Modern Gold Commemoratives Modern Gold Commemoratives

Modern Gold Commemoratives

The $10 gold coin issued in 1984 to commemorate the 1984 Olympiad held in Los Angeles marked the first U.S. gold commemorative issue in nearly 60 years. In addition, it was the first coin to bear the “W” mintmark for the facility in West Point. Since that time, around 35 more gold commemorative coins have been struck to mark a wide variety of events and anniversaries, nearly all of them being of the $5 denomination. In 2000, a bimetallic $10 coin in gold and platinum was issued for the Bicentennial of the Library of Congress, following a “ring” technique most popular in Europe.

As is the custom with nearly all the modern commemoratives, these coins have been struck with both uncirculated and proof finishes, mintages for the proofs typically being far higher. As nearly all of the issued coins have survived in their original condition, values for most of these today hover around their issue price or their bullion value. Whether this will continue to be the case is unknown of course, but buyers and collectors of these coins are advised to appreciate them for their artistic and historical merit, not for their potential as an investment.

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