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Did you know? 2017 marks the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Mint. To mark this momentous occasion, the Mint introduced the 2017 American Liberty 225th Anniversary Silver Medals. These silver medals are the medal counterpart of the unique gold coin design representing a modern rendition of Liberty. Emblematic figures of liberty have graced US coins and medals since the founding of the U.S. Mint.

This set is a collector's treasure. Medals are also graded on a 70-point scale, with 70 being absolute perfection. It is virtually impossible to find a medal like this in perfect 70 condition. The medals are also encapsulated in a tamper-proof holder to protect their condition for the future and to preserve the certification. This guarantees the medal's authenticity and condition as long as the case remains intact. The 40.6-millimeter American Liberty 1-ounce silver medals are struck on the same kind of blanks as are used for the American Eagle silver dollar.

Silver Medal Set Includes

  • Four American Liberty 225th Anniversary Silver Medal Coins
  • Wooden Display Box
  • Certificate of authenticity

Silver Medal Specifications

  • Coin Type: American Liberty 225th Anniversary Silver Medal
  • Coin Grade: PR70, RP70, SP70 and EU70
  • Certified By: ANACS
  • Diameter: 40.6mm
  • Mint Mark: S - San Francisco, CA; P - Phildelphia, PA; D - Denver, CO and W - West Point, NY
  • Mintage Year(s): 2017
  • Purity of Silver: 0.999 silver
  • Obverse: Features a profile of Liberty wearing a crown of stars.
  • Reverse: Depicts a bold and powerful eagle in flight, with eyes toward opportunity and a determination to attain it.

Display Box Dimensions

  • Plastic Grading Case: 3-1/4"L x 2-1/4"W
  • Wooden Display Box: 12-3/4"L x 5-1/2"W

Distributed by The Franklin Mint.

Mints & Mint Marks

Mints
The United States' first mint was opened in Philadelphia in 1793. Cents and half-cents were its first coins struck for circulation. Dies were cut by hand and each cutter added their own touch to the coin. Horses and strong men were the "machines" that operated the presses that made the coins. Mints were located in Philadelphia (PA), Denver (CO), West Point (NY), San Francisco (CA), Carson City (NV), New Orleans (LA), Charlotte (NC) and Dahlonega (GA). Only four of these mints currently exist: Philadelphia, Denver, West Point and San Francisco. The other four were closed soon after the Civil War.

Mint Marks
A mint mark is a small letter struck on an open area of a coin to represent the mint location where it was made. While mint marks began in ancient Greece and Rome, the first mint marks to appear on coins in the United States were in 1838. Mint marks were usually struck on the reverse side of the coins. In 1968, however, mint director Eva Adams changed the striking to the obverse of the coin in order to gain uniformity.

Mint marks are quite important to collectors because they help to determine a coin's value. A coin may have been struck in mass quantities at one mint, yet struck in smaller quantities at another. The coin struck in smaller quantities may be worth more than the one produced at a larger count. Mint marks are also important to collectors who gather the same coin from every mint it was struck.

The Philadelphia Mint has always been the main U.S. Mint location, yet the majority of coins struck there did not have mint marks until 1980. It carried the title of the world's largest mint until 2009. All coins from Philadelphia carry the letter "P". Pennies, however, are the exception, as they do not carry mint marks.

The Denver Mint opened in 1906 due to the gold and silver discoveries in Colorado. Coins produced there are marked with the letter "C". The West Point Mint opened in 1988 and coins produced there are marked with the letter "W". The San Francisco Mint opened in 1854, thanks to the gold rush in California. Coins produced there are marked with an "S".

Coin Grading
The grade of a coin is an essential element of information when it comes to coin collecting. The grade explains what physical condition the coin is in, therefore is important in determining a particular coin's value. Below explains the different coin grades given by most certification companies, from flawless to poor condition.

  • Mint State (MS-70 through MS-60): a coin with no imperfections after production at a 5x magnification is considered a MS-70 grade. MS-69 to MS-60 advises what level of Mint State a coin might be given the small imperfections; MS-60 is the lowest Mint State grade.
  • About Uncirculated (AU-58, 55, 53, 50): a coin where light wearing can be seen somewhere on the coin by the naked eye; MS-50 is the lowest About Uncirculated grade.
  • Extremely Fine (XF-45, 40): a coin that has light wearing throughout; XF-40 is the lowest Extremely Fine grade.
  • Very Fine (VF-35, 30, 25, 20): a coin that still shows the major details but also shows moderate wear; VF-20 is the lowest Very Fine grade.
  • Fine (F-15, 12): a coin showing moderate to heavy wear, but the major details are still visible.
  • Very Good (VG-10, 8): a coin with the design worn down by heavy wear, however the major design is outlined; VG-8 is the lowest Very Good grade.
  • Good (G-6, 4): a coin with flattened details but the design is still outlined, but some features of the coin are unclear; G-4 is the lowest Good grade.
  • About Good (AG-3): a coin with flattened details but the design is still outlined, however some of the edge of the coin is lost because of wear.
  • Fair (FA-2): a coin that is still identifiable in the design and outline, however the edge of the coin is no longer visible.
  • Poor (PR-1): a coin that is still identifiable in the design or date, but in the most poor quality.
  • Coin Certification Companies

  • ANACS (American Numismatic Association Certification Service): This grading and certification service certifies coins as genuine then grades and encapsulates them. ANA is one of the original grading services.
  • NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation): NGC is one of the three most popular coin grading certification services today. They are considered a third party service, in that they are not directly controlled by any coin dealers.
  • PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service): PCGS certifies coins as genuine and determines their grades according to a popular coin grading scale (of 1 to 70). They charge a fee for their services and seal the coin in a tamper-resistant protective holder. PCGS is one of the top three independent grading services today.
  • About the Collection

    Discover the collectability of The Franklin Mint - the world’s leading private mint for more than 45 years. Founded in 1964, the Franklin Mint first stepped into the international arena by striking legal tender coins for foreign nations. Shortly after, the company expanded and began offering the general public coins and collectibles of the utmost quality.

    Today, Franklin Mint is known throughout the world for its impeccably crafted minted coins, die-cast models and collectible art. Offering rare pieces for first time and serious collectors, each item from the mint is an instant heirloom that can be enjoyed for generations to come.

    About the Guest

    Walter Kole is the Brand Curator for The Franklin Mint. As a member of the American Numismatic Association, Walter has over 30 years’ experience in the field of numismatics, philatelics, and related collectibles. He has purchased in excess of one million U.S. Mint and International official coins and limited commemorate issues. His decades of experience and passion for coins and collecting are evident in each rare piece that he presents.