To celebrate the United States Mint’s 220th year and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s 150th year of service to our country, this Making American History Coin and Currency Set features a coin and a note made in America.
This 2012 American Eagle Silver Proof Coin not only honors the artistry and design of our Nation’s coins, but also honors the heritage of coin production at the United States Mint at San Francisco. This modern rendition of sculptor Adolph A. Weinman’s magnificent “Walking Liberty” design was originally prepared for the Nation’s circulating half-dollar in 1916. In tribute to his artistry, Weinman’s Walking Liberty design was adapted for the heads (obverse) design of the American Eagle Silver Coin. The design features the full-length figure of Liberty in stride, enveloped in folds of the flag with branches of laurel and oak in her hand. The tails (reverse) of the American Eagle Silver Coin features a design reminiscent of the heraldic eagles seen on some of our country’s earliest coins. United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver John Mercanti executed this design, incorporating other classic elements of American coinage, such as an olive branch, arrows and 13 stars.
The Series 2009 $5 note commemorates the Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s 150 years of service with a serial number beginning with “150” and bears the signature of Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios and the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank designation. Abraham Lincoln, whose portrait appears on the face of the Series 2009 $5 note, was the 16th President of the United States and served in that capacity during the American Civil War (1861-1865). The first $5 note to feature the portrait of Lincoln was the Series 1914 $5 Federal Reserve Note. The portrait of Lincoln appearing on the Series 2009 $5 note was engraved in 1998 by William Fleishell III and Thomas Hipschen. The vignette of the east façade of the Lincoln Memorial featured on the back of the Series 2009 $5 note was also engraved by Thomas Hipschen in 1998. This vignette is based on earlier engravings by Joachim C. Benzine and Howard I. Earle. The Lincoln Memorial was first featured on the Series 1928 $5 note.