Mint eyes 2018 American Liberty gold tenth-ounce $10 coin

Release to bear designs from 2017 American Liberty gold $100 coin
By , Coin World
Published : 06/15/17
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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.

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Older Comments (3)
Correct me if I am wrong, but doesn’t this require congressional approval? The US Mint does not have the authority to mint any coins except those approved by congress.
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The U.S. Mint found a loophole in the law that allows them to strike gold legal tender coins with only the permission of the Secretary of the Treasury, without the need to go through the U.S. Congress. That is how they were able to start the $100 gold American Liberty coin series in 2015 without congressional approval.
Same fugly obverse as the 2017 American Liberty coin? Not even remotely interested in either.