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2016 1-oz Silver Winged Liberty High Relief NGC GEM Proof- Mercanti Signed
America's Most Famous Saint Finally Gets Her Wings
The World's Most Beautiful Gold Coin Restored to Her Original Glory at Last
In January of 1905, when Teddy Roosevelt told Augustus Saint-Gaudens that he wanted the famous sculptor to redesign all of America's coins, the eminent artist knew that he could not decline the commission. Augustus Saint-Gaudens worked on his new U.S. coin designs in his studio and home in Cornish, New Hampshire. Today, the Augustus Saint-Gaudens estate is a National Historic Site visited by thousands every year.
The Saint-Gaudens museum on the grounds of the National Historic Site contains a treasure trove of sketches, plaster models, and documents pertaining to Roosevelt and Saint-Gaudens' collaboration. Much of the focus is on the undisputed masterpiece of their efforts: the 1907 $20 Gold Double Eagle.
But, there's a nearly forgotten 'secret' that many visitors to the Saint-Gaudens museum are unaware of - Lady Liberty was supposed to have a feathered headdress...and WINGS!
A Masterpiece Reborn 109 Years Later
Recently, while exploring the archives within the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, we uncovered the rest of the story of the Winged Liberty. Inspired, we immediately began partnering with museum officials to see August Saint-Gaudens' and Teddy Roosevelt's original artistic vision brought to full glory in one ounce of 99.9% pure silver. As collectors ourselves, we were thrilled by the prospect of the original Winged Liberty design finally being struck in spectacular high relief - making Saint-Gaudens original vision a reality at last, after 109 years. Just one major question remained: Who could help prepare Augustus Saint-Gaudens original plaster design for modern high relief striking? There was really only one answer: 12th Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint, John Mercanti.
Lady Liberty Deserves Royal Treatment
The Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site recognized that striking these proofs in pure silver would require a world-class mint - one that would be able to capture every nuance of Saint-Gaudens' masterpiece in stunning high relief. Few mints in the world even attempt the striking of high reliefs. But, with over 1,000 years of history and craftsmanship, Britain's Royal Mint was an inspired choice.
After receiving John Mercanti's hand-sculpted plasters for the Wing Liberty proof, the artisans at the Royal Mint set about to bring the design alive in dramatic high relief on this one-ounce silver proof. The results are spectacular! In fact, collectors will be thrilled to discover that the Winged Liberty Silver Proofs are among the highest relief proofs of this kind ever struck by the Royal Mint.
NGC Certified and Mercanti Autographed
Each 2016 Winged Liberty High Relief Silver Proof has been certified and graded by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC), then sealed in an archival acrylic holder for display and preservation. In addition, each holder bears Mercanti's hand-signed autograph directly on the label.
Extremely Limited Mintages
The mintages for the 2016 Winged Liberty High Relief Silver Proof is extremely limited. Only 10,000 One-Ounce Silver Proofs are authorized. GovMint.com is honored to be named the official worldwide distributor for this historic first-ever Saint-Gaudens release.
|Year of Issue||2016|
|Mint Name||The Royal Mint|
|Coin Weight||31.2 Grams - g|
|Weight||1 Ounce - oz|