For the last couple of weeks, collectors have been noticing the lack of images of the 2017 American Liberty high-relief gold coin on the Mint’s product schedule. As the release dates approached for the coins preceding it on the calendar—the Boys Town commemoratives, the 2017 Proof Set, and the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site quarters—their photos appeared in the normal manner. When the American Liberty’s turn came, the Mint skipped over it and added photos of the next two products on the April schedule: the ATB quarters Uncirculated set and the Frederick Douglass three-coin set. That left the calendar complete except for the one glaring omission.
It isn’t unheard-of for a product to be unillustrated 10 days ahead of its release—but given that the American Liberty coin is the Mint’s highlight of 2017, as well as being an expensive item that one would expect to be heavily promoted, some collectors were worried the Mint would cancel it. Perhaps it was too controversial; perhaps the unpredictable new administration in the White House might target the coin in an excess of money-saving zeal.
Those who’ve been worried that cancellation was a possibility will be glad to know that, as of this morning, the Mint has officially added the American Liberty images to its library—the precursor to adding photos to the product page. In addition to the normal obverse and reverse shots and the new norm of an angled shot, the Mint added two additional angled shots to show the depth of relief and the complete edge lettering (see below). Barring strange and unforeseen circumstances, we can expect the product catalog to get its images shortly.
On a different note, the 2017 U.S. Mint Proof Set will be available at noon (Eastern) on Wednesday, March 29. The Mint’s press release follows the American Liberty images below.
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(Washington)—The Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2017 United States Mint Proof Set (17RG) on March 29 at noon Eastern Time.
This set includes the following coins, all with the S mintmark of the U.S. Mint at San Francisco:
- Five America the Beautiful Quarters Program coins honoring Effigy Mounds National Monument (Iowa), Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (Washington, DC), Ozark National Scenic Riverways (Missouri), Ellis Island (Statue of Liberty National Monument; New Jersey), and George Rogers Clark National Historical Park (Indiana)
- One Native American $1 coin with a reverse design featuring a profile of Sequoyah writing “Sequoyah from Cherokee Nation” in the Cherokee syllabary (writing system) along the border of the design
- One Kennedy half dollar
- One Roosevelt dime
- One Jefferson nickel
- One Lincoln penny
The coins are sealed in two protective lenses to accentuate and maintain their exceptional quality. In 2017, the front of the carton has an image of the Washington Monument at sunrise. The back of the carton has an image of each America the Beautiful Quarters national park or site honored in 2017 (along with the year in which it was first established as a national site, its name, and the host jurisdiction), and the partial obverse coin images of the remaining coins. A certificate of authenticity accompanies each set.
The 2017 United States Mint Proof Set is priced at $26.95. Orders will be accepted at https://catalog.usmint.gov/coins/proof-sets/ and at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order at 1-888-321-MINT. Information about shipping options is available at https://catalog.usmint.gov/customer-service/shipping.html.
The United States Mint Proof Set can also be purchased through the Mint’s Product Enrollment Program. Visit https://catalog.usmint.gov/shop/product-enrollments/ to learn more about this convenient ordering method.
About the United States Mint
The United States Mint was created by Congress in 1792 and became part of the Department of the Treasury in 1873. It is the nation’s sole manufacturer of legal-tender coinage and is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the nation to conduct its trade and commerce. The Mint also produces numismatic products, including Proof, uncirculated, and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver, gold, and platinum bullion coins. Its numismatic programs are self-sustaining and operate at no cost to taxpayers. The Mint is celebrating its 225th anniversary in 2017 (#USMint225). ❑
Press release courtesy of the U.S. Mint.