2016 Centennial Gold Coins

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US Centennial Commemorative Gold Coins

The year 2016 is a historical year, not just because it marks the 30th Anniversary of the most popular US gold and silver coin series, the American Eagle, but also because it marks the centennial celebration of the three iconic historical coin designs released by the US Mint: the Mercury/Winged Liberty, the Standing Liberty and the Walking Liberty. The gold dime, quarter, and half dollar are celebrate the 100th Anniversary since their first introduction in 1916, starting with the issue of the Mercury Dime Centennial Gold Coin in April 2016, which will continue with the Standing Liberty Centennial Gold Coin and the Walking Liberty Centennial Gold coin.

In 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt, with the help of the famous engraver and artist Augustus Saint-Gaudens, decided to change the outdated design for the most popular circulation coins at that time, the dime, quarter and half-dollar. The coins received their new designs in 1916 after Adolph A. Weinman draw the depictions for the Walking Liberty Half Dollar and the Mercury Dime/Winged Liberty while Hermon Atkins MacNeil’s redesigned the Standing Liberty Quarter. The new series of the three 24-karat gold commemorative coins honor the legendary coin designs that sustained the US currency during the Great Depression and WWII.

The US Mint plans to produce only 125,000 coins/each design which are expected to be quickly sold out. The commemorative centennial coins will carry a representative face value according to the original coin in circulation, as, for example, the gold dimes will have a face value of 10 cents, and will be minted with the following sizes: the 2016 Gold Dime will have a size of 1/10 oz., the 2016 Standing Liberty of ¼ oz. and the 2016 Walking Liberty of ½ oz. All three coin editions are shipped in special black matte hardwood cases accompanied with a Certificate of Authenticity. Certified Centennial Gold Coins from this series also carry the corresponding special 100th Anniversary label.

2016 Centennial Gold Mercury Dime Coin

The first coin released within the series honors the famous design of the Mercury Dime created by Adolph A. Weinman. The original coin was also called the Winged Liberty, but it earned its “Mercury” nickname due to the representation of the Lady Liberty wearing a Phrygian cap, that was confused Mercury, the Roman messenger god. On the reverse side of the coin is depicted an olive branch and the Roman fasces, which symbolizes the peace and unity of the American military power. The original coin was in circulation from 1916 and 1945. The coin carries the engravings “Liberty”, “In God We Trust” on the obverse side, and “United States of America”, “One Dime” and “E Pluribus Unum” on the reverse side. For the commemorative edition the initials “AW” were added on the obverse side, as well as the West Point mintmark (the letter “W”), and weight and purity marks on the reverse side. The 2016 Centennial Gold Mercury Dime Coins are also available in certified versions graded by the notorious PCGS and NGC.

2016 Centennial Gold Standing Liberty Coin (PCGS, NGC)

The second coin release within the series celebrates the remarkable design of the Lady Liberty drafted by Hermon Atkins MacNeil’s. For the 1916 quarter he featured the image of a full-length Lady Liberty holding a shield in her hand and standing in the gap of a wall. The first design type featured the Liberty as bare-chested, yet later the US Mint officially made changes and included the chain-mail-armor on the chest. On the reverse side of the coin is depicted a flying bald American eagle with its wide spread wings encircled by 13 stars representing the original colonies. The inscriptions “Liberty” and “In God We Trust” is engraved on the obverse side, while the “Quarter Dollar”, “E Pluribus Unum” and “United States of America” are present on the reverse side. The original coins circulated during 1916 and 1930 and in 1932 were re-released but featuring a different design. For the 2016 Centennial Gold Standing Liberty Coin, the MacNeil’s design was revived and modernized and contained the additional purity and weight marks on the obverse side. These coins are also available in PCGS and NGC graded options.

2016 Centennial Gold Walking Liberty Coin (PCGS, NGC)

The last release within the series commemorates the impressive design of the Walking Liberty created by Adolph A. Weinman. It represents the depiction of the Lady Liberty which is draped in the US flag marching with an outstretched hand and with the other one holding laurel and oak branches toward the setting sun. It symbolizes the United States military and civil glory, as well as a brighter future for the nation. The reverse side of the coin depicts the bald American eagle that is ready to take off perched on the edge of a cliff, holding an olive branch in its claws, symbolizing peace. The original Half Dollar coin was in circulation between 1916 and 1947. It became so popular that it was re-released 39 years after and continues to be the official silver half dollar coin of the nation. Besides the regular inscriptions, the new 2016 Centennial Gold Walking Liberty coin features the “AW” initials on the obverse side and the letter “W” for West Point, along with the weight and purity mark on the reverse side. These coins can also be found in certified editions graded by PCGS and NGC.

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