2018 Preamble to the Declaration of Independence Platinum Proof Coin – Life

American Eagle Proof Coins

Background

As the program enters its third decade, this marks the first time the United States Mint has issued a series featuring all new obverse designs created concurrently by one designer, as well as a new common reverse design.

The new three-year “Preamble to the Declaration of Independence Platinum Proof Coin Series” will feature one ounce proof coins struck in 99.95 percent platinum. The obverse designs portray Lady Liberty planting seeds for future sustenance, lighting the way westward, and harvesting the well-worked crops. The inscriptions “Life” in 2018, “Liberty” in 2019, and “Happiness” in 2020 are likenesses of the handwritten words from the Declaration of Independence.

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Coin Characteristics

The 2018 obverse 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.

The common reverse design for this series depicts an eagle in flight with an olive branch in its talons.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • LIFE
  • IN GOD WE TRUST
  • E PLURIBUS UNUM
  • LIBERTY
  • 2018

Reverse Inscriptions

  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
  • $100
  • 1 OZ.
  • .9995 PLATINUM

Mint and Mint Mark

Specifications

  • Composition: 99.95 percent platinum
  • Weight: 1.0005 troy ounces (31.120 grams)
  • Diameter: 1.287 inches (32.70 mm)

Artist Information

Obverse Reverse Content last reviewed October 18, 2017

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