George Washington half eagle

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The George Washington gold half eagle is a commemorative coin issued by the United States Mint in 1999, the 200th anniversary of Washington's death.

George Washington gold $5
United States
Value$5 U.S. dollars
Mass8.359 g (0.27 troy oz)
Diameter21.59 mm (.850 in)
EdgeReeded
Composition90% Au
10% Alloy
Gold0.24 troy oz
Years of minting1999 (1999)
Mint marksW
Obverse
1999 half eagle.tif
DesignProfile of George Washington
DesignerLaura Gardin Fraser
Reverse
1999 George Washington Half Eagle Reverse.jpg
DesignTraditional view of a bald eagle
DesignerLaura Gardin Fraser

Legislation[edit]

The George Washington 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 life of George Washington, leader of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War and the nation's first commander-in-chief. The act allowed the coins to be struck in both proof and uncirculated finishes.[1]

Design[edit]

The obverse of the George Washington gold half eagle, designed by Laura Gardin Fraser, bares a right-facing portrait of Washington. The reverse, also designed by Fraser, features the Heraldic Eagle with outspread wings.[2] Fraser's obverse was later used as the obverse for the coins of the circulating American Women quarters program.[3]

Specifications[edit]

  • Display Box: Maroon
  • Edge: Reeded
  • Weight: 8.359 grams; 0.27 troy ounce
  • Diameter: 21.59 millimeters; 0.850 inch
  • Composition: 90% Gold, 10% Alloy

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Text of H.R. 2026 (104th): George Washington Commemorative Coin Act of 1996 (Passed Congress version)". GovTrack.us. Retrieved 2021-07-01.
  2. ^ "George Washington Gold Five-Dollar". United States Mint. Retrieved 2021-07-01.
  3. ^ "Fraser portrait to finally debut on quarter in 2022". CoinWorld. Retrieved 2022-03-25.