The U.S. Mint has announced plans to issue gold versions of three classic 1916 coins in honor of their upcoming centennial in 2016. The commemorated coins will include the Winged Liberty dime, the Standing Liberty quarter, and the Walking Liberty half dollar.
The new .9999 24-karat gold coins will be issued in sizes that approximate those of the original issues. The Winged Liberty dime will come as a 1/10 oz. piece, the Standing Liberty quarter will be 1/4 oz., and the Walking Liberty half dollar will weigh 1/2 oz.
The Winged Liberty dime was designed by Adolph A. Weinmen. It’s obverse features an image of Liberty facing left and wearing a winged cap. Inscribed along the rim are LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST, the mint mark, and the year of issue. The Mint’s press release points out that this design became known as the Mercury dime because of Liberty’s resemblance to the Roman god, Mercury.
The coin’s reverse bears an illustration of a Roman fasces with an olive branch, along with the inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, and ONE DIME. The gold issue of this coin will add the inscriptions AU, 24K, and 1/10 OZ to the reverse.
The Standing Liberty design was created by Herman A. MacNeil. The obverse image features Liberty standing with a shield and an olive branch before a wall marked with 13 stars.
The reverse design bears the image of an eagle in flight with 13 stars placed along the rim; the inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, and QUARTER DOLLAR occupy the field around the eagle. This reverse will also feature the updated inscriptions AU, 24 K, and 1/4 OZ.
Adolph A. Weinman also designed the Walking Liberty half dollar. The obverse design features Liberty walking to the left, moving toward sunrise while bearing branches of laurel and oak, which symbolize civil and military glory, according to the release. The American flag unfurls behind her. Inscribed on the obverse are LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST, the mint mark, and the year of issue.
The reverse bears the image of an eagle rising toward flight, surrounded by the inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, and HALF-DOLLAR. As with the other commemorative issues, this coin will feature the additional inscriptions AU, 24 K, and 1/2 OZ.
The Mint’s press release notes that mintage levels, sale dates, and pricing have yet to be determined and will be announced some time next year.