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.