On January 12, 2017, the Mint will hold its first big event of the new year: the unveiling of the 2017 American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin design. So far, the view has been limited to the line art of the final design (shown above). An unofficial photo of a test strike has circulated online, but no official photographs of the coin have been released.
The design, which was recommended in March 2016 by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee, depicts a left-facing bust of an African American woman wearing a coronet of stars, with the word LIBERTY above, the national motto below, and the dual dates 1792 and 2017. The 24-karat gold coin will be struck in high relief, and the edge will be lettered with the inscription ✭ 225TH ANNIVERSARY ✭. Companion silver medals will also be struck (the very popular 2016 American Liberty silver medals sold out quickly; they are available on the secondary market from vendors like APMEX).
The January 12 unveiling ceremony will be open to the media but not the general public. Taking place at 1 p.m. Eastern Time, in the Cash Room at the Department of the Treasury in Washington, D.C, it will be overseen by Treasury secretary Jacob Lew, deputy Treasury secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin, and United States Mint principal deputy director Rhett Jeppson. The unveiling ceremony will kick off a year-long series of events in celebration of the Mint’s 225th anniversary, which takes place on April 2, 2017. ❑