There are few images from American coinage history with greater popularity than the Walking Liberty design from Adolph A. Weinman. Originally used on the Walking Liberty Half Dollar, and now the face of the Silver American Eagle, the Walking Liberty design celebrates its centennial with the release of the 2016 Gold American Centennial coins. Today, the 2016 1/2 oz Gold American Walking Liberty Half-Dollar Coin is available on Silver.com.
- Total production set at a maximum of 125,000 coins!
- Third release of the Gold American Centennial Coin series!
- Ships in a hardwood display box, with a black-matte finish.
- Consists of one-half troy ounce of .9999 fine gold.
- Design originally from Adolph A. Weinman in 1916.
- Obverse features a full-length depiction of Liberty walking toward the setting sun.
- Reverse bears the American eagle on its perch.
- Includes the “W” mint mark of the West Point Mint and Weinman’s “AW” initials.
Weinman created the image of Liberty walking toward the setting sun as a representation of the nation’s constant march toward a brighter future. The image depicts Liberty wearing the American flag around her shoulders, and carrying laurels and oak branches as a symbol of the country’s civic and military achievements.
The 2016 1/2 oz Gold American Walking Liberty Half-Dollar Coin recreates Weinman’s original image to commemorate the 100th anniversary of its release in 1916. Weinman won a contest hosted by the Treasury Department featuring three artists, and he did so twice. Seeking new designs for the dime, quarter, and half dollar, Weinman’s designs for the dime and half dollar were chosen.
On the obverse of the coin is the Walking Liberty design. Weinman’s original design was nearly bumped from circulation because it was extremely difficult to strike accurately on the half dollar, with a new design from US Mint Chief Engraver Charles E. Barber nearly used to replace it. The Walking Liberty design continued on the half-dollar coin, and remained in circulation through 1947.
The reverse features Weinman’s original American bald eagle design, with the bird on its perch at the edge of a cliff. Engravings on this face of the coin include “United States of America,” “E Pluribus Unum,” and the coin’s face value. An additional engraving is included that identifies the coin’s metal content, purity, and weight.
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