500 x 1 oz Walking Liberty Design Silver Round
Almost everyone’s short list of favorite rounds include the 1 oz. Silver Round Walking Liberty Design containing .999 Pure Silver. These silver rounds are based on the design of the Walking Liberty Half Dollar, made popular during the first half of the 20th century. However, silver rounds are prized for their silver content. They are not legal tender coins.
In 1915, the Director of the United States Mint, Robert Woolley, commissioned a competition to replace the Barber coinage design. Adolf Weinman’s submission proved promising and so he was chosen to design the dime and half dollar.
United States Mint Officials approved Weinman’s design of a graceful and inspiring Liberty, despite concerns of the design’s great detailing and high relief features. First seen in 1916, the design continued until it was replaced by the Franklin half dollar in 1948. Despite its discontinued use, Weinman’s design was deemed by art historian, Cornelius Vermeule, to be among the most beautiful US coins minted.
The Obverse’s design bears a full-length figure of Liberty. She is wrapped in a floating garment with its prominent stars flying in the breeze behind her. She gracefully moves in full stride toward the rising sun, symbolic of the dawn of a new day. Her right hand, outstretched, highlights the inscription of “LIBERTY” along the top rim. The emblem “In God We Trust” is located at the bottom right of the round’s face.
The Reverse of the round is based on the Presidential Seal. It depicts an eagle with its wings outstretched and its beak clutching the ” E PLURIBUS UNUM” banner. It includes elements of the coat of arms including the shield that covers the eagle’s chest as well as the bird’s claws grasping an olive branch in the right and arrows in the left. Legends are engraved along the rim: “United States of America”, “One Troy Ounce” and “.999 Fine Silver”.