Completing the presentation of the design candidate images recently released by the United States Mint are the potential reverse designs for the 2015-2016 American Platinum Eagles.
The typical format for the series has been to feature the static design of the portrait of the Statue of Liberty on the obverse and soaring bald eagle on the reverse for the bullion versions of the coins. After the first year of issue, the numismatic versions of the coin have featured the Statue of Liberty obverse design paired with an annually rotating reverse design. On many occasions, the reverse designs have followed a multi-year theme, such as the recent six year series presenting the core concepts of American Democracy as found in the Preamble to the Constitution.
For the next two years, a specific multi-year theme has not been established. Rather the 31 design candidate images released cover a variety of themes and concepts, although some designs are presented with a companion and in some cases one or more designs follows a common theme.
Images of all design candidates follow, along with descriptions of the themes and elements included.
Design 1 represents the “Freedom to Achieve” with a depiction of a young girl reading. She has the freedom of self-determination and the freedom to achieve all to which she aspires. Design 2 is presented as a companion design “Liberty Nurtures Freedom” with a depiction of Liberty kneeling to inspect the branch of an olive tree while extending her hand to a dove. A quiver of arrows appears at her feet to symbolize that while Liberty encourages and fosters peace, she remains ready to fight to preserve it.
The next three designs carry depictions of Liberty and an American bald eagle representing freedom with the image of a globe incorporated. Liberty is encouraging the eagle to take flight as an ambassador of democracy. Design 6 is presented as a companion to the previous three designs as an image of Liberty continuing to nurture and sustain freedom.
Designs 7 and 8 depict Liberty with flowing hair and robe waving in the winds of freedom. She holds a torch of enlightenment and an olive branch to represent peace. There are thirteen olives on the branch to represent the original 13 colonies. Design 9 is presented as a companion to the prior two designs with the depiction of a bald eagle grasping the olive branch in its talons to symbolize peace.
Designs 10 and 11 are presented as companions which celebrate the patriotic spirit of young people through the opening and closing words of the song America. The first design “My Country Tis of Thee” shows three children singing with the musical notes corresponding to the words shown below. The second design “Let Freedom Ring” shows the Liberty Bell with the corresponding musical notes.
Design 12 “Liberty and the American Dream” depicts an allegorical female falconer releasing an eagle into the sky to represent Liberty and the American dream of opportunity. The female figure wears of a wreath of olive leaves and carries a quiver of arrows.
Design 13 “American Opportunity” shows an outstretched hand reaching for the stars to represent the United States as the land of opportunity. The three stars pictured represent life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Design 14 shows the Liberty Bell depicted in a tilt as it is in the process of ringing with the words “Land of the Free” incused.
Design 15 “Liberty as America’s Strength” carries a depiction of Liberty cradling fasces to represent unity while waving a flag and boldly moving forward. Design 16 is presented as a companion and shows Liberty shining a torch over symbols of what makes America great. The symbols include the fasces for unity, the olive branch for our love of peace, and classical architectural elements for our tradition.
Design 17 features a male figure holding a sword in defense of our liberties while offering an olive branch of peace to the world. The inscription within the background reads “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
Design 18 “Foundation of Our Country” depicts Liberty sitting on a classical capitol while protecting the fruits of our labor. The companion Design 19 “America’s Future” depicts Liberty protecting a child who holds the Declaration of Independence.
Design 20 “Land of Opportunity” carries the images of a city, house, and farm to represent the different parts of the American landscape and different people’s idea of the American dream. A soaring bald eagle and the American flag appear above. Design 21 is presented as the companion with an apple tree branch bearing fruit as a symbol of opportunity.
Design 22 features a depiction of an American bald eagle as a symbol of strength and freedom. The eagle is shown in heraldic tradition with its talons grasping an olive branch and bundle of arrows.
Design 23 depicts Libertas, the Goddess of Freedom, holding the American flag. The American bald eagle is seen in the background landing on a wild olive branch.
Design 24 depicts Freedom holding in one hand a sword for defense and in the other a shield representing the Constitution of the United States along with a victor’s wreath.
Design 25 “Wisdom Seeks Justice” depicts Wisdom on the seat of Justice holding a book of knowledge and balanced scales representing equality. The sword of justice lies across her lap and her foot rests on a sphere representing the globe.
Design 26 carries a depiction of Liberty reading to children in order to represent American values regarding education, family, and freedom of speech and suggest the importance of teaching the rising generation about our founding principles, including life, liberty, justice, and the rule of law. The companion Design 27 depicts Liberty as a child reading, also underscoring the importance of education.
Design 28 carries an image of Victory holding an eagle aloft, which appeared as a figurehead on the breastwork of the flagship USS Olympia in 1898 after the Spanish American War.
Design 29 features a rose, which has been America’s national floral emblem since 1986. The repeating border features 13 eagles and 13 stars as symbols of the original 13 colonies.
Design 30 features Liberty stepping forward with the rising sun emitting 13 rays in the background. She carries a sword to signify vigilance against oppression and holds a torch as a beacon of hope and freedom.
Design 31 depicts three figures holding a torch in unity to represent a diverse American society moving confidently into the future with its path lit by the torch of liberty.