United States Constitution Bicentennial coins

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The United States Constitution Bicentennial commemorative coins are a series of commemorative coins which were issued by the United States Mint in 1987.

Legislation[edit]

The Bicentennial of the Constitution Coins and Medals Act (Pub.L. 99–582) authorized the production of two coins, a silver dollar and a gold half eagle, to commemorate the bicentennial of the signing of the US Constitution. The act allowed the coins to be struck in both proof and uncirculated finishes.[1]

Designs[edit]

Dollar[edit]

US Constitution Bicentennial dollar obverse (left) and reverse (right)

The obverse of the United States Constitution Bicentennial dollar, designed by Patricia L. Verani, features a sheaf of parchments, a quill pen, and the words "We the People". The reverse, also designed by Verani, portrays a cross section of Americans from various periods of history.[2]

Half eagle[edit]

US Constitution Bicentennial half eagle obverse (left) and reverse (right)

The obverse of the United States Constitution Bicentennial half eagle, designed by Marcel Jovine, features a modernistic, highly stylized eagle holding a quill pen. The reverse, also by Jovine, features a quill pen with the words, "We the People".[3]

Specifications[edit]

Dollar

  • Display Box Color: Navy Blue
  • Edge: Reeded
  • Weight: 26.730 grams; 0.8594 troy ounce
  • Diameter: 38.10 millimeters; 1.50 inches
  • Composition: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

Half Eagle

  • Display Box Color: Navy Blue
  • Edge: Reeded
  • Weight: 8.359 grams; 0.2687 troy ounce
  • Diameter: 21.59 millimeters; 0.850 inch
  • Composition: 90% Gold, 3.6% Silver, 6.4% Copper

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Text of H.R. 3415 (99th): Bicentennial of the Constitution Coins and Medals Act (Passed Congress version)". GovTrack.us. Retrieved 2021-05-11.
  2. ^ "Constitution Bicentennial Dollar". United States Mint. Retrieved 2019-03-31.
  3. ^ "Constitution Bicentennial Gold $5". United States Mint. Retrieved 2019-03-31.