THE BEAUTY OF THIS COIN IS SELF-EVIDENT
Extending our series of platinum coins honoring our country’s founding documents, the new three-year Preamble to the Declaration of Independence Platinum Proof Coin series commences in 2018. The series portrays Liberty planting the seed for future sustenance, lighting the way westward, and harvesting the well-worked crops.
Few historical documents are as important to American history as the Declaration of Independence. The phrase “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness” has resonated for more than 240 years in the hearts and minds of American citizens. This phrase was the inspiration for this exciting three-year series. The obverse (heads) of each year’s coin will illustrate one of these three themes. For the first time in 20 years, the series will feature a new obverse changing annually. The inscriptions “Life,” “Liberty,” and “Happiness” are likenesses of the handwritten words from the Declaration of Independence.
The 2018 obverse design features “Life” personified by Lady Liberty teaching a small child to sow seeds in a field. The sword she carries symbolizes the power to defend life. The furrowed Earth represents the forethought and labor required to sustain life. The tree and stream represent nature, suggesting the need to be good stewards of an environment that sustains life.
The common reverse (tails) design for this series depicts an eagle in flight with an olive branch in its talons.
The Preamble to the Declaration of Independence series includes these coins:
United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Designer Justin Kunz produced the obverse designs for the series while designer Patricia Lucas-Morris created the reverse design. The 2018 obverse design was executed by Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill and the reverse by Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart.
Available on January 25, 2018, the first Preamble to the Declaration of Independence Platinum Proof Coin will have a mintage limit of 20,000 coins.