U.S. Olympic Coin Prices & Current Values

1984-us-olympic-coin-setThe United States has honored certain sports and sporting events on commemorative coins for years.

However, there is one particular sporting event which has been featured on dozens of commemorative coins since 1983: the Olympics.

The Olympics have inspired the U.S. Mint to produce many coins over 30 years.

Olympic coins have been minted to commemorate both domestic Olympiads (those held in the United States) as well as those held abroad.

Following is a list of all popular U.S. Olympic coins and their values…

 

Individual Event Olympic Coins

The U.S. usually commemorates the Olympics with coins featuring individual events.

This is especially the case with the 1995 to 96 Olympic coins which honor the games held in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1996.

During the 2 years the U.S. Mint struck Atlanta Olympic coins, 12 individual events were pictured on separate coins. At that time, the U.S. Mint also sold four $5 gold Olympic coins picturing a torch runner, the main stadium, a flag bearer, and the Olympic cauldron.

These $5 gold Olympic coins sell for $600 to $800 in uncirculated condition and $350 to $500 in proof condition.

The 10 events honored during 1995 and 1996 are:

Also, in 1995 and 1996, the U.S. Mint struck a silver dollar recognizing the Paralympics. The 1995 Paralympics silver dollar sells for $75 to $80 in uncirculated and $50 in proof.

The 1996 uncirculated Paralympics silver dollar is valued at around $300. Proof versions are priced at $80.

 

U.S. Olympics Anniversary Coins

The 1995 to 1996 Olympic coins are notable for the many designs that were struck to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the modern Olympic games. But the first U.S. coins to mark the occasion of the Olympics were produced in 1983 and 1984.

The 1983 Los Angeles silver dollar Olympic coin honors the 23rd Olympics. A discus thrower is pictured on the obverse and an American eagle on the reverse. The 1983 Olympic silver dollar costs around $20 apiece, in both uncirculated and proof.

In 1984, the Olympic Coliseum graced the obverse of that year’s commemorative silver dollar Olympic coin. An American eagle is found on the reverse. The 1984 $10 Olympic coin costs $550 to $600, in either uncirculated or proof.

The 1984 $10 gold coin features 2 Olympic torch runners. The interesting story behind the commemorative Olympic coin is that it was the first gold coin produced in the U.S. since 1933. Furthermore, it became the first U.S. coin to bear a W (West Point, New York) mint mark.

 

Seoul Olympics Commemorative Coins

Though the 1988 summer games were held halfway across around the world in Seoul, South Korea, the U.S. Mint turned out a commemorative silver dollar Olympic coin and $5 gold Olympic coin to honor the event and the United States’ involvement in the games.

The 1988 silver dollar Olympic coin shows the lighting of an Olympic torch. The reverse depicts olive branches surrounding the Olympics’ iconic 5 rings and under USA. The 1988 Olympic silver dollar will set you back around $20 to purchase in either uncirculated or proof.

The 1988 $5 gold Olympic coin depicts Nike (the goddess of Victory), her head dressed with a crown of olive leaves. The reverse of the coin shows the Olympic flame boldly burning. The 1988 Olympic $5 gold coin costs $280 to 350 in uncirculated and proof versions.

 

Barcelona Spain Olympic Coins

The 1992 Olympic games inspired the creation of 3 United States commemorative Olympic coins honoring the event. The 1992 Olympic half dollar features a leaping gymnast.

On the reverse is a flaming Olympic torch near the Olympic motto: “Citius, Altius, Fortius” (Faster, Higher, Stronger). The 1992 Olympic half dollar costs $10 to $15 in both uncirculated and proof.

A baseball player pitching a ball dominates the obverse of the 1992 silver dollar Olympic coin . The reverse is covered with emblems of the United States (stars and stripes) and the Olympics (Olympic rings and olive branches). The 1992 Olympic silver dollar is priced at $20 to $25 in proof and uncirculated.

The 1992 $5 gold Olympic coin has a sprinter on the obverse. The reverse of the Olympic coin bears an American eagle. You can buy a 1992 Olympic $5 gold coin in either proof or uncirculated for $300 to $350.

 

Special Olympics Coin

In 1995, Eunice Kennedy Shriver and the the Special Olympics — which she founded — were honored.

The obverse of the Eunice Shriver Olympic coin pictures a bust of Eunice Shriver.

On the reverse is a rose lying close alongside this Shriver quote, “As we hope for the best in them, hope is reborn in us.”

The Eunice Shriver silver dollar sells for $25 to $30 in both uncirculated and proof.

 

Winter Olympics Coins

The Summer Olympic games have drawn the most attention from the U.S. Mint. However, the 2002 Winter Olympics (which were held in Salt Lake City, Utah), were the feature of 2 Olympic coins, a silver dollar and $5 gold coin.

The silver dollar bears an image of the mountainous backdrop framing the skyline of Salt Lake City. The 2002 Olympic silver dollar is priced at around $30 in proof and $40 in uncirculated.

The $5 gold coin shows a flaming Olympic torch. The 2002 Olympic $5 gold coin sells for $400 in uncirculated grades and $300 in proof.

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  • hiter

    Looking for the price of a 1996 us olympic coin of the Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games, I have one in the box with certificate of Authenticity. Could you give me the price. It is a half dollar proof.

    • Anonymous

      Hiter,

      The value of your coin depends on the type of proof Olympic half dollar you have. These are quotes from the 2010 Guide Book of United States Coins:

      The 1996 Swimming Event Proof Half Dollar is valued at $40.
      The 1996 Soccer Event Proof Half Dollar has a price of $110.

  • david bellamy

    looking for the worth of 1983 olympic silver dollar. 1984 olympic silver dollar &200th anniversary whitehouse silver dollar all are sealed in plastic & in boxes

    • Anonymous

      Hi, David —

      Thanks for your question. Each is worth approximately $18 to $20 in either proof or uncirculated version, so you’re looking at about $50 to $60 for all three. Though, if you were to sell, you may get a different offer based on the individual condition of each of the coins.

      The prices above are for coins averaging around Mint State 67, which is typical for collector coins straight from the mint.

  • Dcswow

    I have a 20 coin set from 1988 olympice seoul 16 silver 4 gold what is the value if any more than just for the weight of silver & gold

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Dcs —

      Are these United States coins? While the U.S. did produce Seoul Olympic Games commemorative coins in 1988, there are only 4 possible different Olympic coins that the U.S. produced that years:

      *Uncirculated silver dollar
      *Proof silver dollar
      *Uncirculated $5 gold coin
      *Proof $5 gold coin

      Do you have 5 such sets? The reason I’m asking is unless you have the U.S. coins, I don’t know what nation’s coins you’re talking about, and I won’t be able to give you a really thorough answer without knowing exactly what coins we’re dealing with here.

      Here’s what I can tell you on the assumption you have Seoul Olympic coins from the U.S.:

      The present value of gold is around $1,375 per ounce and $24 per ounce for silver, so…

      Each 1988 Seoul Olympic silver dollar (U.S.) is worth around $16 to $18
      Each 1988 Seoul Olympic $5 gold coin (U.S.) is worth about $280 to $300

      Hope this helps…

  • Liz

    I have the following coins, can you tell me what I am missing to complete the set? These coins were done for the 1976 Olympics I believe? I have 1 coin of each one.
    $5.00 and $10.00 in coin value

    1974 (Montreal 1976 Olympics) $5.00
    Olympic Ring
    Athlete with Torch
    Rowing
    Canoeing

    1975 (Montreal 1976 Olympics) $5.00
    Marathon
    Ladies Javelin
    Swimmer
    Diver

    1976 (Montreal 1976 Olympics) $5.00
    Fencing
    Boxing
    Olympic Village
    Olympic Flame

    $10 SILVER COINS
    1974 (Montreal 1976 Olympics) $10.00
    Lacrosse
    Cycling
    Temple of Zeus
    Head of Zeus

    1975 (Montreal 1976 Olympics $10.00
    Men’s Hurdles
    Ladies Shotput
    Sailing
    Paddler

    1976 (Montreal 1976 Olympics) $10.00
    Olympic Velodrome
    Olympic Stadium
    Field Hockey
    Football

    • JohnAK

      I have seen the complete set, which you seem to have, Untouched in the plastic containers with the original leatherette box is worth about $1075.

  • Jaykharris

    Gifted a one dollar silver 1995 uncirculated Track & Field Clasped Hands design Denver Mint coin from the centennial olympic games. Encased in a holder with a certificate of authenticity. Would like to know it’s worth and what is the difference between “proof” and “uncirculated”. Thanks

    • Anonymous

      Jay,

      Modern proof coins have mirror-like reflective surfaces and whitish, frosty looking designs and lettering. An uncirculated coin has no wear, but it won’t necessarily be any where nearly as reflective as a proof coin.

      In your case, an uncirculated piece is worth around $80, but a proof is worth $35 to $40.

  • V2d1w2

    I have a silver coin that has two hands exchanging a baton on one side and the other side is five people running with a torch. Along the middle of the coin printed is Los Angles 1984. The coin also seems to list countries that participated in the games. Please help with information of this coin. Thanks.

  • george

    I have a High Jump (dollar) from the olympics at atlant georgia but don’t know what to do with it.

  • george

    Are the coins ever going to be up in value?

  • Catherine

    We have 4 leatherette boxes with 2 x $5.00 and 2 x $10.00 coins in each box.  Each coin is sealed in plastic.  These coins were proof sets made for the Montreal Olympics.  What are they worth today?

    Catherine

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Catherine –

      The $5 coins are worth around $35 today and the $10 each sell for around $70

      Thanks for your question. 

  • Zodieoh2012

    1988 proof silver dollar Olympic coin in original box with certificate of authenticity…value?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Zodie,

      Your 1988 Olympic commemorative silver dollar is presently worth around $30.

  • Naushoe

    I have a 1988 figure skating commemrative silver dollar…what is it worth? I remember paying alot for it….

  • Edgar

    I have several 1972 Munich Olympics coins what are their value? Is there any interested buyers for them?

  • bochup1

    hi, sorry for the strange question. my dad left behind some coins. one of which is a boxed 1984 $10 gold coin with a serial number. From the link given i see its worth around $400? But i am wondering if anyone knows how much it cost back in 1984. Btw, is the info in the link updated? cos i see some in ebay going for much more than $400 and its without box.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Bochup,

      Actually, the 1984 $10 Olympic coin is worth closer to $900, as the prevailing value of gold has increased since the article was written. I recall reading somewhere, but can’t remember where, that the 1984 $10 Olympic commemorative coin originally sold for something like $300 to $350.

      • bochup1

        tyvm =)

  • Brad

    I have a 1972 Olympic coin and I cant seem to find any of the same type on the Internet. There also seems to be a misprint because the symbol for the Olympics on the coin is missing two of its rings. I am extremely interested to know what the coin is worth and I would appreciate a quick response thank you

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Brad –

      If you could would you please post a picture of this coin? You may post it here in the comments section. Thank you!

  • disqus_hLkCvr21sx

    I have a 1984 SCRTD Fare coin with what looks like wrestlers? on the front. Can you tell me its value? Thanks!

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi,

      May we see a picture of your coin? You can post the image right here in the comments section. Thanks!

    • disqus_hLkCvr21sx

      Here are pictures, as requested. Thanks a bunch,

      Jen

      • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

        Hi, Jen –

        These 1984 Olympic game tokens are fairly common and worth around $3 each.

        • disqus_hLkCvr21sx

          Thanks! I appreciate your time and info.
          Jen

  • dusty2ross94@yahoo.com

    I purchased two gold olimpic 1984 W,S $10 cameo coins for $3800 from U.S. Mint. Did I get ripprd off?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Dusty –

      In general, each 1984 $10 Olympic gold coin is currently worth around $800 to $1,000, which is a price largely based on prevailing gold bullion values.

  • kristi genthner

    I have a single gold dime 1984 says liberty on front and on the back United States of America in center has a tourch between 2 different kind of leaves and under that says one dime, has anyone seen something like this or even what its worth?

  • Charles Gaines

    what is a set of proof and uncirculated coins from the atlanta 1992 games worth? my neighbor has a set in fancy wooded box that he will sell me what is it worth?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Charles –

      The typical proof/uncirculated 1992 Olympics set, which includes the gymnast half dollar, baseball dollar, and runner $5 gold in a wooden box is worth around $700 to $800.

      Thanks for your question!