Palladium Eagle Designs

American Palladium Eagle Coins will feature the designs of noted artist Adolph A. Weinman. The inclusion of his designs on both the obverse and reverse of the Palladium Eagle was dictated by the legislation which authorized them, an indicator of just how important his work has been to the history of American coinage.

Winged Liberty Design on Mercury Dime

The Winged Liberty Design on Mercury Dime is the same design that would be featured on the obverse of the Palladium Eagle

According to the American Eagle Palladium Bullion Coin Act of 2010, the obverse of the coin will contain Weinman’s "Winged Liberty" design seen on circulating American dimes from 1916-1945 (a 1916 dime is shown above). A lesser known Weinman design based on his 1907 American Institute of Architects Gold Medal which contains the image of an eagle will be featured on the Palladium Eagle reverse.

More About Palladium Eagle Designs

As mentioned, the obverse of the Palladium Eagle will contain a version of Adolph A. Weinman’s "Winged Liberty" design. This image was first seen on the circulating dime issued by the United States beginning in 1916 and ending in 1945.

Some refer to the aforementioned dime as the "Mercury Dime" because of its apparent likeness of the Roman god Mercury. However, the design actually depicts the mythical figure of Liberty wearing a Phrygian cap. The cap is a symbol of liberty and freedom with the wings meant to represent the idea of freedom of thought.

Since its introduction, the Winged Liberty Dime has been well accepted. In fact, the design is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful ever struck on a coin of the United States.

1907 American Institute of Architects Gold Medal

Weinman’s design on the reverse of this 1907 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Gold Medal would be used as the reverse design for the new Palladium Eagle

Shown on the reverse of the Palladium Eagle will be another of Weinman’s designs. The design was originally featured on the 1907 AIA Gold Medal. It shows an eagle pulling a laurel branch out of a rock with its beak (see image directly above). If it looks familiar, that is due to its close resemblance to the reverse design of the Walking Liberty half dollar, also created by Weinman.

Biography of Adolph A. Weinman.

Adolph Alexander Weinman was born on December 11, 1870 in Karlsruhe, Germany. He emigrated to the United States at the age of 10 and by the age of fifteen was attending special art classes, eventually studying under Augustus Saint-Gaudens (another well-noted sculptor of American coinage).

In 1904, Weinman opened his own studio while preferring to work on architectural sculpting. Among many examples of his work in the field, some can be seen on the Missouri, Wisconsin and Louisiana state capitol buildings. He also sculpted portions of the Jefferson Memorial and the U.S. Supreme Court building.

Architectural sculpting was not his only field of expertise, however. He also completed the Macomb and the Maybury monuments in Detroit as well as the Abraham Lincoln Statue found in Hodgenville, Kentucky.

He is best remembered, however, for his medal work. Most notable among these are the designs found on the Walking Liberty Half Dollar struck by the United States Mint from 1916-1947 (and now found on the obverse of the American Silver Eagles) as well as the "Winged Liberty" Dime released from 1916-1945.

Weinman died on August 8, 1952 at the age of 81.

 

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