Benjamin Franklin silver dollar

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Years of minting2006 (2006)
"Founding Father"

Two commemorative Benjamin Franklin silver dollar coins were issued by the United States Mint in 2006 in honor of the tercentenary of the birth of Benjamin Franklin.[1][2][3]

One coin, issued in honor of his legacy as a Scientist, depicts a youthful Franklin with a kite and key on the obverse and his famous 1754 cartoon Join, or Die on the reverse. The obverse was designed by Norman E. Nemeth and the reverse was designed by Charles Vickers.[3]

The other coin commemorates his contributions as a Founding Father. The obverse was designed by Don Everhart and depicts a portrait of a mature Franklin and includes his signature. The reverse was designed by Donna Weaver and depicts the 1776 Continental Currency dollar coin, which was originally designed by Franklin.[3]

The coins are 90% silver and weigh 26.73 g with a diameter of 38.1 mm. Proof and uncirculated versions were produced at the Philadelphia Mint.

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  1. ^ "Benjamin Franklin Commemorative "Scientist" Silver Dollar Coin". United States Mint. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  2. ^ "Benjamin Franklin Commemorative "Founding Father" Silver Dollar Coin". United States Mint. Retrieved April 30, 2023.
  3. ^ a b c "2006 Benjamin Franklin Silver Dollar". Modern Commemoratives. Retrieved 2023-05-05.