United States Mint Centennial Gold Coin Series
The Winged Liberty Dime
First released in 1916, the winged dime was the creative brainchild of sculptor and artisan, Adolph A. Weinman. At the time, Weinman’s design rose to the top from an array of designs coming from the nation’s leading artistic talent. In reprising this design, the United States Mint harkens back to the Golden Age of American minting with a rendition that is true to the original design and vision, and collectors are excited by the opportunity presented from this coin struck at the West Point mint.
Obverse—Weinman’s Winged Liberty dominates the obverse of the Winged Liberty dime along with engravings of “Liberty” and “In God We Trust” prominently displayed. Additionally, the coin’s front notes the year of issuance along with the original designer’s initials, AW.
Reverse—Replicating Weinman’s original reverse design, this new offering has an olive branch and Roman fasces that, then as now, represents the nations military might and readiness to fight yet with a nod to its enduring search for peace. Engravings include “United States of America,” “One Dime,” and “E Pluribus Unum.”
The original coin often referred to as the Mercury Dime, owing to the confusion and misconception that the Winged Liberty image represented the Roman messenger god. The Mercury Dime has since become a staple of the numismatic collecting community in terms of iconic American coins, and this latest offering promises to continue the tradition.
The Standing Liberty Quarter
The 1916 renaissance in American coin design came from the talented and creative minds of two specific designers. The first, Adolph A. Weinman, was behind the design of the Mercury Dime and Walking Liberty half-dollar. The third coin that rose to fame in 1916 was the Standing Liberty quarter, and was the work of Hermon A. MacNeil.
Obverse—The Standing Liberty quarter features Lady Liberty holding a shield and olive branch as she passes through an opening in a wall bearing 13 stars representing the original thirteen colonies. Additionally, the coin’s face features the words, “Liberty,” “In God We Trust,” “AU 24K,” “1/4 OZ.,” and “2016.”
Reverse—Gracing the reverse side of the Standing Liberty Quarter, is a depiction of an eagle in flight flanked by thirteen stars with inscriptions reading “United States of America,” “E. Pluribus Unum,” and “Quarter Dollar.”
Each coin in the series comes encapsulated and hand packed in a custom-designed, black matte hardwood cases for presentation, and comes accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.
The Walking Liberty Half-Dollar
Composed of a half ounce of pure, .9999, pure gold, the Walking Liberty half-dollar is as eye-catching as it is heavy. Like the Winged Liberty Dime, the Walking Liberty Half-Dollar came from the creative genius of Adolph A. Weinman. Perhaps one of the most popular coins coming from the government mints in the first half of the 20th-century, the 2016 release of this fine .9999 pure gold in an iconic design promises to be just as popular to a new generation of coin collectors.
Obverse—fitting for the beginning of a new century, Weinman’s design features Walking Liberty headed towards the sun, and depicts the nation’s march towards an increasingly brighter future. Etched words on the obverse include “Liberty,” “In God we Trust,” and “2016.”
Reverse—In addition to the words, “United States of America,” “E. Pluribus,” and “Half Dollar,” the coin’s reverse is dominated by a bald eagle sitting upon a craggy outcropping, poised for flight, as it overlooks its vast domains that represent the entirety of the United States of America.
While the original Walking Liberty Half Dollar proved an immensely popular coin throughout its production run from 1916 to 1947, the mint nearly scratched the design in favor of an easier struck image. The mint had difficulty striking the intricate design submitted by Adolph A. Weinman, and briefly considered adopting an older design of Chief Engraver Charles Barber. Fortunately, for numismatic zealots everywhere, they worked out the problems and Weinman’s vision made it to the obverse of the 1916 half-dollar.
1916: An Ambitious Year for Coin Design
A new century called for a new coinage system and in the early part of the 20th-Century, the United States Mint was looking for designs to update and revamp their outdated designs of the previous century. Pushed by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1905 the Mint entered into a Renaissance period of design and development, which led to a remaking of all the coinage in circulation at the time. The year 1916 was a watershed in that three of the most popular coins in circulation were revamped for consumer use: the dime, quarter, and half-dollar. A century later, these classic coins get a facelift in accordance with the anniversary and these new castings in gold honor those original designs.