The U.S. Mint is planning to kick off a yearlong celebration in 2017
of its 225th anniversary with a news event Jan. 12 in the Cash Room of the Treasury Department in
The 1 p.m. kick-off ceremony will include the unveiling of the
adopted obverse, reverse and edge designs for the dual-dated
1792–2017-W American Liberty gold $100 coin.
The coin is scheduled to be released sometime in the spring,
according to U.S. Mint officials.
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Earlier in 2016, during a meeting of the Citizens Coinage Advisory
Committee, an informational brochure was circulated among members
which illustrated the adopted obverse design of the high relief coin.
The illustration, shown here, also includes a partial look at the
edge device to include 225TH ANNIVERSARY and 13 five-point stars. The
edge device will be imparted using a three-part, segmented collar.
Both the CCAC and Commission of Fine Arts recommended a proposed
reverse design depicting an eagle in flight with its wings on the
downward thrust. The adopted reverse will not be publicly disclosed
until Jan. 12.
First look: 2017 American Liberty
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.
The Jan. 12 event will be the first of many for the Mint’s
Mint officials released the following “Note to Editors” Dec. 6
concerning the Jan. 12 kick-off event for the Mint’s 225th Anniversary:
“Throughout next year, the Mint will also highlight the unique
contributions the Mint makes to American society and commerce. Many
people don’t know that as both a self-sustaining corporation and a
government agency, the revenue generated from the Mint’s operations
goes back to the taxpayer,” the Mint stated.
“From a manufacturing standpoint, we drive innovation through new
technology and lean practices.
“Obviously a lot has changed since our founding in 1792 — from the
coins we make that tell America’s history, to how and why we make them
— and we look forward to sharing these stories throughout the new year.”
The Bureau of the Mint was legislatively authorized by Congress
on April 2, 1792.