We are pleased to offer for sale this 1983-S Los
Angles Olympiad Discus Thrower Commemorative Proof Silver Dollar.
This coin was minted at the San Fransisco (S) Mint and is comprised of .900 silver and .100 copper with a weight of 26.73 grams and a diameter of 38.1mm.
There were 1,577,025 of these 90% Silver Dollars minted.
It was designed by Elizabeth Jones, chief engraver for the U.S. Mint.
The obverse features a representation of the traditional Greek discuss thrower, while the
reverse depicts the head and upper body of a American Eagle.
This 1983-S Los Angles Olympiad Discus Thrower Commemorative Proof Silver Dollar comes
in a mint capsule with the original U.S. Mint packaging, included is the Certificate of Authenticity (COA).
Don't miss out on this
rare 1983-S Los Angles Olympiad Discus Thrower
Commemorative Proof Silver 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.