US Standing Liberty gold coin available for sale from noon EST TODAY

Tomorrow at noon Eastern Standard Time, the United States Mint will start sales of the second in its three-coin anniversary tribute to some of the most iconic designs in US numismatic history. The first coin was the hit Mercury Dime released earlier this year. Struck in 1/10 oz (3.11 g) of 0.9999 gold, it was a faithful representation of the original Adolph Weinman design from 1916, that remained in circulation until 1945.

The second coin coming tomorrow brings the Standing Liberty quarter, designed by Hermon MacNeil, that also debuted in 1916, although in this case it only remained in production until 1930. Struck in ¼oz of the same 99.99% pure gold, it is again a faithful copy of the original, although the diameter is around 10% smaller. Like the Mercury Dime it’s a beautiful coin although not as striking as the dime. Packaging is identical to the first release and of a decent standard, with an enclosed Certificate of Authenticity.

Price is considerably higher than the dime, unsurprising given it’s 2½ times the weight, at $485.00 (against $215.00), but it remains, like most US Mint commemoratives, relatively good value compared to other mints such as the Royal Canadian Mint and the Royal Mint. While the 100,000 mintage seems huge in comparison to coins of this specification in other countries, the USM has deemed it necessary to set a one per household limit on them. The dime with its 125,000 mintage had a 10 per household limit applied and it sold out in very short order, even if some reappeared for sale at a later date from cancelled orders when aftermarket premiums started to ease off quite quickly.

There’s one more coin to come in this trilogy, due later this year. Most famously of all, it will be a Walking Liberty tribute. This is another Adolph Weinman design massively popularised by its use on one side of the ubiquitous American Silver Eagle bullion coin, a proof version of which is due to be launched next week with a new rim. We’ll find out tomorrow if there’s to be a stampede for this one like the Mercury Dime earlier this year. Best be there at opening time if you want to be sure of picking one up, but the tighter purchase limits will no doubt help matters.

COIN 02: STANDING LIBERTY

MINTS DESCRIPTION

Introducing the 2016 Standing Liberty Quarter Centennial Gold Coin! This gold coin is an event that’s been 100 years in the making.

Beautifully struck in .9999 fine, 24–karat gold, this gold 2016 centennial anniversary release celebrates Hermon A. MacNeil’s original “Standing Liberty” quarter design. Each gold coin contains one–quarter troy ounce of 24–karat gold, symbolic of the coin’s denomination, and has a business strike finish.

The obverse (heads) features Liberty holding a shield and olive branch as she steps through an opening in a wall bearing 13 stars. Inscriptions are “LIBERTY,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” “AU 24K,” “1/4 oz.,” and “2016.”

The reverse (tails) depicts and eagle in flight flanked by 13 stars. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” and “QUARTER DOLLAR.”

Each coin is encapsulated and hand–packaged in a custom–designed, black matte hardwood presentation case and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

In 2016, the U.S. Mint will mark the centenary anniversary of three numismatic icons with the release of the Mercury Dime, Standing Liberty Quarter, and Walking Liberty Half Dollar Centennial Gold Coins.

COIN 01: THE MERCURY DIME

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SPECIFICATION

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE BOX / COA
$0.25 US 0.9999 GOLD 7.776 g 22.0 mm PROOF  100,000 YES / YES

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UNITED STATES MINT STANDING LIBERTY