Without much fanfare, the U.S. Mint posted notice on its website March 9 that sales for the 2016-W Winged Liberty Head Centennial gold dime will begin at noon Eastern Time April 21.
The much-anticipated dime is the first of three Centennial anniversary coins in gold to replicate .900 fine silver versions originally introduced in 1916. The other two, also dated 2016 and also to be composed of .9999 fine gold, are the Standing Liberty quarter dollar and the Walking Liberty half dollar.
Release dates for the Centennial gold quarter dollar and half dollar are not yet announced.
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While mintage limits and household ordering limits still need to be determined, according to U.S. Mint spokesman Michael White, pricing for the gold Centennial coins will be in accordance with the U.S. Mint pricing schedule for gold coins. White said the products will be priced according to the range where they will appear on the U.S. Mint Gold Coin Pricing Grid.
The dime will be a tenth-ounce coin, the quarter dollar a quarter-ounce coin, and the half dollar a half-ounce coin, each composed of .9999 fine gold.
The dime's diameter will be 16.5 millimeters, or 0.65-inch. The thickness will be 1.19 millimeters or 0.047-inch and the coin will exhibit a reeded edge.
The dime will have a circulation-strike finish and bear on its reverse the W Mint mark of the West Point Mint where the coins are being struck. As of March 9, the West Point Mint was near the end of its scheduled production for the gold dime.
Each coin will be encapsulated and placed in a custom designed, black matte, wood presentation case, and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.
In-stock items will be available for immediate shipment. Customers are asked to allow approximately one to two weeks for shipping of in-stock products.