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U.S. High Relief Gold Coins

2017 American Liberty High Relief Proof: Celebrating 225 years of producing U.S. Coin and Currency, the U.S. Mint is releasing a $100 High Relief Proof 24 karat Gold Coin featuring an African-American Lady Liberty on the obverse. On April 2, 1792 the U.S. Congress passed the Coinage Act or Mint Act which effectively established the U.S. Mint, regulated the U.S. coin and currency system, and named the United States Silver Dollar as the official currency. The Flowing Hair Dollar, minted from 1794-1795, was the first Silver Dollar to be issued after the legislation was passed. There have been many different variations of Lady Liberty on U.S. coinage since 1792, the American Silver Eagle, the 2005 Statue of Liberty Commemorative, and the 2015-W American Liberty Gold, etc to name a few. However, 2017 marks the first time an African-American Lady Liberty design has been used. Only 100,000 are being minted.

The 2017 High Relief American Liberty Gold is to be part of a Liberty Series. According to the U.S. Mint, the series will include depictions of Liberty as an Hispanic-American, Asian-American, and Indian-American among others to express the cultural diversity of America.

In 2009 the U.S. Mint produced an Ultra High Relief $20 Double Eagle Gold Coin. It was not only a modern version of the 1907 Ultra High Relief Double Eagle Gold Pattern, but a nod to modern day manufacturing and coin minting techniques. The original Gold Pattern design, by Augusts Saint-Gaudens, was never created as intended due to restraints in manufacturing. However, the pattern was minted from 1907 through 1933, but in a much lower relief gold coin. The 2009 version included some updates to the design to fit modern coinage (adding In God We Trust, changing the year to 2009, and adding some stars to represent all current U.S. states). With an Uncirculated finish and made of 24 karat Gold, it carried a mintage of 115,178. Not only a historic coin, but it was also popular among collectors.

In 2015, the U.S. Mint released a $100 Gold Coin featuring a high relief Lady Liberty design. Struck in 24 karat Gold, this issue depicts a rendition of Lady Liberty holding a torch and American flagon the obverse by designer Justin Kunz and sculptor by Phebe Hemphill. It also features an American Eagle on the reverse designed by Paul Balin and sculpted by Don Everhart. It had a limited mintage of 50,000.