We are pleased to offer for sale this 1997-S Jackie Robinson 50th
Anniversary Commemorative Uncirculated Silver Dollar.
Jackie Robinson BU
Silver Dollar was minted in 1997 and is in Brilliant
Uncirculated (BU) condition. This 1997-S Jackie Robinson BU
Silver Dollar was produced by the U.S. Mint to commemorate
Anniversary of Jackie Robinson's debut in Major League Baseball, when
he broke the color barrier and won Rookie of the
There were 30,180 Jackie
Robinson Uncirculated Silver Dollars minted at
the San Francisco (S) Mint.
The Jackie Robinson
Uncirculated Silver Dollar is comprised of .900
(90%) silver and .100 (10%) copper with a diameter of 38.1mm and a
weight of 26.73 grams. The obverse of the coin features
Jackie Robinson sliding into home, engraved by Alfred
Maletsky. The reverse of the Jackie Robinson BU Silver
engraved by T. James Ferrell, features a large seal with
Robinson's name and a scroll that reads BREAKING BARRIERS.
The 1997-S Jackie
Robinson 50th Anniversary Commemorative Uncirculated
Silver Dollar comes in the original U.S. Mint packaging,
and resting in a velvet lined case, in the Mint box, with the
Certificate of Authenticity.
Modern Commemorative Coins
The U.S. Mint did not make commemorative coins from 1955-1981, despite repeated calls from the public to do so.
In 1982 the Treasury department finally issued it's first commemorative coin since 1954, a silver half dollar honoring the 250th anniversary of George Washington's birth.
In the past, the responsiblity for distributing commemorative coins had been placed in the hands of a commission or private individuals. This time, the responsibility fell
to the U.S. Mint, and all profits were distributed to the U.S. Government. With the coming of the 1983 and 1984 Los Nageles Omypics, came the opportunity to place a surcharge
on each coin, each to the benefit of an organization that was determined by Congress (in this case, the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee). While this change was widely
criticized at the time, it is now the standard and the practice continues with very little controversy.
While modern commemorative coins have not seen much appreciation from the public in general, these coins continue be be incredibly significant in their historical, cultural and sentimental value.