April 20, 2014

CFA Recommendation for 2014 American Platinum Eagle Design

The Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) reviewed the reverse design candidates for the 2014 American Platinum Eagle during a meeting held on November 21, 2013. The reverse design depicts the theme "To Secure the Blessings of Liberty To Ourselves and Our Posterity" and will represent the final release in the six year design series highlighting the core concepts of American Democracy as found in the Preamble to the Constitution.

Design themes for precious years have included "To Form a More Perfect Union" (2009), "To Establish Justice" (2010), "To Insure Domestic Tranquility" (2011), "For the Common Defence" (2012), and "To Promote the General Welfare" (2013). The obverse design for each coin has featured a portrait of the Statue of Liberty designed by John Mercanti.


The United States Mint provided twelve different candidates to be considered for the reverse design of the 2014 Platinum Eagle. The CFA made their recommendation for alternative #12, which features the hands of Liberty planting a sprouting acorn into fertile soil as a symbol of securing the blessing of Liberty. As the three matures, it will produce its own acorns, ensuring that these blessings can be secured for years to come.

Commission members felt that alternative #12 was the most "concise and legible" design. They commented on the poetic symbolism of the oak sapling as a metaphor for the theme and on the simple symmetrical clarity of the composition.


At a separate meeting of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) held on November 22, 2013, the CCAC had recommended alternative #11. This design depicts Young Liberty carrying a torch. Her youth symbolizes the hope and promise of new America. The gentle landscape symbolizes harmony, pleasure, and sociability, blessings that flow from a government that ensures that freedom passes from one generation to the next.

The authority to select the final reverse design for the 2014 American Platinum Eagle rests with the Secretary of the Treasury.

For all prior five years of the design series, the CFA and CCAC have split on their design recommendations. In each case, the final design selection has matched the recommendation of the CCAC and not the CFA.

In 2009, the CFA recommended a design depicting a small three with thirteen leaves, while the final design depicted four faces of diversity with intertwined hair and clothing. For 2010, the CFA recommended a design depicting a torch. The CCAC recommendation and final design depicted a blind folded justice holding scales and an olive branch. In 2011, the CFA recommended three hands holding a laurel wreath, while the final design depicted a harvest goddess emerging from a field of wheat.

For 2012, the CFA recommended an image of a shield with an eagle atop, but the final design selection was for a depiction of a minuteman holding a rifle and book. Most recently, in 2013 the CFA recommended a design depicting Young America against an open background. The CCAC recommendation and final selection were for a similar depiction of Young America, but with a background containing three interlocking gears.

Images of all twelve reverse design candidates for the 2014 Platinum Eagle appear below.

AEP_R_01 AEP_R_02 AEP_R_03 AEP_R_04 AEP_R_05 AEP_R_06 AEP_R_07 AEP_R_08 AEP_R_09 AEP_R_10 AEP_R_011 AEP_R_12

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  1. Louis says:

    I think these are weak designs that are representative of a serious decline in the artistic quality of American coins. They will not sell well.

  2. Face 1004 says:

    I agree totally.

  3. POP says:

    Pt is my favorite of all the precious metals and I frequently purchase the Platinum American Eagles. Took a pass on the 2009 coin – because I only buy what I like and this PC design turned me off. Wasn’t going to buy the 2012 “Common Defence” based on the line drawing – glad that I changed my mind because the coin in hand looks far better than the drawing.

    For 2014 I was hoping that the 08 design would be chosen. Can’t believe the CFA choice and would prefer the CCAC pick of AEP-R-11.

    Really appreciate all the great information available here! So thanks!

  4. Bob says:

    Time to take the CFA out of the mix. Design by committee does not work.

  5. Bilbo says:

    Is that a pot plant?

  6. Gary says:

    I get the allegory that AEP-R-12 is making but I feel that it is too literal in it’s representation to make an effective allegorical implication. The representation of a child Liberty is very fresh and original and could work very well were she herself be depicted with acorns in one hand, one hand gently touching a freshly sprouted acorn sapling but with an upward gaze to a mature oak branch, with a bounty of it’s own acorns. That said, AEP-R-11 is a very fresh and original design as is. I would make the representation of dawn a bit more understated with a sun just barely beginning to glow and not have the rays merge with the torch symbol. Great work & effort on the part of the AI program.

  7. john says:

    To Louis and Pop if these are weak designs then submit your artistic drawings if it’s better, it’s easier to criticize then to do something, remember these depict the 6 preambles of the Constitution and they have to resemble that, the 2009 platinum coin was awesome and had a very low mintage of 8,000 so if you were a true coin collector you would want that coin whether you liked it or not, the other coins from 2010 to 2013 have higher montages of 10,000 to 15,000 making the 2009 the key date but your probably to stupid to realize that! There’s some coins I don’t like the design either but if you want to complete your set or collection then you get those coins not because you like the design or not, guess when people ask you why your missing the 2009 platinum coin tell them you didn’t like the design and that’s why you don’t have it and your 6 year collection of the Constitution is incomplete!

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