Franklin Delano Roosevelt half eagle

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The Franklin Delano Roosevelt gold half eagle is a commemorative coin issued by the United States Mint in 1997.[1]

Franklin Delano Roosevelt gold $5
United States
Value$5 U.S. dollars
Mass8.359 g (0.27 troy oz)
Diameter21.59 mm (.850 in)
EdgeReeded
Composition90% Au
6% Ag
4% Cu
Gold0.24 troy oz
Years of minting1997 (1997)
Mint marksW
Obverse
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DesignProfile of President Roosevelt
DesignerT. James Ferrell
Reverse
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DesignPresidential seal displayed at FDR's 1933 inauguration
DesignerJames Peed

Legislation[edit]

The United States Commemorative Coin Act of 1996 (Pub.L. 104–329 (text) (PDF)) authorized the production of a commemorative $5 gold coin (half eagle) to commemorate the public opening of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, DC. The act allowed the coins to be struck in both proof and uncirculated finishes.[2]

Design[edit]

The obverse of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt gold half eagle, designed by T. James Ferrell, is based on one of FDR's favorite photographs taken in 1938 depicting the commander-in-chief on the bridge of the USS Houston wearing a boat cloak that became a familiar trademark for many Americans. The reverse, designed by James Peed, features a rendering of the Presidential seal displayed at FDR's 1933 inaugural.[3]

Specifications[edit]

  • Display Box Color: Maroon
  • Edge: Reeded
  • Weight: 8.359 grams; 0.27 troy ounce
  • Diameter: 21.59 millimeters; 0.850 inch
  • Composition: 90% Gold, 6% Silver, 4% Copper
Franklin Delano Roosevelt $5 gold uncirculated and proof coins with Mint packaging and COA

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Roosevelt Commemorative Gold Coin". United States Mint. Retrieved June 30, 2021.
  2. ^ "Text of H.R. 1776 (104th): United States Commemorative Coin Act of 1996 (Passed Congress version)". GovTrack.us. Retrieved 2021-06-30.
  3. ^ "Roosevelt Commemorative Gold Coin". United States Mint. Retrieved June 30, 2021.