Yellowstone National Park silver dollar

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The Yellowstone National Park silver dollar is a commemorative coin issued by the United States Mint in 1999. Proceeds benefitted Yellowstone National Park and other national parks via the National Park Foundation.[1]

Yellowstone National Park Commemorative Dollar
United States
Value1 U.S. Dollar
Mass26.73 g
Diameter38.10 mm (1.500 in)
EdgeReeded
Composition90% Ag
10% Cu
Years of minting1999
Obverse
1999YellowstoneNationalParkSilverDollar obv.jpg
DesignA spouting geyser with background treeline
DesignerEdgar Z. Steever, IV
Design date1999
Reverse
1999 Yellowstone National Park Dollar Reverse.jpg
DesignAmerican Buffalo with sun and mountains in the background
DesignerWilliam C. Cousins
Design date1999

Legislation[edit]

The United States Commemorative Coin Act of 1996 (Pub.L. 104–1776 (text) (PDF)) authorized the production of a commemorative silver dollar to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the establishment of Yellowstone National Park, the nation's first. The act allowed the coins to be struck in both proof and uncirculated finishes.[2] The coins were first released on July 16, 1999.

Design[edit]

The obverse of the Yellowstone National Park commemorative dollar, designed by Edgar Z. Steever, IV, depicts a spouting geyser with the park's tree-lined landscape in the background. The reverse, designed by William C. Cousins, is adapted from the seal of the U.S. Department of Interior and shows an American Buffalo on the plains with a sun rising above the mountains in the background.[3]

Specifications[edit]

  • Display Box Color: Dark Green
  • Edge: Reeded
  • Weight: 26.730 grams; 0.8594 troy ounce
  • Diameter: 38.10 millimeters; 1.500 inches
  • Composition: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yellowstone National Park Commemorative Silver Dollar". United States Mint. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  2. ^ "Text of H.R. 1776 (104th): United States Commemorative Coin Act of 1996 (Passed Congress version)". GovTrack.us. Retrieved 2021-06-18.
  3. ^ "Yellowstone National Park Commemorative Silver Dollar". United States Mint. Retrieved 2021-06-18.