Modern Commemorative Coins… See What They’re Worth

fdr-commemorative-coin.jpgCommemorative coins have been around since the days of the Greeks and Romans. In the beginning, they were used to record and honor important events. And, in the absence of newspapers, they proved useful in passing along important news of the day.

Many modern nations have issued commemorative coins which are highly sought after by collectors. But no nation has surpassed the United States when it comes to commemorative coins.

People who collect commemoratives are usually geared more toward the historical side of coin collecting. It is the historical features of the commemoratives that create interest among many people who would otherwise have little interest in coins.

Here’s more about commemorative coins…

What Are Commemorative Coins?
These special coins are usually issued either to commemorate events or to help pay for monuments and celebrations that commemorate historical persons, places, or things.

A commemorative coin is offered in most instances by a commission in charge of the event to be commemorated and it’s sold at a price higher than the face value of the coin.

There have been many many commemoratives made over the years — too many to list in one article. So I’m going to list what are known as the "modern" commemoratives here.

Modern Commemorative Coins
Modern commemoratives are commemorative coins minted from 1982 to present date. The prices below are for MS-67 grade coins. Anything graded less will be worth considerably less.

2007
Jamestown 400th Anniversary Commemorative
2007 P Silver Dollar – $40.00
2007 P Gold $5 Coin – $320.00

2006
San Francisco Old Mint Commemorative
2006 S Silver Dollar – $40.00
2006 S Gold $5 Coin – $325.00

Benjamin Franklin Commemorative
2006 P "Scientist" Silver Dollar – $67.00
2006 P "Founding Father" Silver Dollar – $61.00

2005
Marine Corps 230th Anniversary Commemorative
2005 P Silver Dollar – $45.00

Chief Justice John Marshall Commemorative
2005 P Silver Dollar – $40.00

2004
Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commemorative
2004 P Silver Dollar – $42.00

Thomas Alva Edison Commemorative
2004 P Silver Dollar – $45.00

2003
First Flight Centennial Commemorative
2003 P Half Dollar – $18.00
2003 P Silver Dollar – $40.00
2003 P Gold $10 Coin – $775.00

2002
West Point Bicentennial Commemorative
2002 W Silver Dollar – $30.00

Salt Lake City Olympic Games Commemorative
2002 D Silver Dollar – $42.00
2002 W Gold $5 Coin – $410.00

2001
Capitol Visitor Center Commemorative
2001 P Half Dollar – $16.00
2001 P Silver Dollar – $45.00
2001 W Gold $5 Coin – $1,250.00

American Buffalo Commemorative
2001 D Silver Dollar – $285.00

2000
Leif Ericson Millennium Commemorative
2000 P Silver Dollar – $95.00

Library of Congress Bicentennial Commemorative
2000 P Silver Dollar – $47.00
2000 W Gold/Platinum $10 Coin – $3,500.00

1999
Yellowstone National Park Commemorative
1999 P Silver Dollar – $56.00

George Washington Death Bicentennial Commemorative
1999 W Gold $5 Coin – $335.00

Dolly Madison Commemorative
1999 P Silver Dollar – $55.00

1998
Black Revolutionary War Patriots Commemorative
1998 S Silver Dollar – $160.00

Robert F. Kennedy Commemorative
1998 S Silver Dollar – $35.00

1997
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Commemorative
1997 P Silver Dollar – $190.00

Franklin D. Roosevelt Commemorative
1997 W Gold $5 Coin – $950.00

Jackie Robinson Commemorative
1997 S Silver Dollar – $100.00
1997 W Gold $5 Coin – $3,200.00

Botanic Garden Commemorative
1997 P Silver Dollar – $50.00

1996
Smithsonian Institution 150th Anniversary Commemorative
1996 D Silver Dollar – $155.00
1996 W Gold $5 Coin – $900.00

National Community Service Commemorative
1996 S Silver Dollar – $275.00

1995
Special Olympics Games Commemorative
1995 W Silver Dollar – $32.00

Centennial Olympic Games Commemorative
1995 S Basketball Half Dollar – $24.00
1995 S Baseball Half Dollar – $26.00
1995 S Swimming Half Dollar – $175.00
1995 S Soccer Half Dollar – $110.00
1995 D Gymnastics Silver Dollar – $90.00
1995 D Paralympics Silver Dollar – $100.00
1995 D Track and Field Silver Dollar – $100.00
1995 D Cycling Silver Dollar – $165.00
1996 D Tennis Silver Dollar – $325.00
1996 D Paralympics Silver Dollar – $400.00
1996 D Rowing Silver Dollar – $375.00
1996 D High Jump Silver Dollar – $480.00
1995 W Torch Runner Gold $5 Coin – $750.00
1995 W Stadium Gold $5 Coin – $1,600.00
1996 W Flag Bearer Gold $5 Coin – $1,650.00
1996 W Cauldron Gold $5 Coin – $1,600.00

Civil War Battlefields Commemorative
1995 S Half Dollar – $50.00
1995 P Silver Dollar – $85.00
1995 W Gold $5 Coin – $660.00

1994
U.S. Capitol Bicentennial Commemorative
1994 D Silver Dollar – $24.00

Women in Military Services Memorial Commemorative
1994 W Silver Dollar – $50.00

U.S. Prisoner of War Memorial Commemorative
1994 W Silver Dollar – $100.00

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commemorative
1994 W Silver Dollar – $92.00

World Cup Tournament Commemorative
1994 D Half Dollar – $13.00
1994 D Silver Dollar – $28.00
1994 W Gold $5 Coin – $335.00

1993
Thomas Jefferson Commemorative
1993 & 94 P Silver Dollar – $27.00

Bill of Rights Commemorative
1993 W Half Dollar – $22.00
1993 D Silver Dollar – $21.00
1993 W Gold $5 Coin – $315.00

1992
Christopher Columbus Quincentenary Commemorative
1992 D Half Dollar – $13.00
1992 D Silver Dollar – $32.00
1992 W Gold $5 Coin – $325.00

White House 200th Anniversary Commemorative
1992 D Silver Dollar – $36.00

XXV Olympiad Commemorative
1992 P Half Dollar – $8.50
1992 D Silver Dollar – $25.00
1992 W Gold $5 Coin – $325.00

1991
50th Anniversary of World War II Commemorative (All coins date 1991-1995)
P Half Dollar – $35.00
D Silver Dollar – $34.00
W Gold $5 Coin – $340.00

United Service Organizations Commemorative
1991 D Silver Dollar – $17.00

Korean War Memorial Commemorative
1991 D Silver Dollar – $16.50

Mount Rushmore Golden Anniversary Commemorative
1991 D Half Dollar – $22.00
1991 P Silver Dollar – $36.00
1991 W Gold $5 Coin – $300.00

1990
Eisenhower Centennial Commemorative
1990 W Silver Dollar – $20.00

1989
Congress Bicentennial Commemorative
1989 D Half Dollar – $8.50
1989 D Silver Dollar – $18.00
1989 W Gold $5 Coin – $310.00

1988
Seoul Olympiad Commemorative
1988 D Silver Dollar – $14.00
1988 W Gold $5 Coin – $305.00

1987
Constitution Bicentennial Commemorative
1987 P Silver Dollar – $14.00
1987 W Gold $5 Coin – $340.00

1986

Statue of Liberty Commemorative
1986 D Half Dollar – $6.75
1986 P Silver Dollar – $13.00
1986 W Gold $5 Coin – $295.00

1983 – 1984
Los Angeles Olympiad Commemorative
1983 P Discus Thrower Silver Dollar – $12.00
1983 D Discus Thrower Silver Dollar – $12.00
1983 S Discus Thrower Silver Dollar – $12.00
1984 P Coliseum Silver Dollar – $14.00
1984 D Coliseum Silver Dollar – $18.00
1984 S Coliseum Silver Dollar – $18.00
1984 P Gold $10 Coin – $640.00
1984 D Gold $10 Coin – $590.00
1984 S Gold $10 Coin – $650.00
1984 W Gold $10 Coin – $630.00

1982
George Washington Commemorative
1982 D Half Dollar – $7.00

Read about commemorative coins authorized by Congress which celebrate and honor American people, places, historic events, and institutions. Commemorative coins are only available directly from the United States Mint for a limited time.

Jay

I have been collecting and trading coins for years. Coin collecting is a hobby for me, and I've done a lot of research about coins through the years.

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  • Joanne

    Just wondering … what would be the value of a “Heroes of D-Day 50th Anniversary $5 Commemorative Coin issued in 1994?

    Thanks!

    • Anonymous

      Hi Joanne,

      I thought at first you were asking about the U.S. Mint WWII 50th Anniversary $5 gold coins minted with a 1991-1995 dual date (worth around $300 more or less in both proof and uncirculated), but it sounds like you’re referring to what may be either a foreign coin or perhaps a privately minted coin. In 1994, the only $5 U.S. Mint commemorative coin honored that year’s World Cup Soccer game.

      Is there any more information about the coin, in terms of the design, what other inscriptions might be on it, etc.? I hope to be able to help you further…

  • john chiesa

    have a comemorative silver half dollar of the bay bridge san francisco oakland bay bridge 1936 brand new perfect condition. asking 200 dollars or best offer.

  • Anonymous

    Jerry, I have the same question. I’m trying to find the original cost of a proof coin minted in 1982. Did you ever get an answer to your question?

    Connie Parsons

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Connie

      The original issue price of a 1982 proof set was $11.00. Ironically enough, many proof sets minted since 1968 are worth far less today (especially when adjusted for inflation) than they cost to buy straight from the U.S. Mint when the coins were first made!

  • Anonymous

    I have a 1970 United Nations World Youth Assembly Commemorative coin. Does it have any value?

  • lacy

    Gold Coin, about the size of a half dollar, with the inscription:
    Commonwealth of Kentucky/ Derby 2002/ Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels

    I’m not sure if its worth anything, but thought I’d give it a shot–any help appreciated.

    • Anonymous

      Hi Lacy,

      I can tell you what you have is not a legal tender U.S. coin. There have been many Kentucky Derby souvenir tokens made by private companies. Many of these tokens are bronze, though some could be gold. As for value, I can’t seem to find any information on your specific piece. I can’t even find one on eBay at this time…

      A gold token would be worth at least bullion value. A bronze piece may have a value of only $1 or $2, unless it is deemed uncommon in the exonumia market.

  • jay

    i have several delaware memorial bridge twin span dedication september 12, 1968 commemorative coins issued by the delaware river and bay authority. do you know the value?

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for your question, Jay.I did find what I believe to be your medal selling on eBay for $7.50 as a “buy it now” offer. Check out the token here to see if it’s yours: http://cgi.ebay.com/Medal-1968-Delaware-Memoria…This would suggest the value to be around $5 to $10. However, I would bet you may find slightly higher offers if sold to those living in the areas of Wilmington and New Castle, DE and in south New Jersey. Your tokens represent quite a bit of local and important history there. *’Del Mem’ Bridge Fun Fact:I actually know a bit about the area and the bridge and can say incidentally that the bridge opened in 1951 as a single span but was so popular that the Del Mem (as locals call it) quickly became clogged with traffic, warranting the opening of the second twin span in 1968, which your medal commemorates!

  • Jeremygolden79

    I have a dedication coin/medallion of the dedication of the uss yorktown cv10 1943-1975 on one side and patriots point charleston sc on the other. i cant seem to find anything on the coin.Any help would be awesome.

    thanks jeremy

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Jeremy —

      I had a difficult time finding much on the coin, too. I did however come across a couple eBay auctions for the coin. One has a buy it now offer marked down from $30 to $20, so apparently the market for the coin doesn’t suggest particularly high values. Here’s a link to that auction: http://cgi.ebay.com/USS-YORKTOWN-CV-10-TOKEN-CHARLESTON-OLD-COOPER-BRIDGES-/270215368891?pt=Coins_US_Individual

      Without other info to back up what the claims are on the auction page, I can’t help much, but the person listing the auction states the bridge on the coin has since been demolished…

    • B_genal_c

      did you ever find anything out about the  uss yorktown cv10 1943-1975 coin. i just found one and cant find anyting at all. if you have any info can you send it to me at b_genal_c@yahoo.com

  • Jdnorton3716

    llooking for info.about jf k commemorative cion issued at china lake,calif. 1962

  • Kuikn

    i have a coin with thomas jefferson 1801 3rd pres. of the us 1809. on the back side it says,”thomas jefferson born apr. 13 1743 a great intellectual author of the declaration of independence; defender of religious freedom founder of u. of va. died july 4, 1826. is this a coin that’s worth anything? it looks to be made out of gold.

    • Anonymous

      Kuikn,

      Your piece sounds like it belongs to a series of bronze medals I’ve seen commemorating other presidents. Such medals are typically worth around $5 to $10.

  • Rawartz

    1998 Black Revolutionary War Patriots Commemorative Proof Silver Dollar with COA why is this rare?

    • Joshua

      About 75,000 Black Revolutionary Way Patriots silver dollars were officially made, which sounds like a lot but, in the context or modern commemorative coinage, is actually a relatively small amount of coins. Therefore, the equation of supply versus demand pushes up the price of that coin.

    • Joshua

      About 75,000 Black Revolutionary Way Patriots silver dollars were officially made, which sounds like a lot but, in the context or modern commemorative coinage, is actually a relatively small amount of coins. Therefore, the equation of supply versus demand pushes up the price of that coin.

  • Rawartz

    1998 Black Revolutionary War Patriots Commemorative Proof Silver Dollar with COA why is this rare?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MLAIUKGSGVVFQPGYCAHRYC7RNA CindyC

    i have a april 18 1972 commemorative coin with picture of senator james buckley on front and says salute to jim buckley on back and also says dinner chairman f. clifton white. not sure what its made of or what would be worth

  • hendo

    i have a coin/medal with george washington on it, both sides are identical, and at the top of it is a small hole to put a string on it i’m guessing. i watched a t.v show that showed the same exact coin/medal sell for 2,200 USD. i was wondering if anyone could give me some info and maybe a price range on it. if you can help e-mail codyh_69@msn.com

  • Kcnkao

    how much is a donald t regan coin worth??????? anybody

    • Anonymous

      Kc,

      If it’s a bronze medal, probably around $3 to $5. A silver or gold piece would have a value right around the current bullion spot price, so the value of your coin would vary based on how much precious metal (if any) it contains.

  • Guest

    How much is the 1982 mint condition DEWLine 25th AnniversaryCommemorative Coin worth?

  • Khollywoodmms

    how much is a to the heroes of d day coin worth the year is 1944 to 1994

  • Sherriedorey

    I can’t seem to find any information on the large bronze dedication medal (made by Medallic Art Co. NY) to Benjamin Franklin on January 17, 1956 for the bridge between Philadelphia, PA and Camden, NJ. Anyone who has any information or a website, please respond.

  • Chrip1951

    I have a Richard Nixon 1972 official republican national committee presidential campaign medal. It is solid brass and was minted by the Franklin Mint. Weight of coin is unknown and was given to limited donors. There is no paper work of authencity however it is in a sealed case and in mint condition.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for your question, Chrip. A recent eBay listing of this medal had it going for around $25.

  • Jar_head_1947

    what’s value of $5.00 washington comm.?

  • Yolierich

    I HAVE APEARL HARBOR50TH ANNIVERSARY20$PROOF COIN,ITS HAS22KT GOLD OVERNICKEL SILVER,FULL CAMEO,COLLECTOR PROOF WHAT IS ITS VALUE, DOES ANYONE KNOW?

  • THERESA SPRAGUE

    I HAVE COINS MY FATHER GAVE ME OF APOLLO 12, YANKEE CLIPPER , APOLLO 14 ,APOLLO 15 ,APOLLO 11,APOLLO13, AND AN AMERICA 1970 FREEDOM  AMERICA  ANY BODY KNOW IF THEY ARE WORTH ANYTHING ?

  • Weebeegone

    I have a Pope Paul VI Oct 4 1964 commemorative coin described as follows, and would like to know value. I was told that since it was specially produced with the plexi glass, that it may have been given to press/media and dignataries: 1″ x 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ plexi glass holds commemorative coin and plate which reads BLESSED BY POPE PAUL VI ON BOARD TWA FLIGHT 6840, NEW YORK TO ROME, FOLLOWING HIS PEACE MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS. OCTOBER 4, 1965. Coin is approx. 1/8″ thick, gold rimmed, and one side reads: AMORIS ALUMNA PAX. Other side: PAULUS VI PONT. MAX. UN. 4 OCT 1965

  • Jess

    1792 Henry Clay Kentucky Commemorative Coin how much will this coin b

  • Charlie

    Hi Jay, I have a Postal Service Benjamin Franklin Bicentennial Commemorative Limited Edision / Fine Pewter coin, issued July 26, 1975 Philadelphia, Pa. The coin is protected. No finger prints on coin. How much is it worth

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Charlie –

      These are currently worth around $50 to $60.

      • Charlie

        Thank you!!!!

  • dano

    i have a 2002 Tennessee quarter that looks like professionaly painted on back or porcelained anyone know about this ????????????

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Dano –

      You have a common type of novelty coin; these painted 50 States Quarters are worth about a dollar or two.

  • pinky17062

    i have a 3 coin siver proof collection with allied invasion of europe written on the coa and it has an american dollar, a french franc and an united kingdom 50pence. i cant find it anywhere. does it have a value. its from the us mint.

  • stevo

    What would a 1971 Indian 10 rupees 80%silver be worth?
    99 company mint with stamp??

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.fitzpatrick.716 Andrew Fitzpatrick

    i have a 50th golden anniversary coin 1908-1958 with “best in motion picture entertainment” Walter Reade theaters does any one know if its just a coin for show or is it worth something

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Andrew –

      You have a commemorative token that likely has a value of a few dollars and would be highly collectible to anyone interested in the colorful history of American movie houses.

  • JOHN

    DOES ANY ONE OUT THERE HAVE AN IDEA WHAT THE 2012 PROOF SILVER EAGLE FROM COIN& CURRENCY SET SIGNED JOHN MERCHANTTI MS 70 WILL BE WORTH WIL IT BECOME RARE SINCE IT IS 2 LOWEST EAGLE NOW.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      There is no way to speculate on this, unfortunately for those who want solid answer on future coin values.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kat.walter.98 Kat Walter

    My Daughter was digging in some old boxes we had in storage and came across 2 Anniversary coins from the US Postal. The first is a 58th Anniversary coin commemorating the “First Regularly Scheduled” Air Mail flight with the dates 1918-1976, and the other one is 113th Anniversary “Free City Delivery” with the dates 1863-1976. They are heavy and look like a bronze medal (not sure of medal type) Are these worth anything and if so how does one sell them?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello, Kat –

      While I cannot find any value on the specific medals you have listed, I have seen similar bronze medals from the same era sell for between $5 and $10 each.

  • Johnette

    We found two commemorative coins of Jack Jouett; both sealed in individual plastic. Both sides have 1781. One side has his picture with his name (top) and A Revolutionary Hero (bottom) and the flip side has him on a horse and it reads Sallie at the top and 40 Miles To Save America at the bottom. I’m thinking there may be no worth to the coins but could not find any information. Are you familiar with this coin?

    Thanks in advance!
    Johnette