Commemorative Silver Dollars differ from other legal tender dollars in that they are not minted for general circulation. The United States Mint produces Commemorative Silver Coins in honor or celebration of some of the most significant people, events, sites, and institutions of America. All coins are authorized by Congress and are available direct from the U.S. Mint in a finite quantity and for a limited time.
Each Commemorative Silver Dollar created by the U.S. Mint tends to be rich in history and composed of 90% fine silver. In the Mint’s own words, “They represent not only an investment in maintaining our American Past, but also ensure our Future.”
The U.S. Mint Commemorative Coin program began in 1892 with the issue of the Columbian Exposition Silver Half Dollar to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ discovery of America. Many classic Commemorative Coins were produced over the years up until 1954 when Congress no longer passed laws to issue such coins after the program was being abused.
However, in 1982, the modern commemorative coin program began, 200 years after the U.S. Mint was established. This was because Congress passed a law to release a half dollar to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the birth of President George Washington. Thankfully, the U.S. Mint has continued to issue Commemorative Silver Dollars on a regular basis ever since.
From the White House 1992 Silver Dollar and Marine Corps 2005 Silver Dollar to various Olympics Silver Dollars, coin enthusiasts can choose from a large range of uncirculated or proof examples to collect or invest in. Modern Commemorative Silver Dollars have always been favored among coin collectors, with some designs being more popular than others. Here are just a few of the Mint’s most popular pieces:
Authorized in commemoration of the Statue of Liberty’s 100th anniversary, the reverse side of the 1986 Silver Dollar was designed by John Mercanti and features the Statue of Liberty stood in front of Ellis Island. Inscriptions include ELLIS ISLAND GATEWAY TO AMERICA to the left of Liberty and IN GOD WE TRUST to the right with the mintmark below the words. Minted in Denver (D), Philadelphia (P) and San Francisco (S), the coin’s obverse also features the engraving LIBERTY starting just to the left of Liberty’s torch and finishing by the right side of her body. The minting year is situated bottom middle of the Silver Dollar.
On the reverse side of the 1986 Statue of Liberty Commemorative Silver Dollar is a close-up image of Liberty’s torch with the inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA above. From the middle of the coin working downwards are the engravings GIVE ME YOUR TIRED, YOUR POOR, YOUR HUDDLED MASSES YEARNING TO BREATHE FREE, E PLURIBUS UNUM and ONE DOLLAR. The reverse designer is Matthew Peloso.
The 1986 Statue of Liberty Silver Dollar was the most successful commemorative coin program in the history of the U.S. Mint, and funds raised by the coin went to the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation. Today, the coin is readily available in gem uncirculated and proof versions.
The 1984 Olympics Coliseum Silver Dollar was released to celebrate the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California. Fifty percent of the surcharges collected from the coin was used to train athletes, erect training facilities, and support amateur athletic programs. The other fifty percent was used to promote and stage the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Both of the images used on the coin were designed by Robert Graham.
On the obverse of the coin is a sculpture that was to be placed in front of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum with the Olympic Stadium behind. Inscriptions include LIBERTY above the image and IN GOD WE TRUST across the center of the coin. Towards the bottom are the engravings LOS ANGELES, 1984, and XXIII OLYMPIAD. The mintmark can be found just above the last letter E in LOS ANGELES and will be displayed as D (Denver), P (Philadelphia) or S (San Francisco).
On the coin’s reverse side is a striking image of an eagle perched on top of an olive branch. There are also a few inscriptions, such as UNITED STATES OF AMERICA above the eagle, ONE DOLLAR to the right side of the bird and E PLURIBUS UNUM below.
To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the United States Constitution, the U.S. Mint issued a very special dollar coin. The markings on the coin are incredibly unique and very fitting for the 1987 Constitution Bicentennial Commemorative Silver Dollar, all of which were designed by Patrica L. Verani.
The obverse design of the coin displays an image of a quill pen laid across a sheaf of parchments, as well as thirteen stars. It also shows inscriptions, such as WE THE PEOPLE across the parchment and IN GOD WE TRUST above. The engravings THE U.S. CONSTITUTION 200TH ANNIVERSARY and 1787-LIBERTY-1987 encircle the image and other markings on the coin’s obverse. Proof coins were minted at the San Francisco Mint, uncirculated versions at the Philadelphia Mint, and the S or P mintmark is stamped to the right of WE ARE THE PEOPLE.
On the reverse side of the 1987 Constitution Bicentennial Commemorative Silver Dollar is a gathering of American residents from different backgrounds and time periods. They represent the diverse cultural and social spectrum embraced by America. Reverse inscriptions include E PLURIBUS UNUM above the people, as well as DOLLAR 1 and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA below.
Even today, the U.S. Mint continues to produce these stunning Commemorative Silver Dollars, with the very latest being the World War I Centennial 2018 Silver Dollar. Below is a full list of all the Dollar Coins that have been created in honor of all things America.
The popularity of Commemorative Silver Dollars is increasing, which is why so many people are acting and investing in these beautiful pieces right now. With such a wide variety of coins to choose from, it’s easy to find designs that appeal most to you and best fit into your unique collection.
As many of the limited edition Silver Dollars from the U.S. Mint have been made to honor important people and events of times gone by, they allow you the opportunity to own pieces of American history. If you prefer, you could acquire a coin from each program to make a complete set of Commemorative Silver Dollars.
Regardless of how few or many Commemorative Silver Dollars you wish to possess, Capital Gold Coins makes the buying process hassle-free. Simply tell us which coins you’d like to invest in, and we’ll deliver them to you. If for any reason we don’t have a particular coin in stock, one of our experts will hunt it down. For more details or to place an order, please feel free to contact us at your convenience.