Old Designs on New Coins

Some of the most popular coin designs were creating during a time that many people refer to as the Renaissance in American coinage. In recent year, the United States Mint has been reusing these popular old designs in lieu of creating new designs for our generation.

The first such instance occured when Congress passed laws creating new bullion coin programs. These gold and silver coins would contain a stated weight in bullion and have their content and purity guaranteed by the government. The program was in response to the popular gold and silver bullion coin programs launched by other world mints.

The American Gold Eagle coin resurrected the design used on Augustus Saint Gauden’s $20 Gold Double Eagle. A new reverse was prepared for the coin, however. The American Silver Eagle used the design from Adolph A. Weinman’s Walking Liberty Half Dollar. This coin was minted from 1916 to 1947.

Another popular design that was later reused twice was the Buffalo Nickel design. This was used on a commemorative coin issued in 2001 and a new 24 karat gold bullion series launched in 2006.

Will there be any classic designs created by our era that future generations reuse in their coinage? Or will we always refer back to the Renaissance in American coinage for designs of beauty?

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