1732-1982 George Washington Proof 90% Silver Commemorative Half Dollar w COA


The George Washington 250th Anniversary Commemorative Half Dollar was issued in 1982 to mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of the first President of the United States, George Washington. Here are some key facts about this commemorative coin:

  1. Issuance: The coin was authorized by Public Law 97-104 and was minted in 1982.
  2. Design: The obverse (front) of the coin features a bust of George Washington based on a portrait by Charles Willson Peale. The reverse (back) of the coin features the outline of Washington’s home, Mount Vernon, with a heraldic eagle above.
  3. Denomination: The coin has a face value of 50 cents and is considered legal tender, although it was primarily issued for collectors and not for general circulation.
  4. Mint Marks: San Francisco Mint (S). Mint marks can be found on the reverse side near the bottom.
  5. Metal Composition: The George Washington half dollar is composed of a copper-nickel clad composition, similar to regular circulating half dollars at the time.
  6. Limited Mintage: A total of 7 million coins were authorized to be minted across all three mint facilities. This relatively low mintage makes them somewhat more collectible.
  7. Designers: The obverse was designed by Elizabeth Jones, Chief Engraver of the United States Mint at the time, and the reverse was designed by Edgar Z. Steever IV.
  8. Release Date: The coins were released in 1982 to coincide with the 250th anniversary celebration of George Washington’s birth.

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