- Modern Commemorative
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 and personalities of national or international importance.
While silver dollars remain the traditional denomination, low-value circulating commemoratives have gained in popularity.
2017 Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin Program
Boys Town Centennial Half Dollar
Obverse: an older brother holding the hand of his younger brother in 1917. They walk toward Father Flanagan’s Boys Home and the 1940s Pylon representing what would become Boys Town.
Reverse: a present–day Boys Town neighborhood of homes where children are schooled and nurtured by caring families. Out of these homes come young adults who graduate from high school and the Boys Town program.
Boys Town Centennial Silver Dollar
Obverse: a young girl sitting alone and gazing upward into the branches of an oak tree looking for help.
Reverse: an oak tree offering shelter and a sense of belonging to the family holding hands below it, which includes the girl from the obverse.
Boys Town Centennial $5 Gold
Obverse: a portrait of Father Flanagan.
Reverse: an outstretched hand holding a young oak tree growing from an acorn.
2017 Lions Clubs International Centennial Commemorative Coin Program
Standing Liberty 2016 Centennial Silver Dollar
Obverse: a portrait of founder Melvin Jones paired with the Lions Clubs International logo.
Reverse: a male and female lion with a lion cub superimposed over a globe.
2016 Liberty Centennial Commemorative Coin Program
Standing Liberty 2016 Centennial Gold Quarter Dollar
Obverse: Liberty holding a shield and olive branch as she steps through an opening in a wall bearing 13 stars.
Reverse: an eagle in flight flanked by 13 stars.
Walking Liberty 2016 Centennial Gold Half Dollar
Obverse: a full–length figure of Liberty in full stride, enveloped in folds of the flag, with her right hand extended and branches of laurel and oak in her left.
Reverse: an American eagle rising from a mountaintop perch.
2016 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service Commemorative Coin Program
100th Anniversary of the National Park Service Half Dollar
Obverse: a hiker discovering the majesty of the wilderness and a small child discovering a frog hiding in ferns, celebrating the diversity and breadth of the National Park Service.
Reverse: the National Park Service logo.
100th Anniversary of the National Park Service Silver Dollar
Obverse: Yellowstone National Park’s Old Faithful geyser and a bison.
Reverse: a Latina Folklórico dancer and the National Park Service logo, representing the multi–faceted cultural experience found in America’s national parks.
100th Anniversary of the National Park Service $5 Gold
Obverse: John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt with Yosemite National Park’s Half Dome in the background.
Reverse: the National Park Service logo.
2016 Mark Twain Commemorative Coin Program
Mark Twain Silver Dollar
Obverse: a portrait of Mark Twain holding a pipe with smoke forming a silhouette of Huck Finn and Jim on a raft in the background.
Reverse: an assortment of characters leaping to life from Mark Twain’s works: The knight and horse from A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, the frog from “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” and Jim and Huck from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Mark Twain $5 Gold
Obverse: a portrait of Mark Twain.
Reverse: a steamboat in the Mississippi River.
2015 US Marshals Service Commemorative Coin Program
US Marshals Service Half Dollar
Obverse: an image of a US Marshal and a horse from the Old West contrasted with a modern female Marshal wearing tactical gear.
Reverse: a broad collection of objects symbolizing well known areas of responsibility in the history of the US Marshals Service.
US Marshals Service Silver Dollar
Obverse: an image of the US Marshals Service Star with the silhouette of US Marshals riding horses across the lower portion.
Reverse: a frontier U.S. Marshal leaning against a post and holding a "wanted" poster.
US Marshals Service $5 Gold
Obverse: image of the US Marshals Service Star superimposed on a mountain range evoking a western landscape.
Reverse: a bald eagle holding a draped American flag.
2015 March of Dimes Commemorative Coin Program
March of Dimes Silver Dollar
Obverse: features profile portraits of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Dr. Jonas Salk.
Reverse: features a depiction of a baby cuddled in the hand of a parent.
2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Program
Baseball Hall of Fame Half Dollar
Obverse: Baseball glove.
Baseball Hall of Fame Silver Dollar
Obverse: Baseball glove.
Baseball Hall of Fame $5 Gold
Obverse: Baseball glove.
2014 Civil Rights Act of 1964 Commemorative Coin Program
Civil Rights Act of 1964 Silver Dollar
Obverse: Three people holding hands at a civil rights march.
Reverse: Three flames intertwined.
2013 5-Star Generals Commemorative Coin Program
5-Star Generals Half Dollar Clad Coin
Obverse: portraits of Generals Henry "Hap" Arnold and Omar N. Bradley with the 5-star insignia above their heads.
Reverse: the heraldic crest of Fort Leavenworth.
5-Star Generals Commemorative Silver Dollar Coin
Obverse: portraits of Generals George C. Marshall and Dwight D. Eisenhower against a striped background with the 5-star insignia above their heads.
Reverse: the Leavenworth Lamp with the heraldic crest of Fort Leavenworth on its side.
5-Star Generals Commemorative $5 Gold Coin
Obverse: portrait of General Douglas MacArthur with the 5-star insignia on the right side of the design.
Reverse: the Leavenworth Lamp, the symbol of the CGSC.
2013 Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Commemorative Coin Program
Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Commemorative Silver Dollar Coin
Obverse: three girls who represent the different ages and diversity of Girl Scouts of the USA.
Reverse: the iconic Profiles of Girl Scouts of the USA.
2012 Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coin Program
Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Silver Dollar Coin
Obverse: design of the 2012 Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Silver Dollar is emblematic of the theme "The Battle of Baltimore at Fort McHenry".
Reverse: is emblematic of the theme "The Star-Spangled Banner" (the flag). It depicts a waving modern American flag.
Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative $5 Gold Coin
Obverse: design of the 2012 Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Gold Five-Dollar Coin is emblematic of the theme "The Battles at Sea During the War of 1812".
Reverse: is emblematic of the theme "The Star-Spangled Banner" (the song). It depicts the first words of the Star-Spangled Banner anthem.
2012 Infantry Soldier Commemorative Coin Program
Infantry Soldier Commemorative Silver Dollar Coin
Obverse: a modern Infantry soldier on rocky ground charging forward and beckoning the troops to follow, symbolizing the "Follow Me" motto of the Infantry.
Reverse: the crossed rifles insignia, the branch insignia of the Infantry.
2011 Medal of Honor Commemorative Coin Program
Medal of Honor Commemorative Silver Dollar Coin
Obverse: the three current Army, Navy, and Air Force Medals of Honor, left to right. The ribbon with field of stars in the center is the common feature of all three medals, reflecting the joint nature of modern era warfare and the fact that the Medal of Honor is the only U.S. military medal worn around the neck.
Reverse: a contemporary infantry soldier carrying a wounded soldier to safety under enemy fire, reflecting the courage and self-sacrifice of all Medal of Honor recipients.
Medal of Honor Commemorative $5 Gold Coin
Obverse: the original Medal of Honor authorized by Congress in 1861 as the Navy's highest personal decoration.
Reverse: Minerva, based on the common central image on both the original Navy and Army Medals of Honor. Minerva, standing with a shield representing the Army and Navy in her right hand and the Union flag in her left hand, is flanked by a field artillery cannon and wheel of the Civil War era.
2011 United States Army Commemorative Coin Program
United States Army Commemorative Half Dollar Clad Coin - "Service in Peace"
Obverse: a U.S. Army soldier surveying, two servicemen building a flood wall and a Redstone Army rocket used during early space exploration.
Reverse: the U.S. Army as the first military service to defend the country and its key role in the Nation's internal development. It features an enlisted Continental soldier armed with a musket and 13 stars representing the original Colonies.
United States Army Commemorative Silver Dollar Coin - "Modern Service"
Obverse: the busts of a male and female soldier, symbolizing worldwide deployment of the 21st century U.S. Army.
Reverse: the seven core values of the U.S. Army. The design features an image of the Great Seal of the United States, worn on Army dress and service uniforms since the early 1800's.
United States Army Commemorative $5 Gold Coin - "Service in War"
Obverse: the U.S. Army's war service from the Revolutionary War through today, symbolizing its continuity of strength and readiness. The design features, from left to right, Continental, Civil War, modern, World War II and World War I soldiers.
Reverse: the official U.S. Army emblem and represents the unbroken history of loyalty and commitment to defend the Nation.
The 2010 Boy Scouts of America Centennial Silver Dollar
Boy Scouts of America Centennial Silver Dollar
Obverse: a Cub Scout in the foreground with a Boy Scout and female Venturer in the background saluting
Reverse: The Boy Scouts of America's universal emblem
Photo courtesy the U.S. Mint
2010 American Veterans Disabled for Life Silver Dollar
American Veterans Disabled for Life Silver Dollar Silver Dollar
Obverse: an image of the legs and boots of three veterans.
Reverse: A forget-me-not flower at the base of a wreath wrapped in a ribbon that cradles and supports clusters of oak branches.