These 225th Anniversary Silver medals were struck using a 1 oz .999 fine Silver planchet, which is normally reserved for the American Silver Eagle program.
Following the popular 2016 Silver medal, which sold out from the U.S. Mint in less than 10 minutes, the anticipated 2017-P medal is here. Celebrating the Mint’s 225th year anniversary the Silver Medal is a counterpart to the 2017-W American Liberty Gold Proof $100 coin, bearing the same design of the first Black Lady Liberty.
This is the first 2017 Silver Medal, soon to be followed by a 2017 4-Medal Silver set, which will include: a reverse proof medal from the Philadelphia Mint. A standard proof from the San Francisco Mint, an uncirculated, or burnished, medal from the Denver Mint and a regular proof issue from the Philadelphia Mint.
Part of the exciting new collection of U.S. Mint Silver Medals, the Commission on Fine Arts (CFA) and the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) were both involved in selecting the new modern design of Lady Liberty. A new design was favored as noted in the comments of CCAC member Donald Scarinci,
“Show us Liberty in a new and contemporary way, and let’s shed these Civil War symbols, these hundred-year-old symbols that really don’t have the emotional impact to contemporary Americans that they did 100 years ago.”
Following on those sentiments, Chair Mary Lanin expressed, “We have an opportunity, all of us, to make a difference in applying a new perspective and to broaden the view of Lady Liberty which up to this point has been cast in a European classical mold. There are three things that we should keep in consideration: We should be inclusive of the fact that there are many races that make up the United States. We should be mindful that each of us has our own ideal of what a woman or Lady Liberty should look like, and we may need to broaden that. And we should be sensitive when we make our choice that the characteristics are matching those ideals.”
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