The U.S. Mint has shared potential designs for its upcoming 2018, 2019, and 2020 American Eagle Platinum Proof coins. The designs will be discussed at the next Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee Meeting, scheduled to take place tomorrow, September 16. The candidates are included below with an introduction and descriptions provided by the Mint.
Since its inception in 1997, each American Eagle Platinum Proof Coin has shared a common obverse that features a portrait of Liberty. The reverse has been host to a variety of themed series (Vistas of Liberty, Preamble to the Constitution and Torches of Liberty). To mark the 20th anniversary of the program in 2017, the coin will feature the same obverse and reverse designs from 1997.
As the Platinum Proof program enters its third decade, a new three-year series will depict American artists’ interpretation of the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence. Drawing inspiration from the program’s past, the obverses of the coins in this series (not the reverses) will change from year to year while the reverse, an American eagle, will remain consistent. The obverse of 2018 will represent “Life,” 2019 will represent “Liberty,” and 2020 will represent “the pursuit of Happiness.”
We asked artists to develop submissions for all three years, creating designs that not only well represent each individual theme, but that also work together harmoniously to give expression to the core American principles of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Most participating artists also submitted optional reverse designs of American eagles to be considered with their obverse sets.
Required obverse inscriptions for the platinum proof coin are “Liberty,” “In God We Trust,” “E Pluribus Unum” and the year of issuance. An additional inscription of “Life” has been added on some of the 2018 obverse designs and “Pursuit of Happiness” on some of the 2020 obverse.
Reverse designs for the 2018, 2019, and 2020 Platinum Proof coins will feature an American eagle and will stay the same over the three year series. Required reverse inscriptions for the platinum coin are “United States of America,” “1 oz.,” “.9995 Platinum,” and the denomination, “$100.”
Set 01 is inspired by Art Deco reliefs and features an American eagle in the background of each design, representing America’s democratic government “instituted among men” to protect, defend and secure the rights of its citizens.
Set 02 displays the principles of “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” united by an American flag, which flows across all three designs when they are displayed in a triangle formation.
Set 03 depicts elements inspired by the Statue of Liberty, one of the most powerful symbols of America.
Set 04 features allegorical figures inspired by classical symbolism, paying homage to the political thinkers of eras past who influenced the roots and the branches of American democracy.
Set 05 and Set 06 depict allegorical figures in beautiful landscape settings. The sun and star, used throughout, represent hope, destiny and the potential for happiness.
Set 07 and Set 07A portray Liberty planting seed for future sustenance, lighting the way westward, and harvesting the well worked crops. The inscriptions “Life,” “Liberty,” and “Happiness” are likenesses of the handwritten words from the Declaration of Independence.
Set 08 features the primary design elements for “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” set against a textured field.
Set 09 and Set 09A illustrate the progression of a female from infancy to adulthood. In each, the figure is accompanied by an American flag, enjoying the protection it affords, and holding an olive branch to symbolize peace.
Set 10 features a close-up of the hand of the Statue of Liberty holding aloft her torch. The flames from the torch become visually more energetic, underscoring how the unalienable rights Americans enjoy build upon one another.
Other Reverses: Reverse-11 features an eagle as it prepares to land; Reverse-12 shows a close-up view of an eagle, emphasizing its powerful form as it looks to the left; Reverse-13 portrays an eagle grasping an oak branch; Reverse-14 depicts a close-up view of an American eagle’s head.
The results of the tomorrow’s CCAC meeting will be posted as information becomes available.