Modern US Commemorative Silver Coins

Posted by on May 8, 2012
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1982 Silver US George Washington Commemorative Half-Dollar obverse

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1982 Silver US George Washington Commemorative Half-Dollar reverse

Modern US Commemorative Silver Coins got initiated by the United States House’s desire to have a silver half-dollar to commemorate the 250th anniversary of George Washington’s birth in 1982.  Following this two different commemorative silver dollars were made for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics; the “Discus Thrower” for 1983 and the “Coliseum” in 1984.  The success of these was capitalized on in 1986 with the “Statue of Liberty Half-Dollar”, then in 1987 the “Constitution Bicentennial Dollar”, and ever since there has been at least one silver commemorative coin released by the United States Mint.

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One of the more recent collectible Modern US Commemorative Silver Coins that the House of Representatives approved is the Mark Twain Commemorative coin on April 18, 2012.  The Senate version was introduced on November 30, 2011 and when passed 350,000 one dollar silver commemorative coins will be struck in 2016.  The original intent was to have the coin available in 2010 which was the 175 anniversary of Mark Twain's birth and the 125th anniversary of his novel; “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”.  The $5 surcharge will be divided amongst four different Mark Twain associated education institutions.

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2012 US Silver Infantry Soldier Dollar Commemorative

There are more Modern US Commemorative Silver Coins to come as  the House has also approved a “National Baseball Hall of Fame” silver and silver-clad Commemorative Coin on July 14, 2011, for release on January 1, 2015.  There will be 400,000 silver dollars, and 750,000 clad half dollars available.  Then on December 15, 2011 the House passed a commemorative coin act to raise money for the United States Marshals Service.  This includes 500,000 silver dollars and 750,000 clad half-dollars to be released to commemorate the United States Marshal Service 225th Anniversary in 2015.  There is also a “March of Dimes” silver dollar commemorative coin that had been proposed on December 1, 2011.

Some of the past minted Modern US Commemorative Silver Coins that may still be available from the United States Mint are the “2012 Infantry Soldier Dollar” which was released this past February 16, 2012 and more recently the second of two “Star-Spangled Banner Silver Dollars” was released on March 5, 2012.

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2012 US Star Spangled Banner Silver Commemorative Dollar

2011 had two Modern US Commemorative Silver Coins released:  the “Medal of Honor Silver Dollar” and the “Army Silver Dollar”.  In 2010 there were 350,000 of the “Disabled American Veterans Silver Commemorative Coin” released on February 25, 2010.  The $10 surcharge is put towards the Disabled Veteran’s LIFE Memorial Foundation.  2010 also saw 350,000 strikes of the “Boy Scouts of America Centennial Silver Dollar”.

All of these Modern US Commemorative Silver Coins of the silver dollar variety weigh 26.730 grams of the 90% silver and 10% copper composition and are 1.500 inches (38.10 millimeters) in diameter.  They are/were available in Proof or Uncirculated condition.  The mint that strikes these silver coins vary but usually one will strike the Proof and another mint will strike the Uncirculated coins.

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