U.S. Mint Unveils Coin Designs and Releases First Coin in New Platinum Proof Coin Series
Published on 02/26/2021 by APMEX
The U.S. Mint recently announced a new five-year Platinum Proof coin series starting in 2021 and continuing through 2025. Part of the program legislated by the 104th Congress in 1996, this new five-year series features new obverse designs and a new common reverse design on a 1 oz .9995 fine Platinum Proof coin each year.
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution Platinum Proof coin series will reflect the five freedoms enumerated in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Each of the freedoms enumerated in the First Amendment contributes to the growth and development of the United States.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Designer Donna Weaver created all obverse designs in this series and was engraved by Chief Engraver Joseph Menna.
- The 2021 obverse design depicts a seedling and an acorn surrounded by the inscription “WITH FREEDOM OF RELIGION LIBERTY GROWS.”
- The 2022 obverse design features a juvenile oak tree framed with the inscription “WITH FREEDOM OF SPEECH LIBERTY BLOSSOMS.”
- The 2023 obverse design portrays the branch of mature oak tree with acorns amid the inscription “WITH FREEDOM OF THE PRESS LIBERTY BEARS FRUIT.”
- The 2024 obverse design showcases several types of oak leaves assembled between the inscription “WITH THE RIGHT TO ASSEMBLE LIBERTY SPREADS.”
- The 2025 and final obverse design of this series features a mature spreading, impressive oak tree between the inscription “WITH THE RIGHT TO PETITION LIBERTY ENDURES.” The oak, known for its strength, can live up to 200 years and is a symbol of endurance.
The common reverse design for this series, by AIP Designer Patricia Lucas-Morris, depicts an eagle in flight, an olive branch in its talons. The reverse engraver is former Medallic Artist Don Everhart.
Each coin is encapsulated and inserted in a black presentation box. An image of the obverse design is incorporated on the outer packaging sleeve and the certificate of authenticity.