The U.S. Mint confirmed in a press release yesterday that it will go ahead with plans to reissue gold versions of three classic 1916 coins a century after their original debut. The 1916 dime, quarter, and half dollar — originally 90% silver and bearing designs known as “Winged Liberty,” “Standing Liberty,” and “Walking Liberty,” respectively — will be issued in .9999 24-karat gold some time in 2016.
The reissues will vary in size, roughly in accordance with the dimensions of the original pieces. 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 be the largest at 1/2 oz.
Further information regarding mintage levels, release dates, and pricing for the coins will be announced next year. The following images are mock-ups of the proposed gold issues, shared by the Mint last June.
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; Liberty’s resemblance in this design to the Roman god, Mercury, led to the issue being nicknamed the “Mercury dime.” Inscribed along the rim are LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST, the mint mark, and the year of issue.
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 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.
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.
The reverses of these coins will feature the additional inscriptions AU, 24 K, and a numerical fraction detailing the piece’s weight in ounces.
To learn more about the U.S. Mint’s gold collector coin program, please visit its Web site.