United States Mint Director David J. Ryder accepted two awards on behalf of the Mint February 2 at the World Money Fair in Berlin.
The American Liberty 225th Anniversary $100 coin won in the Best Gold Coin category and the Boy’s Town Centennial silver dollar won Most Inspirational coin.
“It is my great honor to receive the award for Best Gold Coin on behalf of the United States Mint,” Ryder said. “The coin being recognized is truly special to our team. It was minted in 2017 to mark the 225th anniversary of the United States Mint. To observe this milestone, we proudly introduced the 2017 American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin featuring a modern rendition of Lady Liberty. This coin garnered a great deal of attention and sparked an interest in collecting for many who had never considered the hobby before.”
After accepting the award for the Most Inspirational Coin, Ryder stated: “[H]onoring the Boys Town Centennial Silver Dollar as the Most Inspirational Coin speaks volumes about the ability of our artists to convey emotion—I am so proud of them. I feel this coin represents America at its best—because we are truly at our best when we focus on helping others.”
Ryder also thanked the host of the Coin of the Year awards program, Krause Publications, the international panel of judges, and the men and women of the United States Mint.
The American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin is the first high-relief coin with a proof finish ever minted by the United States. The obverse was designed by Artistic Infusion Program artist Justin Kunz, and sculpted by Mint Sculptor-engraver Phebe Hemphill. The reverse, which depicts a bold and powerful eagle in flight—with its eyes toward opportunity and a determination to attain it—was designed by Artistic Infusion Program artist Chris Costello, and sculpted by Mint Sculptor-engraver Mike Gaudioso.
The Boys Town coin was designed to tell a story using the obverse and a reverse together, functioning as one singular harmonious and congruent coin design. The coin was designed by Artistic Infusion Program artist Emily Damstra, and was sculpted by Joseph Menna, the newly-selected Chief Engraver of the United States Mint. The obverse design features a young girl sitting alone and gazing upward into the branches of an oak tree as if looking for help. The empty space around the girl is deliberate and meant to show the child’s sense of loneliness, isolation, and helplessness. The reverse design features an oak tree offering shelter and a sense of belonging to the family holding hands below it, which includes the girl from the obverse.
For more information on the American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin, please visit https://www.usmint.gov/coins/coin-medal-programs/american-liberty-225th-anniversary.
For more information on the Boys Town Centennial Silver Dollar, please visit https://www.usmint.gov/learn/coin-and-medal-programs/commemorative-coins/boys-town-centennial.
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About the United States Mint
The United States Mint was created by an Act of Congress in 1792 and became part of the Department of the Treasury in 1873. The United States Mint is the Nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage and is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce.
The U.S. Mint also produces numismatic products, including proof, uncirculated, and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver and gold bullion coins. The United States Mint’s numismatic programs are self-sustaining and operate at no cost to taxpayers.