2020 American Gold and Silver Eagle Proofs with V75 Privy Marks

World War II was the bloodiest conflict in human history. Estimates put the death toll at about 85 million people or nearly 3% of the world’s population at the time. Europe experienced genocide. The world was introduced to newer, deadlier weapons than ever before, including the atomic bomb, which devastated two Japanese cities. Not surprisingly, the world celebrated in 1945 when Germany and Japan surrendered. The Americans who sacrificed so much – in some cases, all – to win the war have long been called “America’s greatest generation.”

Now, the United States Mint commemorates the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II with “V75” privy marks on its famous American Gold Eagle and American Silver Eagle Proofs. The gold proof will be struck from 1 oz of .9167 fine gold and have a limited mintage of, fittingly, 1945 pieces

The silver proof has a limited mintage of 75,000 pieces and will be struck from 1 oz of .999 fine silver. Both proofs will bear the “W” mint mark of the West Point Mint, which is situated near the United States Military Academy.

2020 Proof Gold & Silver Eagle Designs 

Both the gold and silver proofs will bear their traditional designs with the addition of the privy mark on the right side of the obverse. The gold proof takes the double eagle design of Augustus Saint-Gaudens on the obverse. Liberty stands facing the holder with her torch in one hand and an olive branch in the other. She stands against a backdrop of the rays of the morning sun, while a miniature rendering of the Capitol Dome is off to the side. Fifty stars represent the states along the rim. On the reverse, a male eagle carries an olive branch back to his nest, where his mate watches his return and tends to their young. Busiek created the reverse design.

Adolph Weinman’s Walking Liberty features on the obverse of the Silver Eagle. An American flag draped Liberty carries laurel and oak branches in her left arm while extending her right hand forward, above the rising sun. The reverse bears an adaptation of the Great Seal of the United States by John Mercanti.