Extending our series of platinum coins honoring our Nation’s founding document, the three-year Preamble to the Declaration of Independence Platinum Proof Coin series continues in 2019. The three designs in the series portray Liberty planting the seed for future sustenance, lighting the way westward, and harvesting the well-worked crops.


Few historical documents are as important to the American way of life as the Declaration of Independence. The words “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness” have resonated for more than 240 years in the hearts and minds of the American people. These words inspired this remarkable three-year series as they inspire all Americans. Each year, the obverse (heads) of the coin will illustrate one of these three themes. The inscriptions “Life,” “Liberty,” and “Happiness” are likenesses of the handwritten words from the Declaration of Independence.

The 2019 depiction of Lady Liberty on the obverse symbolizes her namesake by evoking the ideals that defined this Nation. The design features Liberty keeping watch over prairies, lakes, and mountains as pioneers make their way west. The wild terrain detailed on the coin represents the deeply-rooted American will to explore and pursue new ideals and ways of life. Liberty herself stands with parted lips, embodying freedom of speech, while her torch shines with the light of liberty and her open book signifies the rule of law. The common reverse (tails) design for this series depicts an eagle in flight with an olive branch in its talons.

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The first coin in the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence series is also available. This 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. Each coin in the series compliments each other to create an inspiring, cohesive set.


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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 common reverse design. The 2019 obverse design was executed by Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna and the reverse by Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart.

Available on January 31, 2019, the second Preamble to the Declaration of Independence Platinum Proof Coin in the series will have a mintage limit of 15,000 coins.

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