It’s an event that has been 100 years in the making.
The U.S. Mint has begun accepting orders for its 2016-dated Walking Liberty Half Dollar Centennial gold coin.
Struck in .9999 Fine gold, this 2016 centennial anniversary release celebrates Adolph A. Weinman’s original Walking Liberty half-dollar design. Each coin contains a half-troy ounce of 24-karat gold, symbolic of the coin’s denomination and has a business strike finish.
The obverse features a full-length figure of Liberty in full stride, enveloped in folds of the flag, with her right hand extended and branches of laurel and oak in her left. Inscriptions are “LIBERTY,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” and “2016.”
The reverse depicts an American eagle rising from a mountaintop perch. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” “AU,” “24K,” “1/2 OZ.,” and “HALF DOLLAR.”
The coin is the last of three 24-karat gold coins the U.S. Mint is issuing this year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of three classic coin designs first issued in 1916. Each coin is encapsulated and hand-packaged in a custom-designed, black matte hardwood presentation case and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.
Pricing for the coin is based on the U.S. Mint’s pricing schedule for products containing gold and platinum coins. These products are priced according to the range in which they appear on the United States Mint Gold Coin Pricing Grid.
The total number of Walking Liberty Half Dollar Centennial Gold Coins minted is limited to 70,000 units, with orders limited to three per household.
This year, the U.S. Mint has marked the centennial anniversary of three numismatic icons with the release of the Mercury Dime, Standing Liberty Quarter, and Walking Liberty Half Dollar Centennial Gold Coins.
2016 FORT MOULTRIE COIN
The U.S. Mint has also unveiled the 35th coin of its “America the Beautiful Quarters” program: the 2016 Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument) Quarter.
Depicting the historic fort named in honour of its commander, Colonel William Moultrie, the new 25-cent coin is the mint’s fifth and final quarter of 2016. It’s available in two- or three-roll sets ($32.95 USD and $46.95 USD, respectively) as well as rolls of 40 coins ($18.95 USD) and bags of 100 coins ($34.95 USD).
Designed by Richard Scott and sculpted by Joseph Menn, the aforementioned reverse design also features Sergeant William Jasper returning the regimental flag to the ramparts while under attack from a British ship. Inscriptions include “FORT MOULTRIE,” “SOUTH CAROLINA,” “2016,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.” The coin has a weight of 5.67 grams, a 24.66-mm diameter and reeded edges.
The “America the Beautiful Quarters” series captures the beauty of America’s natural landscapes. The series debuted in 2010 and will continue until 2021 with five unique designs appearing each year. The first 2016-dated quarter honours Shawnee National Forest in Illinois; the second commemorates Kentucky’s Cumberland Gap National Historical Park; the third features Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia; and the fourth celebrates Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota.