We are pleased to offer for sale this 1982-S George Washington 250th Anniversary of Birth Commemorative Proof Silver Half Dollar.
The George Washington Commemorative Half Dollar was struck to celebrate the 250th Anniversary of George Washington's birth.
This was the first commemorative coin produced by the US Mint since 1954.
It is considered the first "Modern Commemorative Coin".
The Proof Silver Half Dollar was minted at the San Francisco (S) Mint.
4,894,044 of this coin were minted.
It is comprised of .90 (90%) silver and .100 (10%) copper with a diameter of 30.61mm and a weight of 12.5 grams with a reeded edge.
The coin was designed by Elizabeth Jones.
The obverse features George Washington riding a horse.
The reverse depicts the easter facade of Washington's home, Mt. Vernon.
The 1982-S George Washington 250th Anniversary of Birth Commemorative Proof Silver Half Dollar is encapsulated
and comes in the original U.S. Mint packaging with a Certificate of Authenticity (COA).
Don't miss out on this rare 1982-S George Washington 250th Anniversary of Birth Commemorative Proof Silver Half Dollar!!
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.