Commemorative Coins


United States Mint commemorative coins are authorized by Congress to celebrate and honor American people, places, events, or institutions. This lends to a wide variety of subjects depicted on the coins. Since 1982, there have typically been one or more programs approved for each year, which provides for a multitude of coins available to present day collectors.

Statue of Liberty Half Dollar

Modern commemorative coins are not issued for circulation, but sold directly by the US Mint during established offering periods. Coins have been issued struck in gold, silver, or copper-nickel clad and offered in proof and uncirculated versions. Each coin carries a maximum authorized mintage that limits the number of coins that can be produced and sold. While some issues have sold out of their entire mintage, others have experienced slower sales. These coins with lower mintages often become more valuable after their year of issue.

Famous people have been depicted on commemorative coins including George Washington, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Christopher Columbus, Benjamin Franklin, and Abraham Lincoln. The coins are often released to coincide with the anniversary of their birth.

Important places, buildings, or structures have been featured such as the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, the White House, the U.S. Capitol, and Yellowstone National Park. Generally, surcharges added to the cost of each coin go towards restoring or maintaining these structures.

1988 Olympics Gold Coin

Commemoratives have been issued to coincide with important events or anniversaries of important events. This has included the Olympic Games for a number of years, the Bicentennial of Congress, the 50th anniversary of World War II, and the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brother's historic first flight. The study and collecting of commemorative coins provides an overview of the rich history of the United States.

Recent programs have included the United States Army and the Medal of Honor in 2011. These programs both included silver dollars and $5 gold coins, with a clad composition Army Half Dollar also issued. For 2012, the programs celebrate the bicentennial of the writing of the Star Spangled Banner and the United States Army Infantry.

Lincoln Commemorative

For 2013, programs celebrated the centennial of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America and honored the five 5-Star Generals of the United States Army.

This site will provide information and images on commemorative coins issued from 1982 to present. A selection of coins for sale will also be presented including coins in original US Mint packaging and coins certified by PCGS or NGC.