic Infusion
Program designer Justin Kunz and U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe
Hemphill, who sculptured Kunz’s design.
What is visible from the edge illustration is ★ 225th ANNIVERSARY
★ apparently from one of three edge segments that form the collar die.
Stars also appear to flank whatever text is to appear on the remaining
two edge segments of which only a tantalizing but unreadable bit is
visible in the flyer illustration.
According to the promotional flyer, the U.S. Mint plans a year-long
initiative to educate the public about the Mint and to engage new customers.
“Throughout the year, we will host a number of outreach specific
events, to include a one-day Numismatic Forum (which will be focused
on reinvigorating the numismatic hobby), a First Strike Media Day
(where we will unveil the 225th Anniversary American Liberty 24K High
Relief Gold Coin) and a bureau-wide celebration on April 2, 2017, the
official 225th anniversary of the United States Mint,” according to
The Bureau of the Mint was congressionally established on April 2, 1792.
After the U.S. Mint’s 200th anniversary in 1992, the Mint issued a
bronze Bicentennial medal in 1993.