As planned, the American Liberty fractional gold coin being
contemplated for production and release in 2018 by the U.S. Mint would be
a tenth-ounce .9999 fine gold piece with a face value of $10.
The Commission of Fine
Arts reviewed the proposed design sketches June 15; the Citizens Coinage Advisory
Committee is to scrutinize the same designs June 21.
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The 2018 coin is slated to bear the same obverse and reverse designs
that currently appear on the 2017-W American Liberty $100 coin issued
to celebrate the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Mint. The 2017-W coin
contains 1 troy ounce of .9999 fine gold.
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The U.S. Mint has not yet released details of whether the 2018
tenth-ounce $10 coin will be struck in high relief, what finish it
will exhibit, and whether it will bear the W Mint mark of the West
Point Mint. Other details not yet released include whether the coin
will be struck to an authorized maximum mintage or to order.
The 2018 coins would likely be struck on the same .9999 fine gold
blanks as were last used to strike the 2008 American Buffalogold $5 coins.
The 2017 coin’s obverse design is a modern rendition of Liberty as
an African-American woman wearing a crown of five-pointed stars. The
obverse was designed by U.S. Mint Artistic
Infusion Program artist Justin Kunz and sculptured by U.S. Mint
Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill.
The reverse design depicts an American eagle in flight, its wings in
a downward thrust. The reverse was designed by AIP artist Chris T. Costello and sculptured by U.S. Mint
Sculptor-Engraver Michael Gaudioso.