Today we will continue the series "The Modern American Commemorative Half Dollars".
The info below comes mostly from: https://moderncommemoratives.com/
"The United States Modern Commemorative Coin program began in 1982. That year, the US Mint released commemorative half dollar coins to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of George Washington. Since that date, commemorative coins have been issued nearly every year to celebrate famous American people, places, events, and institutions.
Each commemorative coin program is authorized under an Act of Congress. The Act typically specifies the subject to be commemorated, the denomination of coins to be issued, and the maximum authorized mintage for each. Additionally, most commemorative coin programs include surcharges added to the cost of each coin, which will be distributed to specified beneficiary organizations or fund projects that benefit the community."
All coins weight 11.34 g with 91.67% copper, 8.33% nickel. They were issued in Brilliant Uncirculated and Proof finish.
They will be presented in the order they were minted, but only one of each design.
The thirteenth is the PR70 DCAM 1996-S "Soccer".
"The 1996 Olympic Soccer Half Dollar was one of four different commemorative half dollar coins issued for the Atlanta XXVI Olympiad Summer Games. The program also included eight different silver dollars and four different $5 gold coins."
PCGS graded 1,378 1996-S "Soccer", with 55 as PR70 DCAM. 112,412 1996-S "Soccer" were minted in San Francisco.
I bought this coin in 2017 for $254.00 and today's price is around $340.00. The issue price was $12.50.
The obverse of the Soccer Half Dollar was designed by Clint Hansen and features two women playing soccer.
The reverse design of the coin is the same as used for the 1996 Swimming Half Dollar. It features an arrangement of the Olympic flame, logo, and number “100”.
It was designed by Malcolm Frey.
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