Modern commemorative U.S. coins have been issued by the U.S. Mint since 1982, when George Washington half dollars were struck to mark the 250th anniversary of his birth. Before the Washingtons, as they are known, early commemorative coins were issued between 1892 and 1954 to honor people, places, and events, as well as to raise money for monuments and related activities.

The first such modern-era fundraiser was a trio of coins minted in 1983 and 1984 to support the efforts of the U.S. Olympic Committee. Commemorative coins tied to the Los Angeles summer games of 1984 featured two silver dollars and a $10 gold eagle, which was the first gold coin struck since the last double eagle had circulated in 1933.

Subsequent Olympic coins were struck prior to games in Seoul (1988), Barcelona (1992), Atlanta (1996), and Salt Lake City (2002). In fact, sports themes have been popular on commemorative coins, as seen in coins minted for the 1994 World Cup, which took place in the United States, and two coins (a silver dollar and a gold half eagle) honoring Brooklyn Dodgers star Jackie Robinson in 1997.

Other landmarks and leading lights of American history to be honored include the Statue of Liberty (1986), the 50th anniversary of the start of World War II (1991-1995), and Benjamin Franklin, who got two silver dollars (one showing him flying a kite on the obverse) in 2006.

While most commemorative coins are not intended for circulation—indeed, their face value is typically less than their retail price—some coins blur this line. For example, bicentennial quarters and half dollars issued from 1976 to 1977 were put into circulation, but many people have collected them in the same way as they would commemoratives. An even better example of circulating modern commemorative coins are the U.S. state quarters issued since 1999.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Legendary Coins and Currency

Legendary Coins and Currency

This online exhibition from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is a great way to get an overview… [read review or visit site]

Society of U.S. Pattern Collectors

Society of U.S. Pattern Collectors

Home to the Society of U.S. Pattern collectors, this well-organized site provides in-depth information on pattern c… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

2015 P March Of Dimes Special Silver Reverse Proof 10c Pcgs Pr70 First Strike2001 Proof & Uncirculated American Buffalo Silver Dollar Two Coin Set2015 March Of Dimes Silver Proof 3-coin Commemorative Set Ngc Pf70 70 #e2015 March Of Dimes Pf70 Philadelphia Mint Reverse Proof Dime First Releases2015 W $1 Fm March Of Dimes Special Silver Set, Ngc Early Release Pf70. Pre-sell2015 March Of Dimes Silver Com. Set Ngc Graded Pf-702015-p U.s. Marshals Service Anniv Silver $1 Dollar Ngc Pf70 Uc Er Sku34258Unopened Sealed Box Of 5 (five) 2015 March Of Dimes Silver Special Proof Sets Us Mint 2015 W Reverse Proof Pf 70 March Of Dimes First Release Dime 10c2015 March Of Dimes Comm. Silver Set Ngc Graded Pf-702015 March Of Dimes Special Special Silver Set, Limited To 75,0002015 March Of Dimes Special Issue Silver 3 Coin Set W/rev Proof Roosevelt Dime 32015 U.s. Mint March Of Dimes Silver Proof Set - *slightly Damaged Coa*2015 March Of Dimes Silver Commemorative Set Ngc Graded Pf-702015-p U.s. Marshals Service Anniv Silver $1 Dollar Ngc Pf70 Uc Er Sku342582015 March Of Dimes Special Silver 3 Coin Set Dm5-2 - Free Shipping!2015 March Of Dimes Special Silver Set 3 Coins - Just Released!2006 20th Anniversary Gold & Silver Eagle Set - Blue Label - Ngc Ms70 Set2015 March Of Dimes 3 Coin Limited Edition Silver Set2015 March Of Dimes 3 Silver Proof Coin Set Reverse Proof + W Mint Mark W/t Ogp2015 P & W March Of Dimes Special Silver Set Pcgs Pr69dcam Pr69 First Strike2001 P & D Proof & Unc. Buffalo Silver $1 Dollars W/ Box & Coa **no Reserve**New! 2015 U.s. Mint March Of Dimes Reverse Proof Roosevelt Coin / Ngc Pf 69 Fr2014 Burning Eagle Us Silver Eagle 1oz Silver Coin - 24kt Gold - Pre-sale2015 March Of Dimes Silver Proof 3-coin Commemorative Set Ngc Pf69 Pr 69 #eeLot Of 4 Commemorative Proof Silver Cameo Dollar Coins No Reserver!!2015 W March Of Dimes Special Silver Proof 10c Pcgs Pr70dcam First Strike2009 Proof Lincoln Coin & Chronicles 5 Coin Set In Ogp Sku236552015 P $1.00 March Of Dimes Coin Set Dm5 With Reverse Proof Dime (ready To Ship)2015 March Of Dimes Special Silver Set In Stock !!2011-s Uncirculated American Silver Eagle- 25th Anniversary Set Er Ngc Ms-70 $1!2015 P Ngc Pf69 March Of Dimes Roosevelt Reverse Proof Dime From Set Er Pf 69 2 March Of Dimes 3 Coin Limited Edition Silver Sets, 20152015 March Of Dimes Special Silver 3 Coin Set Dm5-3 - Free Shipping!2015 March Of Dimes Us Mint Coins Lot Of 5 One Dollar Coins2015 W Pcgs Pr69 Dcam Proof $50 Gold American Buffalo First StrikeNew! 2015 W U.s. Mint March Of Dimes Proof Ucam Roosevelt Coin/ Ngc Pf 70 Er2015 March Of Dimes Special Silver Set - In Hand -can Be Shipped Today2015-p U.s. Marshals Service Silver Commemorative Dollar Ms70 Pcgs Mint State FsFirst Strike 2006-w 20th Anniversary $50 Gold Eagle Reverse Proof Pcgs 70 2014-w Uncirculated Gold $5 National Baseball Hall Of Fame Hof Ngc Ms 702001 Silver American Buffalo 2 Coin Commemorative Set Gem Proof And Uncirculated2015 March Of Dimes Special Silver 3 Coin Set Dm5-4 - Free Shipping!2015-p U.s. Marshals Silver Dollar $1 Ngc Pf70 Ultra Cameo (w.p. Label)2003-w $10 First Flight Commem Gold Eagle Ngc Ms 70 Us Vault Collection L/m1996-w James Smithson Smithsonian Ngc Pf 70 Ultra Cameo $5 Commem Gold PrNew! 2015 U.s. Mint March Of Dimes Reverse Proof Roosevelt Coin / Ngc Pf 69 Fr2015 March Of Dimes Special Silver Sets - Five Sets2001 P Pcgs Pr70 Dcam Buffalo Proof - Modern Commemorative Silver Dollar Rare $12014-w Proof Gold $5 National Baseball Hall Of Fame Hof Ngc Pf 70 Ultra CameoGolden Enigma Walking Liberty Black Ruthenium Silver Coin 1$ Dollar Us Mint 20142015 March Of Dimes Silver Coin Set - With Reverse Proof Dime & West Point Dime2015 W March Of Dimes Proof Silver Dollar Ngc Pf70 Uc First Day Of Issue1994-p United States Veterans Commemorative 3 Coin Proof Silver Coin Set - 7b352014-p $1 Baseball Hall Of Fame Dollar Pcgs Ms70 First Strike Tony LarussaUs 2003 National Wildlife Refuge System Centennial Medal "bald Eagle" In Proof(5) Sets 2015 March Of Dimes 3 Coin Set2015-w U.s. Marshals Service Anniversary Gold $5 Dollar Ngc Ms69 Er Sku342622006-s Pcgs $5 San Francisco Old Mint Gold Commemorative, D-cameo Proof, Pr 691983-p Olympic Silver Commemorative Dollar Ms70 Pcgs Mint State 70