Modern Commemorative Coins (1990-1999)

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.

1999 George Washington Commemorative Coin

Year: 1999
Obverse: Bust of President George Washington.
Reverse: Heraldic Eagle with outspread wings.
1999 Dolley Madison Commemorative Proof Coin

Year: 1999
Obverse: Dolley Madison.
Reverse: Image of Montpelier, willow trees and foliage.
1999 Susan B. Anthony Dollar Coin

Obverse: depicts the likeness of Susan B. Anthony
Reverse: depicts an American eagle landing on the Moon, a design similar to the Eisenhower dollar, appears on the reverse.
1999 Yellowstone National Park Coins

Year: 1999
Obverse: Spouting geyser with the park's tree-lined landscape in the background.
Reverse: American buffalo on the plains, with a brilliant sun rising above the mountains in the background.
1998 Robert F. Kennedy Dollar

Two-coin set (Robert F. Kennedy Silver Dollar and John F. Kennedy Silver Half Dollar)
Year: 1998
Obverse: Portrait of Robert F. Kennedy
Reverse: The Seal of the Department of Justice and the Seal of the United States Senate.
1998 Black Revolutionary War Patriots Silver Dollar

Year: 1998
Obverse: Portrait of Crispus Attucks.
Reverse: Portrait of the proposed Black Patriots Memorial.
1997 Franklin Delano Roosevelt Gold $5

Year: 1997
Obverse: Portrait of President Roosevelt.
Reverse: James Peed: Presidential seal displayed at FDR's 1933 inaugural.
1997 Law Enforcement Commemorative Coin

Year: 1997
Obverse: United States Park Police officers Robert Chelsey and Kelcy Stefansson making a rubbing of a fellow officer's name.
Reverse: Emblem of the National Law Enforcement Memorial
1997 Jackie Robinson Commemorative Coins

Gold $5 Dollar
Year: 1997
Obverse: Portrait of Jackie Robinson
Reverse: Inscription "Legacy of Courage."

Silver One Dollar
Year: 1997
Obverse: Jackie Robinson stealing home plate during the 1955 World Series.
Reverse: 50th anniversary logo of the Jackie Robinson Foundation surrounded by "Rookie of the Year 1947," and "Hall of Fame 1962."
1997 Botanic Garden Dollar

Year: 1997
Obverse: Multi-arched French façade of the U.S. Botanic Garden.
Reverse: Features a rose garland beneath a Rose

1996 Smithsonian 150th Anniversary Coins

Smithsonian 150th Anniversary Gold $5
Year: 1996
Obverse: Picture of James Smithson
Reverse: Smithsonian starburst symbol

Smithsonian 150th Anniversary Silver Dollar
Year: 1996
Obverse: Smithsonian Institution known as the Castle.
Reverse: Allegorical figure atop the world.
1996 National Community Service Silver Dollar

Year: 1996
Obverse: Standing figure of Liberty.
Reverse: Inscribed with "Service for America" at center, encircled by a laurel wreath.
1995 Special Olympics World Games Silver Dollar

Year: 1995
Obverse: Portrait of Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
Reverse: Special Olympics Medal, a rose and quote.

1995 Civil War Battlefield Commemorative Coins

Civil War Battlefield Gold $5
Year: 1995
Obverse: Civil War bugler on horseback sounding a call to the troops.
Reverse: Image of a bald eagle, symbol of American strength.

Civil War Battlefield Silver Dollar
Year: 1995
Obverse: Infantryman raising a canteen to the lips of a wounded foe.
Reverse: Quotation from Joshua Chamberlain, a Gettysburg hero

Civil War Battlefield Half Dollar
Year: 1995
Obverse: Tribute to the Civil War drummer boys.
Reverse: Battlefield scene with the inscription “Enriching Our Future By Preserving Our Past."











1995-1996 Centennial Olympics Coins

1995 Centennial Olympics (Torch Runner) Gold $5
Year: 1995
Obverse: Runner carrying torch.
Reverse: Side view of a bald eagle with a banner in its beak.

1995 Centennial Olympics (Stadium) Gold $5
Year: 1995
Obverse: Picture of the Olympic Stadium.
Reverse: Side view of a bald eagle with a banner in its beak.

1995 Centennial Olympics (Cycling) Silver Dollar
Year: 1995
Obverse: Men cycling.
Reverse: Clasped hands symbolizing brotherhood and team spirit.

1995 Centennial Olympics (Track & Field) Silver Dollar
Year: 1995
Obverse: Men's track and field competition.
Reverse: Clasped hands symbolizing brotherhood and team spirit.

1995 Centennial Olympics (Paralympics) Silver Dollar
Year: 1995
Obverse: Blind tethered runner and the Paralympic mark.
Reverse: Clasped hands symbolizing brotherhood and team spirit.

1995 Centennial Olympics (Gymnastics) Silver Dollar
Year: 1995
Obverse: Men's gymnastics.
Reverse: Clasped hands symbolizing brotherhood and team spirit.

1995 Centennial Olympics (Baseball) Half Dollar
Year: 1995
Obverse: Men's baseball.
Reverse: The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games mark superimposed over a globe.

1995 Centennial Olympics (Basketball) Half Dollar
Year: 1995
Obverse: Men's basketball.
Reverse: The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games mark superimposed over a globe.

1996 Centennial Olympics (Cauldron) Gold $5
Year: 1996
Obverse: The lighting of the Olympic flame.
Reverse: The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games mark, encompassed by laurel leaves.

1996 Centennial Olympics (Flag Bearer) Gold $5
Year: 1996
Obverse: Athlete bearing a flag and a following crowd.
Reverse: The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games mark, encompassed by laurel leaves.

1996 Centennial Olympics (Rowing) Silver Dollar
Year: 1996
Obverse: Men rowing.
Reverse: The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games mark with a torch and flame.

1996 Centennial Olympics (High Jump) Silver Dollar
Year: 1996
Obverse: Athlete performing the "Fosbury Flop."
Reverse: The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games mark with a torch and flame.

1996 Centennial Olympics (Tennis) Dollar
Year: 1996
Obverse: Women playing tennis.
Reverse: The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games mark with a torch and flame.

1996 Centennial Olympics (Paralympics) Dollar
Year: 1996
Obverse: Wheelchair athlete competing in a track and field event.
Reverse: Mark of The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic with a torch and flame.

1996 Centennial Olympics (Soccer) Half Dollar
Year: 1996
Obverse: Women playing soccer.
Reverse: Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games mark with a Flame, Torch, Rings, a Greek column and a “100" to mark the Centennial of the Modern Olympic Games.

1996 Centennial Olympics (Swimming) Half Dollar
Year: 1996
Obverse: Male Swimmer
Reverse: The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games mark with a number of key symbols of the Olympic Games: Flame, Torch, Rings, a Greek column and a "100" to mark the Centennial of the Modern Olympic Games.
1994 Bicentennial of the U.S. Capitol Silver Dollar

Year: 1994
Obverse: View of the Capitol dome.
Reverse: An eagle, a shield and American flags.
1994 Women in Military Service for America Memorial Silver Dollar

Year: 1994
Obverse: Servicewomen representing the five branches of the United States military.
Reverse: Approved design of the Women In Military Service for America Memorial.
1994 Vietnam War Memorial Silver Dollar

Year: 1994
Obverse: Outstretched hand touching a name on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Reverse: Three medals awarded during the Vietnam War.
1994 U.S. Prisoner of War Silver Dollar

Year: 1994
Obverse: A chained eagle breaks free through a ring to represent "Freedom."
Reverse: Proposed design for the National Prisoner of War Museum.
1994 Thomas Jefferson 250th Anniversary Silver Dollar (Dated 1993)

Year: 1994
Obverse: Portrait of Thomas Jefferson.
Reverse: Monticello elevation drawing.


1994 World Cup USA Commemorative Coins

World Cup Tournament Gold $5
Year: 1994
Obverse: World Cup Trophy.
Reverse: 1994 World Cup USA logo.

World Cup Tournament Silver Dollar
Year: 1994
Obverse: Two competing players converging on a soccer ball.
Reverse: 1994 World Cup USA logo.

World Cup Tournament Half Dollar
Year: 1994
Obverse: Soccer player in action.
Reverse: 1994 World Cup USA logo.


1993 World War II 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coins

(1991-1995) World War II 50th Anniversary Gold $5
Year: 1991-1995
Obverse: American serviceman celebrating victory.
Reverse: "V" for Victory in center with Morse code for the letter superimposed.

(1991-1995) World War II 50th Anniversary Silver Dollar
Year: 1991-1995
Obverse: American soldier on the beach at Normandy.
Reverse: Shoulder sleeve insignia of Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force with Eisenhower quote.

(1991-1995) World War II 50th Anniversary Half Dollar
Year: 1993
Obverse: Faces of three United States service personnel superimposed upon the "V" for Victory symbol.
Reverse: Pacific island battle scene.
1993 Bill of Rights Commemorative Coins

Bill of Rights Gold $5
Year: 1993
Obverse: Madison studying the Bill of Rights.
Reverse: Madison quote, an eagle, torch, and laurel branch.

Bill of Rights Dollar
Year: 1993
Obverse: Portrait of James Madison with "Liberty" and "In God We Trust" inscribed below.
Reverse: Montpelier, home of James and Dolley Madison.

Bill of Rights Half Dollar
Year: 1993
Obverse: James Madison penning the Bill of Rights, Montpelier in the background, and surrounding inscriptions.
Reverse: Torch of freedom, with inscriptions, "The Bill of Rights" and "Our Basic Freedoms."


1992 Christopher Columbus Quincentenary Coins

Christopher Columbus Quincentenary Gold $5
Year: 1992
Obverse: Portrait of Christopher Columbus facing a map of the new world.
Reverse: Crest of the Admiral of the Ocean Sea.

Christopher Columbus Quincentenary Silver Dollar
Year: 1992
Obverse: Full-length portrait of Christopher Columbus beside a globe with ships above.
Reverse: Split image of the Santa Maria and the U.S. Space Shuttle Discovery.

Christopher Columbus Quincentenary Half Dollar
Year: 1992
Obverse: Columbus landing in the New World.
Reverse: Columbus and his three ships.
1992 White House 200th Anniversary Silver Dollar

Year: 1992
Obverse: North portico of the White House.
Reverse: Bust of James Hoban, the original architect of the White House, and the main entrance he designed.


1992 U.S. Olympic Coins

Olympics (France and Spain) Gold $5
Year: 1992
Obverse: Sprinter in a burst of speed.
Reverse: The Olympic Rings and the American Bald Eagle.

Olympics (France and Spain) Silver Dollar
Year: 1992
Obverse: Pitcher firing a ball to home plate.
Reverse: Olympic rings, olive branches, stars and stripes, and a bold "USA."

Olympics (France and Spain) Half Dollar
Year: 1992
Obverse: Gymnast in motion.
Reverse: Inscribed "Citius, Altius, Fortius" (Faster, Higher, Stronger).
1991 USO 50th Anniversary Silver Dollar

Year: 1991
Obverse: USO pennant and the words "50th Anniversary."
Reverse: Eagle perched on a globe.
1991 Korean War Memorial Silver Dollar

Year: 1991
Obverse: Army Infantryman in full gear.
Reverse: An outline map of Korea divided at the 38th Parallel and a bust of the American bald eagle.


1991 Mount Rushmore Anniversary Coins

Mount Rushmore Golden Anniversary Gold $5
Year: 1991
Obverse: Mount Rushmore Memorial.
Reverse: American eagle flying above the Mount Rushmore Monument.

Mount Rushmore Golden Anniversary Dollar
Year: 1991
Obverse: Picture of Mount Rushmore wreathed in laurel.
Reverse: Displays the Eagle Crest over a map of the United States.

Mount Rushmore Golden Anniversary Half Dollar
Year: 1991
Obverse: Mount Rushmore Memorial and a sunburst.
Reverse: Classic design of the American Bison.
1990 Eisenhower Centennial Silver Dollar

Year: 1990
Obverse: Profile of President Eisenhower facing right, which is superimposed over his own left-facing profile as a five-star general.
Reverse: Eisenhower's home at Gettysburg.

Photo courtesy the U.S. Mint