United States Mint
officials decided July 13 that the bureau will not produce and issue
the American Liberty, High Relief silver medal in 2015.
Furthermore, "We have not determined if this product will be
released at a later date," Adam Stump, deputy director of the
Mint's Office of Corporate Communications, said via email July 14. No
other explanation was offered by Mint officials.
The 1-ounce .999 fine silver medal was anticipated to be a companion
product to the 2015-W American Liberty, High Relief, $100 gold
coin to be issued July 30. The medal was to bear the same designs
as the gold coin but sans the coin inscriptions.
Gary Marks, a member of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee who
championed a silver arts medal program while CCAC chairman, said July
14 by email that "when I was at Mint headquarters in June, I
discussed the possibility with the Mint's leadership of delaying
the silver medal until 2016."
"Due to the Mint's current production schedule (for other
programs) and the fact that it appeared the silver medal wouldn't be
available until late in 2015, I felt waiting for an early release in
2016 would give the silver medal its best position for success,"
Marks said. "Given the CCAC's high interest in the silver medal
and the Committee's extensive and ongoing interaction with Mint
personnel on the matter, I am confident we will see a silver medal in 2016.
Mint officials also determined that the American Liberty, High Relief gold coin will not
be an annual product, according to Stump.
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