Modern Commemorative Coins (1980-1989)
- 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.
1989 U.S. Congress Bicentennial Coins
Congress Bicentennial Gold $5
Obverse: The Capital Dome.
Reverse: Eagle atop a canopy overlooking the Old Senate Building.
Congress Bicentennial Silver Dollar
Obverse: Statue of Freedom.
Reverse: The Mace of the House of Representatives.
Congress Bicentennial Half Dollar
Obverse: Bust of the Statue of Freedom.
Reverse: Full view of the Capitol Building surrounded by a wreath of stars.
1988 U.S. Olympic (Seoul) Coins
Olympics (Seoul) Gold $5
Obverse: Picture of Nike, goddess of victory, in a wreath of olive leaves.
Reverse: Olympic flame.
Olympics (Seoul) Silver Dollar
Obverse: Lady Liberty's torch and the Olympic Torch merging into a single symbolic flame with olive branches encircling the torches.
Reverse: Five-ring logo of the U.S. Olympic Committee, framed olive branches.
1987 U. S. Constitution Bicentennial Coins
Constitution Bicentennial Gold $5
Obverse: Stylized eagle holding a quill pen.
Reverse: Constitutional slogan, "We The People."
Constitution Bicentennial Dollar
Obverse: A quill pen, a sheaf of parchment and the words "We The People."
Reverse: Cross-section of Americans from various periods representing contrasting lifestyles.
1986 U.S. Statue of Liberty Coins
Statue of Liberty Gold $5
Obverse: Close-up view of Liberty.
Reverse: An eagle in flight.
Statue of Liberty Dollar
Obverse: Liberty with the Ellis Island Immigration Center in the background.
Reverse: Liberty's torch with inscriptions.
Statue of Liberty Half Dollar
Obverse: Side view of Liberty and back view of immigrant ship steaming into New York harbor.
Reverse: Immigrant family with their belongings on the threshold of America.
1983-1984 U.S. Olympic Coins
1984 Olympics Ten Dollar Gold Eagle/Runners
Obverse: Olympic torch runners.
Reverse: Head of an American eagle.
1984 Olympics Silver Dollar/Coliseum
Obverse: Depicts likeness of the sculpture placed in front of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Reverse: American Eagle.
1983 Olympics Silver Dollar/Discus Thrower
Obverse: Greek Discus Thrower, inspired by the ancient work of the Greek sculptor, Myron.
Reverse: Head and upper body of an American eagle.
Photo courtesy the U.S. Mint
1982 George Washington 250th Anniversary Commemorative Half Dollar
Obverse: Portrait of George Washington astride a horse.
Reverse: Mt. Vernon.