Modern United States commemorative coins

Modern United States commemorative coins

The United States resumed minting commemorative coins in 1982 for the 250th anniversary of the birth of George Washington. Modern commemoratives tend to be restricted to events, buildings and personalities of national or international importance. While silver dollars remain the traditional denomination, low-value circulating commemoratives have gained in popularity.

A list of further commemorative coins is located at http://www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/?action=commemoratives.

Contents

1980s

1982

Denomination Feature Obverse Reverse Volume Image
50¢ George Washington's 250th birthday George Washington riding a horse Mount Vernon with eagle 10,000,000 [1] Obversereverse

1983

Denomination Feature Obverse Reverse Volume Image
$1 1984 Summer Olympics The Discobolus of Myron Head of an eagle 50,000,000 [2] ObverseReverse

1984

Denomination Feature Obverse Reverse Volume Image
$1 1984 Summer Olympics The pair of life-sized bronze nude statues of male and female athletes atop Olympic Gateway in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum[3] Eagle 50,000,000[4] ObverseReverse
$10 1984 Summer Olympics Olympic torch runners Eagle 2,000,000[5] ObverseReverse

1986

Denomination Feature Obverse Reverse Volume Image
50¢ Statue of Liberty Side view of Liberty and back view of immigrant ship steaming into New York harbor. Immigrant family with their belongings on the threshold of America. 25,000,000[6] obverse
$1 Statue of Liberty Liberty with the Ellis Island Immigration Center in the background. Liberty's torch with inscriptions. 10,000,000[7] obverse
$5 Statue of Liberty Close up of the Statue of Liberty An eagle in flight. 500,000[8] obverse

1987

Denomination Feature Obverse Reverse Volume Image
$1 United States Constitution A sheaf of parchments, a quill pen, and the words "We the People" Human figures representing the cultural and social diversity of America 10,000,000[9] ObverseReverse
$5 United States Constitution Eagle holding a quill pen The words "We the People" and a quill pen 1,000,000[10] ObverseReverse

1988

Denomination Feature Obverse Reverse Volume Image
$1 1988 Summer Olympics The torches of Lady Liberty and the Olympics merging into one flame. US Olympic Committee logo 10,000,000[11] ObverseReverse
$5 1988 Summer Olympics Nike Olympic flame 1,000,000[12] ObverseReverse

1989

Denomination Feature Obverse Reverse Volume Image
50¢ U.S. Congress Bicentennial Bust of the Statue of Freedom. Capitol Building 4,000,000[13]
$1 U.S. Congress Bicentennial Statue of Freedom Mace of the House of Representatives 3,000,000[14] ObverseReverse
$5 U.S. Congress Bicentennial The Capital Dome Eagle from the canopy of the Old Senate Chamber 10,000,000[15] ObverseReverse

1990s

1990

Denomination Feature Obverse Reverse Volume Image
$1 Dwight D. Eisenhower's 100th birthday 2 profiles of Eisenhower Eisenhower's house outside Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, now part of Eisenhower National Historic Site 4,000,000 [16] ObverseReverse

1991

Denomination Feature Obverse Reverse Volume Image
50¢ Mount Rushmore Anniversary Mount Rushmore American Bison 2,500,000[17] obverse
$1 Mount Rushmore Anniversary Mount Rushmore Great Seal of the United States and United States Map 2,500,000[18]
$5 Mount Rushmore Anniversary Eagle flying over Mount Rushmore The words "Mount Rushmore National Memorial" 500,000[19]
$1 Korean War Soldier Map of Korea and a bald eagle. 1,000,000[20]
$1 USO 50th Anniversary USO pennant and the words "50th Anniversary." Eagle on top of a globe. 1,000,000[21]
50¢ World War II 50th Anniversary Three soldiers and a V for victory. Battle scene. 2,000,000[22] obverse
$1 World War II 50th Anniversary U.S. soldier on Normandy. Shoulder sleeve insignia of Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force with Eisenhower quote. 1,000,000[23] obverse
$5 U.S. Soldier A V for victory . Madison quote, an eagle, torch, and laurel branch. 300,000[24] obverse

1992

Denomination Feature Obverse Reverse Volume Image
50¢ 1992 Summer Olympics Gymnast The words "Citius, Altius, Fortius," the Olympic torch and a branch. 600,000,000[25]
$1 1992 Summer Olympics Pitcher Olympic rings, two olive branches,shield, and the abbreviation "USA". 4,000,000[26]
$5 1992 Summer Olympics Sprinter Olympic rings and the Great Seal of the United States. 500,000[27]
$1 White House 200th Anniversary The White House. Bust of James Hoban. 500,000[28]
50¢ Christopher Columbus Quincentenary Christopher Columbus landing on the New World. Christopher Columbus and the Niña, Pinta, and Santa María. 1,000,000[29]
$1 Christopher Columbus Quincentenary Christopher Columbus, a globe, and ships. Half of a ship and half of the U.S. Space Shuttle Discovery. 4,000,000[30]
$5 Christopher Columbus Quincentenary Christopher Columbus facing a map of the Americas. Coat of arms of Christopher Columbus. 500,000[31]

1993

Denomination Feature Obverse Reverse Volume Image
50¢ Bill of Rights James Madison and Montpelier. The Statue of Liberty's torch. 1,000,000[32]
$1 Bill of Rights James Madison Montpelier 900,000[33] obverse
$5 Bill of Rights James Madison Madison quote, an eagle, torch, and laurel branch. 300,000[34] obverse
$1 Thomas Jefferson 250th Anniversary Thomas Jefferson Monticello

1994

Denomination Feature Obverse Reverse Volume Image
50¢ World Cup Male Soccer Player 1994 World Cup Logo
$1 World Cup Female Soccer Players 1994 World Cup Logo

1998

Denomination Feature Obverse Reverse Volume Image
$1 Robert F. Kennedy Robert F. Kennedy Seal of the United States Department of Justice and Seal of the United States Senate 500,000 (authorized[35]); 205,442 (distributed[36]) Obverse
$1 Black Revolutionary War Patriots Crispus Attucks Proposed Black Patriots Memorial 500,000 (authorized[37]); 112,280 (distributed[36])

1999

Denomination Feature Obverse Reverse Volume Image
$1 First Lady Dolley Madison Dolley Madison. Image of Montpelier 500,000 Obverse
$1 Yellowstone National Park Spouting geyser with the park's tree-lined landscape in the background. American buffalo on the plains, with a brilliant sun rising above the mountains in the background. 500,000 Obverse
$5 George Washington Profile of George Washington Traditional view of a bald eagle

2000s

2000

Denomination Feature Obverse Reverse Volume Image
$1 Leif Ericson Portrait of Leif Ericson. Ericson's ship under full sail. 500,000 Obverse
1000 Kronur Leif Ericson Silver Krónur Image of Stirling Calder’s sculpture of Leif Ericson. An eagle, a dragon, a bull and the giant from the Icelandic Coat of Arms. 150,000 Obverse
$1 Library of Congress Depicts an open book superimposed over the torch of learning. Architectural rendering of the dome on the Library of Congress' Jefferson building. 500,000
$10 Library of Congress Hand of Minerva raising the torch of learning over the dome of the Jefferson building. The Library of Congress seal encircled by a laurel leaf. 200,000 Obverse

2001

Denomination Feature Obverse Reverse Volume Image
$1 American Buffalo Dollar Profile representation of a Native American American buffalo 500,000 Obverse
50¢ U.S. Capitol Visitor Center Original capitol building within an outline of the present day Capitol. 16 stars and the inscription "32 Senators; 106 House Members." 750,000 Obverse
$1 U.S. Capitol Visitor Center Original Capitol superimposed on the image of today’s Capitol building. Bald eagle cloaked in a banner inscribed "U.S. Capitol Visitor Center." 500,000 Obverse
$5 U.S. Capitol Visitor Center Corinthian column. Image of the original Capitol building. 100,000 Obverse

2002

Denomination Feature Obverse Reverse Volume Image
$1 Olympic Winter Games Crystal Emblem of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Olympic Rings, and the Games' secondary identity mark entitled: "Rhythm of the Land." Salt Lake City skyline with the Rocky Mountains in the background. 400,000 Obverse
$5 Olympic Winter Games Crystal Emblem superimposed on top of the Games' secondary identity mark entitled: "Rhythm of the Land." Olympic flame in relief atop a cauldron. 80,000 Obverse
$1 West Point Bicentennial Depicts a cadet color guard in parade with the Military Academy's Washington Hall and Cadet Chapel in the background. United States Military Academy Bicentennial logo. 500,000 Obverse

2003

Denomination Feature Obverse Reverse Volume Image
50¢ First Flight Centennial Wright Monument, atop Kill Devil Hill near Kitty Hawk, NC. An image of the Wright 1903 Flyer making its historic first flight, with Orville Wright aboard and his brother Wilbur on the ground beside the craft. 750,000 Obverse
$1 First Flight Centennial Orville and Wilbur Wright in profile. An image of the Wright 1903 Flyer, in flight above the dunes at Kill Devil Hill, near Kitty Hawk, NC. 500,000 Obverse
$10 First Flight Centennial Portrait of Orville and Wilbur Wright An eagle in flight, above an image of the Wright 1903 Flyer, the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard. 100,000 Obverse

2004

Denomination Feature Obverse Reverse Volume Image
$1 Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Captains Lewis and Clark on a stream bank planning another day of exploration. Two feathers, an image of the original Jefferson Peace Medal presented, surrounded by 17 stars representing the number of states in the Union in 1804. 500,000 Obverse
$1 Thomas Alva Edison Portrait of the Thomas Edison holding an early experimental light bulb in his laboratory. Rendering of Edison's first light bulb. 500,000 Obverse

2005

Denomination Feature Obverse Reverse Volume Image
$1 Chief Justice John Marshall Profile of Chief Justice John Marshall. A view of the Old Supreme Court Chamber. 400,000 Obverse
$1 Marine Corps 230th anniversary Historic flag raising on Iwo Jima Eagle, Globe, and Anchor 600,000 Obverse

2006

Denomination Feature Obverse Reverse Volume Image
$1 Benjamin Franklin "Scientist" A representation of Benjamin Franklin’s famous kite experiment Benjamin Franklin’s "Join, or Die" cartoon, published in the Pennsylvania Gazette on May 9, 1754. 250,000 Obverse
$1 Benjamin Franklin "Founding Father" An image of Benjamin Franklin Taken from a 1776 Continental Dollar, featuring designs originally created by Benjamin Franklin. 250,000 Obverse
$1 San Francisco Old Mint A rendition of the Old Mint originally prepared for the San Francisco Mint Medal. A replica of the 1904 Morgan Silver Dollar eagle reverse. 500,000 Obverse
$5 San Francisco Old Mint A rendition of the Old Mint modeled after the original construction drawing by architect Alfred B. Mullett. A replica of the 1906 Half-Eagle Coronet eagle reverse. 100,000 Obverse

2007

Denomination Feature Obverse Reverse Volume Image
$1 Little Rock Nine Legs and feet of the students, accompanied by an armed United States soldier, walking to school. Little Rock Central High School circa 1957 500,000[38] obverse
$1 Jamestown 400th Anniversary Three Faces of Diversity, representing the three cultures that came together in Jamestown. A depiction of the Susan Constant, Godspeed, Discovery that brought the first settlers to Jamestown in 1607. 500,000 obverse
$5 Jamestown 400th Anniversary Capt. John Smith greeting an American Indian carrying a bag of corn. A current rendering of Jamestown Memorial Church, the only original remaining structure in Jamestown. 100,000 obverse

2008

Denomination Feature Obverse Reverse Volume Image
50¢ Bald Eagle Two baby eaglets settled in a nest with an unhatched egg. The famous eagle "Challenger" with the American flag in the background. 750,000 obverse
$1 Bald Eagle Bald Eagle in flight The Great Seal from 1782-1841. 500,000 obverse
$5 Bald Eagle Two young eaglets resting on a branch in their natural habitat. The current Great Seal. 100,000 obverse

2009

Denomination Feature Obverse Reverse Volume Image
$1 Abraham Lincoln President Lincoln's bust Excerpt of Gettysburg Address 500,000 (375,000 proof)(125,000 uncirculated)[39] obverse
$1 Louis Braille Louis Braille's Bust Showing a child reading a book in Braille 400,000 obverse

2010s

2010

Denomination Feature Obverse Reverse Volume Image
$1 Disabled American veterans Legs and boots of three veterans Forget-me-not flower at the base of a wreath wrapped in a ribbon that cradles and supports clusters of oak branches 350,000[40] obverse
$1 Boy Scouts of America Cub Scout in the foreground with a Boy Scout and female Venturer in the background saluting Boy Scouts of America universal emblem 350,000[41] obverse

2011

Denomination Feature Obverse Reverse Volume Image
50¢ United States Army[42] U.S. Army soldier surveying, two servicemen building a flood wall and a Redstone Army rocket Enlisted Continental soldier armed with a musket and 13 stars 750,000
$1 United States Army Male and female soldiers Great Seal of the United States surrounded by seven virtues of the Army 500,000
$5 United States Army Continental, Civil War, modern, World War II and World War I soldiers Based on the U.S. Army emblem, traditional armaments, including armor, cannons, and crossed flags 100,000
$1 Medal of Honor[43] Current versions of the Army, Navy and Air Force Medals of Honor A soldier carrying a wounded comrade 500,000 obverse
$5 Medal of Honor The original 1861 version of the Medal of Honor Minerva holding a shield and the Union flag, flanked by Civil War-era cannon 100,000 obverse

2012

Denomination Feature Obverse Reverse Volume Image
$1 United States Army Infantry and National Infantry Museum[44] TBD TBD 350,000
$1 Star-Spangled Banner[45] TBD TBD 500,000
$5 Star-Spangled Banner[45] TBD TBD 100,000

2013

Denomination Feature Obverse Reverse Volume Image
$1 Centennial of the establishment of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America[46] TBD TBD 350,000
50¢ United States Army 5-Star Generals George Marshall, Douglas MacArthur, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Henry H. Arnold, and Omar Bradley[47] TBD TBD 750,000
$1 United States Army 5-Star Generals George Marshall, Douglas MacArthur, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Henry H. Arnold, and Omar Bradley[47] TBD TBD 500,000
$5 United States Army 5-Star Generals George Marshall, Douglas MacArthur, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Henry H. Arnold, and Omar Bradley[47] TBD TBD 100,000

2014

Denomination Feature Obverse Reverse Volume Image
$1 Civil Rights Act of 1964[48] TBD TBD 350,000

See also

Notes

  1. ^ "1982 George Washington 250th Anniversary Commemorative Half Dollar". United States Mint. http://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/CoinLibrary/index.cfm#gwComm. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  2. ^ "1983 Olympics Silver Dollar/Discus Thrower". United States Mint. http://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/CoinLibrary/index.cfm#usOly84. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  3. ^ "1984 Olympics Ten Dollar Gold Eagle/Runners". United States Mint. http://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/CoinLibrary/index.cfm#usOly84. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Olympic: 1984". United States Mint. http://www.usmint.gov/historianscorner/index.cfm?action=coinDetail&id=29510. Retrieved 2010-08-13. 
  5. ^ "1984 Olympics Silver Dollar/Coliseum". United States Mint. http://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/CoinLibrary/index.cfm#usOly84. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  6. ^ "Statue of Liberty Half Dollar". United States Mint. http://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/CoinLibrary/index.cfm#statueLib. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  7. ^ "1986 U.S. Statue of Liberty Coins". United States Mint. http://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/CoinLibrary/index.cfm#statueLib. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  8. ^ "Statue of Liberty Gold $5". United States Mint. http://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/CoinLibrary/index.cfm#statueLib. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  9. ^ "Constitution Bicentennial Dollar". United States Mint. http://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/CoinLibrary/index.cfm#constBi. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  10. ^ "Constitution Bicentennial Gold $5". United States Mint. http://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/CoinLibrary/index.cfm#constBi. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  11. ^ "Olympics (Seoul) Silver Dollar". United States Mint. http://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/CoinLibrary/index.cfm#seoulOly. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  12. ^ "Olympics (Seoul) Gold $5". United States Mint. http://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/CoinLibrary/index.cfm#seoulOly. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  13. ^ "Congress Bicentennial Half Dollar". United States Mint. http://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/CoinLibrary/index.cfm#congBi. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  14. ^ "Congress Bicentennial Silver Dollar". United States Mint. http://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/CoinLibrary/index.cfm#congBi. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  15. ^ "Congress Bicentennial Gold $5". United States Mint. http://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/CoinLibrary/index.cfm#congBi. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  16. ^ "1990 Eisenhower Centennial Silver Dollar". United States Mint. http://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/CoinLibrary/index.cfm#eisCent. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  17. ^ "Mount Rushmore Golden Anniversary Half Dollar". United States Mint. http://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/CoinLibrary/index.cfm#rushAnn. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  18. ^ "Mount Rushmore Golden Anniversary Dollar". United States Mint. http://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/CoinLibrary/index.cfm#rushAnn. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  19. ^ "Mount Rushmore Golden Anniversary Gold $5". United States Mint. http://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/CoinLibrary/index.cfm#rushAnn. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  20. ^ "1991 Korean War Memorial Silver Dollar". United States Mint. http://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/CoinLibrary/index.cfm?flash=yes#koreaWar. Retrieved 2008-05-31. 
  21. ^ "1991 USO 50th Anniversary Silver Dollar". United States Mint. http://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/CoinLibrary/index.cfm?flash=yes#usoAnn. Retrieved 2008-05-31. 
  22. ^ "1991-1995) World War II 50th Anniversary Half Dollar". United States Mint. http://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/CoinLibrary/index.cfm?flash=yes#ww2Com. Retrieved 2008-05-31. 
  23. ^ "(1991-1995) World War II 50th Anniversary Silver Dollar". United States Mint. http://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/CoinLibrary/index.cfm?flash=yes#ww2Com. Retrieved 2008-05-31. 
  24. ^ "(1991-1995) World War II 50th Anniversary Gold $5". United States Mint. http://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/CoinLibrary/index.cfm?flash=yes#ww2Com. Retrieved 2008-05-31. 
  25. ^ "Olympics (France and Spain) Half Dollar". United States Mint. http://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/CoinLibrary/index.cfm?flash=yes#olyCoin92. Retrieved 2008-05-31. 
  26. ^ "Olympics (France and Spain) Silver Dollar". United States Mint. http://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/CoinLibrary/index.cfm?flash=yes#olyCoin92. Retrieved 2008-05-31. 
  27. ^ "Olympics (France and Spain) Gold $5". United States Mint. http://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/CoinLibrary/index.cfm?flash=yes#olyCoin92. Retrieved 2008-05-31. 
  28. ^ "1992 White House 200th Anniversary Silver Dolla". United States Mint. http://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/CoinLibrary/index.cfm?flash=yes#whiteHouse. Retrieved 2008-05-31. 
  29. ^ "1991 USO 50th Anniversary Silver Dollar". United States Mint. http://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/CoinLibrary/index.cfm?flash=yes#chrisCol. Retrieved 2008-05-31. 
  30. ^ "Christopher Columbus Quincentenary Silver Dollar". United States Mint. http://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/CoinLibrary/index.cfm?flash=yes#chrisCol. Retrieved 2008-05-31. 
  31. ^ "Christopher Columbus Quincentenary Gold $5". United States Mint. http://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/CoinLibrary/index.cfm?flash=yes#chrisCol. Retrieved 2008-05-31. 
  32. ^ "Bill of Rights Half Dollar". United States Mint. http://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/CoinLibrary/index.cfm?flash=yes#billRight. Retrieved 2008-05-31. 
  33. ^ "Bill of Rights Dollar". United States Mint. http://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/CoinLibrary/index.cfm?flash=yes#billRight. Retrieved 2008-05-31. 
  34. ^ "Bill of Rights Gold $5". United States Mint. http://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/CoinLibrary/index.cfm?flash=yes#billRight. Retrieved 2008-05-31. 
  35. ^ "Robert F. Kennedy Commemorative Silver Dollar Fact Sheet". United States Mint. http://www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/commemoratives/index.cfm?action=RFKennedy. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  36. ^ a b R. S. Yeoman, The Official Red Book: A Guide Book of United States Coins: 2010, ed. Kenneth Bressett, 63rd ed. (Atlanta: Whitman Publishing, 2009). ISBN 9780794827632
  37. ^ "Black Revolutionary War Patriots Commemorative Silver Dollar Fact Sheet". United States Mint. http://www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/commemoratives/index.cfm?action=WarPatriots. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  38. ^ "Little Rock Central High School Desegregation 50th Anniversary Silver Dollar". United States Mint. http://www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/commemoratives/index.cfm?action=LittleRock. Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  39. ^ "Abraham Lincoln commemorative silver dollar". United States Mint. http://usmint.gov/mint_programs/commemoratives/index.cfm?action=2009AbrahamLincoln. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  40. ^ "2010 American Veterans Disabled for Life Silver Dollar". United States Mint. http://www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/commemoratives/index.cfm?action=2010AmericanVeterans. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  41. ^ "The 2010 Boy Scouts of America Centennial Commemorative Coin". United States Mint. http://www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/commemoratives/index.cfm?action=2010BoyScouts. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  42. ^ Pub.L. 110-450
  43. ^ Pub.L. 111-91
  44. ^ Pub.L. 110-357
  45. ^ a b Pub.L. 111-232
  46. ^ Pub.L. 111-86
  47. ^ a b c Pub.L. 111-262
  48. ^ Pub.L. 110-451

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