production is already ongoing at the West Point and San Francisco Mints for the Proof 2016 American
Liberty, High Relief silver medals, no specific release date has yet
been announced by U.S.
have also not announced mintage limits, if any, nor ordering
restrictions nor pricing.
silver medals bear the same designs that appear on the 2015-W American
Liberty, High Relief $100 gold coin released July 30, 2015.
silver medals are being struck with a Proof finish on 1-ounce .999
fine silver blanks of the same kind as are used to strike American
Eagle silver coins. The medals are being struck with a smooth plain edge.
medal struck at the San Francisco Mint will bear the S Mint mark while
the West Point Mint strikes will exhibit the W Mint mark. The Mint
mark appears on the medal's reverse in the field below the eagle.
the West Point and the San Francisco Mint medals are struck on a Gräbener GMP 360 TK coinage press. Each blank is
struck three times under 219 metric tons of pressure per strike. The
dies are oriented to strike vertically, with the upper or hammer die
being the obverse and the lower or anvil die being the reverse.
obverse of the medal will bear U.S. Mint Artistic Infusion Program
artist Justin Kunz's modern rendition of Liberty.
Liberty is depicted robed and with a crown of leaves, a torch raised
in her right hand and holding an American flag on staff in her left.
The obverse was sculptured by U.S. Mint Medallic Sculptor Phebe Hemphill.
reverse was designed by AIP artist Paul C. Balan and sculptured by U.S. Mint
Sculptor-Engraver Donald Everhart II. The design features an eagle
rising in flight, gripping an olive branch in its talons.