With the July 30 release of the 2015-W American Liberty, High Relief
gold $100 coin, collectors were hoping that the U.S. Mint would also
issue a companion silver medal version bearing the same designs.
The bureau nixed the American Liberty, High Relief silver medal
months after it had announced the medal would be issued, and moved
forward with sales of just the gold coin.
The gold coin was limited to a release of 50,000 coins, with no
household ordering limits.
The coin, retailed at $1,490 each by the Mint, recorded
sales of 60 percent of the product limit within the first 75 minutes
of its noon Eastern Time release July 30.
Sales totals thereafter fluctuated up and down in the following
weeks. Some buyers who had taken delivery returned them to the Mint
for refunds after they were unable to quickly sell the new coins for
premiums in the secondary market. It became clear that coin was not
going to sell out anytime soon.
As of Dec. 22, the American Liberty coin was still being offered for
sale by the U.S. Mint at the same introductory price, $1,490 per coin.
Sales of the product through Dec. 13 reached 47,902.
The American Liberty gold coin was issued as part of the Mint’s
effort at design and production excellence, and was described in the
Mint’s product description as “a piece that renders contemporary
designs using the latest in modern digital and manufacturing technology.”
The American Liberty, High Relief $100 coin is intended to
complement the 2009 Ultra High Relief gold $20 coin. The 2009 coin was
based on a variation struck 102 years earlier, of sculptor Augustus
Saint-Gaudens’ 1907 vision of an Ultra High Relief gold $20 double eagle.
Despite the lack of a sellout for the 2015 coins, some secondary
market demand is seen for the coins, especially for top-quality
examples that were graded and encapsulated by a leading third-party
Recent completed eBay auctions include a Professional Coin Grading
Service Mint State 70 coin, with gold foil grading label, that
sold in a Dec. 15 offering for $1,799. A PCGS MS-70 coin with a First
Strike grading label sold in a Dec. 15 eBay sale for $2,695, while
another First Strike example in the same PCGS grade sold Dec. 14 for $2,125.
According to the grading service, “The PCGS First Strike program
designates coins issued in the first 30 days of the Mint’s release.”
One of the American Liberty gold coins in its original Mint
packaging sold in a Dec. 8 eBay auction for $1,590, $100 more than if
the buyer and acquired an example directly from the Mint.
More Top 10 Stories
Women on 20s
Coin and Chronicles sets
Special dimes in March of Dimes set
Major auctions: Partrick, Gardner, Pogue
American Eagle silver bullion sales record
2016 gold centennial coins
Canada gold coin melt
New Queen Elizabeth II portrait
American Liberty, High Relief gold coin
1933 gold double eagle case continues