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United States 2003 Statue of Liberty & Soaring American Bald Eagle $50 1/2 Ounce Pure Platinum Brilliant Uncirculated BU GX UX

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The classic Liberty Looking to the Future design (with a soaring eagle, too!) on this affordable, hard-to-find, pure platinum coin, in brilliant uncirculated (BU) condition!

Sold out at the Mint!What sight could be more beautiful and welcoming than Lady Liberty with the flame of freedom held high aloft? The world-famous Statue of Liberty has greeted generations of immigrants (and tourists) for over a century as she stands proudly in New York Harbor, where she remains a physical reminder of the freedoms that the United States represents. This gorgeous pure platinum American Eagle was designed by John Mercanti, Chief Engraver of the United States Mint.

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A close up photographic view of the face of the Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World) in New York harbor.A Classic Design
The Platinum American Eagle is the official pure platinum bullion coin of the United States. It was first released by the Treasury Department in 1997. It is struck in sizes ranging from one-tenth ounce through one troy ounce, with the half ounce size typically being the hardest to find, and usually the lowest mintage as well. Each American Eagle Half Ounce Pure Platinum has a face value of $50 and is guaranteed to contain one-half troy ounce of pure platinum. It is authorized by the United States Congress and its weight and content are guaranteed by the United States Mint. Each side is a true work of art. The obverse, by Mercanti, is titled "Liberty Looking to the Future", while the reverse (by artist and designer Thomas D. Rogers), represents an American Bald Eagle soaring over the rising sun.

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The Statue of Liberty
Liberty Enlightening the World, known more commonly as the Statue of Liberty, was given to the United States by France in 1885 and stands on Liberty Island in the mouth of the Hudson River as a welcome to all visitors, immigrants, and returning Americans. The copper statue, dedicated on October 28, 1886, commemorates the centennial of the United States in 1876 and is a gesture of friendship between the two nations. The sculptor was Frederic Auguste Bartholdi. Gustave Eiffel, the designer of the Eiffel Tower, engineered the internal structure.

Statue of Liberty The statue of Lady Liberty is an allegory, filled with symbolism. She holds a torch in her right hand, representing the light of freedom, and a tablet in her left. The tablet shows the inscription JULY IV MDCCLXXVI - July 4, 1776, the date of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. One of her feet stands on chains, symbolizing the acquired freedom from oppression. The seven spikes in her crown represent the seven seas and seven continents.

Her height from ground to the top of the torch is 305 feet; this includes the foundation and the pedestal. The height of the statue itself, from the top of the base to the torch, is 151 feet. The statue weighs 204 tons and the pedestal weighs 24,500 tons. Lady Liberty was built from thin copper plates hammered into wooden forms through a process known as repoussé. The formed plates were then mounted onto a steel skeleton. The pedestal is built from stone and Rosendale natural cement. She was restored through a massive public campaign between 1984 and 1986, and reopened just in time for her centennial.

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The face of the Statue of Liberty, facing forward towards the future. The legends LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST, E PLURIBUS UNUM and the date also appear.

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An American Bald Eagle soars high above the horizon and the rising sun. The legend .9995 Platinum 1/2 OZ. guarantees the weight and purity. The denomination is also indicated.

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Country United States
Year of Issue     2003
Face Value 50 Dollars
Weight 15.560 g
Diameter 27.00 mm
Gauge (Thickness)      1.75 mm
Actual Mintage 17,409
Finish Brilliant Uncirculated
Composition .9995 Fine (Pure) Platinum
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
Artist John Mercanti (obv)
Thomas D. Rogers (rev)
Packaging Archival Quality Mylar Holder

Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi

Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, the famous French sculptor, was born in Colmar, Alsace in 1834. He studied architecture in Colmar and then went to Paris to further his studies in architecture as well as painting. Bartholdi would go on to become one of the most celebrated sculptors of the 19th century, famous both in Europe and in North America. He would specialize in large-scale sculptures that serve as significant monuments.

The work for which he is most famous is the Statue of Liberty, donated by the government of France in 1886 to the United States. The face of the Statue of Liberty is said to be that of BartholdiĀ’s mother. Before starting his commission, he traveled to the United States to personally select New York Harbor as the site for the statue. In 1879 Bartholdi was awarded design patent U.S. Patent D11,023 for the Statue of Liberty. This patent covered the sale of small copies of the statute. Proceeds from the sale of the statues helped raise money to build the full statue.

His largest European work, The Lion of Belfort, at Belfort, France, is one of his most popular and best-known. A massive sculpture of a lion, it is carved into the side of a mountain and honors the defense of Belfort during the Franco-Prussian War. Bartholdi died of tuberculosis in Paris on October 4, 1904 and is buried in that city's Montparnasse Cemetery.

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Lion of BelfortThe Lion of Belfort
The Lion of Belfort is a huge stone sculpture Belfort, France by Frédéric Bartholdi, designer of the Statue of Liberty. It was finished in 1880 and is carved entirely of pink sandstone. The blocks from which it's made were individually sculpted then moved to its location beneath Belfort castle to be assembled. The sculpture is more than 70 feet long and 35 feet high and dominates the local landscape. Instead of facing Prussia to the east as was intended, it was turned the other way because of German objections.

The lion symbolizes the heroic resistance of Belfort during a 103 days long Prussian siege (from December 1870 to February 1871). The city, under assault from 40,000 Prussians, was defended by only 17,000 men (only 3,500 of whom were enlisted in the military) lead by Colonel Denfert-Rochereau. Copies of the statue stand in the center of Place Denfert-Rochereau in Paris, and in the Montreal Botanical Gardens.

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