2020 Preamble to the Declaration of Independence Platinum Proof Coin – Pursuit of Happiness

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 2020 obverse design depicts Lady Liberty harvesting the fruits of her labor with a young girl at play nearby. The overflowing cornucopia she carries is a symbol of the physical, intellectual, and spiritual bounty only liberty makes possible—the good things that nourish the body, enliven the mind, and satisfy the soul. The home, orchard, and silo represent American hopes, values, and aspirations and bring to a close the narrative told throughout the backgrounds of the series—from furrowed earth, to prairies and mountains, and finally to an agrarian field. The stubble field alludes to the ingenuity and exertion required to claim liberty’s promise.

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

Obverse Inscriptions

  • HAPPINESS
  • IN GOD WE TRUST
  • E PLURIBUS UNUM
  • LIBERTY
  • 2020

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 19, 2017

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