Gold Coin Spotlight: 2019 American Liberty High Relief Gold Coin

2019 American Liberty High Relief Gold Coin
by: Ben Tseytlin - on Coins & Currency

The U.S. Mint started accepting orders for the 2019 American Liberty High Relief Gold Coin on the 15th of August, which is one of their newest releases.  This coin is highly anticipated by many collectors as it has a number of characteristics which are desirable.

The U.S. Mint

The United States Mint, also known informally as the American Mint, is an institution that was created by Congress in 1792, and by 1873 it merged with the Department of the Treasury. To date it is the only institution in the country that is authorized to manufacture coinage for legal tender. Aside from this, it also manufactures numismatics, such as Uncirculated and Proof coins, as well as commemoratives. It is also the organization responsible for the production of Congressional Medals and coins made from bronze and silver. The U.S. Mint’s numismatic programs are all self-sustaining, which means they function without taxpayer contributions.

Coin Highlights

This coin was struck in the Mint at West Point, and is comprised of 24 karat cold with a fineness of 99.99 percent. Its finish is said to be Enhanced Uncirculated. It is considered the successor of the 2017 High Relief 225th Anniversary Gold Coin, which was so well designed that it garnered the “Best Gold Coin” award from Krause Publications for their annual coin recognition.

The coin’s obverse (head) side showcases a profile of Lady Liberty with thirteen light rays beaming from her headdress, which symbolizes the original thirteen colonies and the creative and free spirit which is inherent in Americans. Two inscriptions can also be seen, which are “In God We Trust” Liberty and the 2019 year of issue.

On the coin’s reverse (tails) side, the design showcases an eagle in flight that is about to land. The bird is vivid and sharply detailed, and a number of inscriptions are invisible, such as “United States of America, $100, 1 Oz .9999 fine gold and the Latin words “E Pluribus Unum.”

Coin Characteristics

Each of these coins has been packaged within a hardwood box that is hand lacquered and black in color. The COA, or Certificate of Authenticity, is also present. A few of the COAs have actually been autographed by the David J. Ryder, who is the current Mint Director.

The cost for the High Relief 2019 American Liberty gold coins are determined by a number of factors, which can be found within the pricing table for numismatic and commemorative coins which is offered by the U.S. Mint. The number of coins issued has been restricted to no more than fifty thousand units, and orders are structured in such a way where only one can be purchased for each household.

Orders can be made online or by phone and the U.S. Mint also has shipping options available on their website. A silver version of this coin has also been released, which has the same design.