Modern Commemorative Coins: A List Of U.S. Commemorative Coins (1982 – Present) And What They’re Worth

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Commemorative 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 U.S. modern 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 is 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 commemorative coins here.

See a list of older U.S. commemorative coins from 1892 to 1954.

 

What Are Modern Commemorative Coins?

Modern commemorative coins are uncirculated commemorative coins minted from 1982 to present date. They are all listed below — with their current values.

The U.S. Mint’s modern commemorative coin program began in 1982. Commemorative coins celebrate and honor American people, places, events, and institutions. These coins help raise money for important causes as well as commemorating important aspects of American history. Although these coins are legal tender, they are not minted for general circulation. Each commemorative coin is produced by the U.S. Mint in limited quantity and is only available for a limited time.

It’s worth noting that many people consider popular coin programs (like the 50 States Quarters and America the Beautiful Quarters) to be modern commemorative coins — and we include them as such whenever we talk about commemoratives here at The Fun Times Guide to Coins.

However, circulating coin programs are technically not commemorative coins in the proper sense — even though the coins do commemorate certain people, places, and things.

The coins mentioned in this article are, indeed, true U.S. Mint uncirculated commemoratives that are legal tender but not intended for general circulation.

 

List Of Modern Commemorative Coins Value – By Year

The prices listed below are for MS-67 grade coins. Anything graded less will be worth considerably less.

 

2018

Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coins
2018-D Half Dollar – $20
2018-P Silver Dollar – $40
2018-W $5 Pink Gold Coin – $375

World War I Centennial Commemorative Coin
2018-P Silver Dollar – $40

 

2017

Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coins
2017-D Half Dollar – $20
2017-P Silver Dollar – $40
2017-W $5 Gold Coin – $360

Lions Clubs International Centennial Commemorative Coin
2017-P Silver Dollar – $45

 

2016

Mark Twain Commemorative Coins
2016-P Silver Dollar – $40
2016-W $5 Gold Coin – $360

National Park Service 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coins
2016-D Half Dollar – $18
2016-P Silver Dollar – $45
2016-W $5 Gold Coin – $365

 

2015

U.S. Marshals Service 225th Anniversary Commemorative Coins
2015-D Half Dollar – $17
2015-P Silver Dollar – $45
2015-W $5 Gold Coin – $375

March of Dimes Commemorative Coin
2015-P Silver Dollar – $45

 

2014

Civil Rights Act of 1964 Commemorative Coin
2014-P Silver Dollar – $75

National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins
2014-D Half Dollar – $35
2014-P Silver Dollar – $70
2014-W $5 Gold Coin – $825

 

2013

5-Star Generals Commemorative Coins
2013-D Half Dollar – $35
2013-W Silver Dollar – $40
2013-P $5 Gold Coin – $975

Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Commemorative Coin
2013-W Silver Dollar – $40

 

2012

Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coins
2012-P Silver Dollar – $45
2012-W $5 Gold Coin – $475

Infantry Soldier Commemorative Coin
2012-W Silver Dollar – $40

 

2011

Medal of Honor Commemorative Coins
2011-S Silver Dollar – $45
2011-P $5 Gold Coin – $525

United States Army Commemorative Coins
2011-D Half Dollar – $60
2011-S Silver Dollar – $45
2011-P $5 Gold Coin – $400

 

2010

Boy Scouts of America Centennial Commemorative Coin
2010-P Silver Dollar – $27

American Veterans Disabled for Life Commemorative Coin
2010-W Silver Dollar – $30

 

2009

Abraham Lincoln Commemorative Coin
2009-P Silver Dollar – $30

Louis Braille Bicentennial Commemorative Coin
2009-P Silver Dollar – $27

 

2008

Bald Eagle Commemorative Coins
2008-W $5 Gold Coin – $300
2008-P Silver Dollar – $25
2008-S Half Dollar – $12

 

2007

Little Rock Central High School Desegregation Commemorative Coin
2007-P Silver Dollar – $30

Jamestown 400th Anniversary Commemorative Coins
2007-P Silver Dollar – $35
2007-P $5 Gold Coin – $320

 

2006

San Francisco Old Mint Commemorative Coins
2006-S Silver Dollar – $40
2006-S $5 Gold Coin – $320

Benjamin Franklin Commemorative Coins
2006-P “Scientist” Silver Dollar – $30
2006-P “Founding Father” Silver Dollar – $30

 

2005

Chief Justice John Marshall Commemorative Coin
2005-P Silver Dollar – $40

Marine Corps 230th Anniversary Commemorative Coin
2005-P Silver Dollar – $45

 

2004

Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commemorative Coin
2004-P Silver Dollar – $30

Thomas Alva Edison Commemorative Coin
2004-P Silver Dollar – $45

 

2003

First in Flight Centennial Commemorative Coins
2003-P Half Dollar – $12
2003-P Silver Dollar – $40
2003-P $10 Gold Coin – $800

 

2002

West Point Bicentennial Commemorative Coin
2002-W Silver Dollar – $30

Olympic Winter Games Commemorative Coins
2002-D Silver Dollar – $40
2002-W $5 Gold Coin – $315

 

2001

American Buffalo Commemorative Coin
2001-D Silver Dollar – $165

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center Commemorative Coins
2001-P Half Dollar – $16
2001-P Silver Dollar – $35
2001-W $5 Gold Coin – $1,000

 

2000

Leif Ericson Millennium Commemorative Coin
2000-P Silver Dollar – $65

Library of Congress Commemorative Coins
2000-P Silver Dollar – $25
2000-W Gold/Platinum $10 Coin – $1,200

 

1999

Yellowstone National Park Commemorative Coin
1999-P Silver Dollar – $50

George Washington Commemorative Coin
1999-W $5 Gold Coin – $315

Dolley Madison Commemorative Coin
1999-P Silver Dollar – $30

 

1998

Black Revolutionary War Patriots Commemorative Coin
1998-S Silver Dollar – $80

Robert F. Kennedy Commemorative Coin
1998-S Silver Dollar – $35

 

1997

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Commemorative Coins
1997-P Silver Dollar – $115

Jackie Robinson Commemorative Coins
1997-S Silver Dollar – $80
1997-W $5 Gold Coin – $1,450

Franklin D. Roosevelt Commemorative Coin
1997-W $5 Gold Coin – $450

Botanic Garden Commemorative Coin
1997-P Silver Dollar – $25

 

1996

Smithsonian Institution 150th Anniversary Commemorative Coins
1996-D Silver Dollar – $70
1996-W $5 Gold Coin – $350

National Community Service Commemorative Coin
1996-S Silver Dollar – $120

Centennial Olympics Commemorative Coins
1996-S Swimming Half Dollar – $110
1996-S Soccer Half Dollar – $100
1996-D Tennis Silver Dollar – $220
1996-D Paralympics Silver Dollar – $225
1996-D Rowing Silver Dollar – $215
1996-D High Jump Silver Dollar – $225
1996-W Flag Bearer $5 Gold Coin – $500
1996-W Cauldron $5 Gold Coin – $1,025

 

1995

Centennial Olympics Commemorative Coins
1995-S Basketball Half Dollar – $17
1995-S Baseball Half Dollar – $20
1995-D Gymnastics Silver Dollar – $45
1995-D Paralympics Silver Dollar – $30
1995-D Track and Field Silver Dollar – $65
1995-D Cycling Silver Dollar – $125
1995-W Torch Runner $5 Gold Coin – $550
1995-W Stadium $5 Gold Coin – $1,000

Civil War Battlefield Commemorative Coins
1995-S Half Dollar – $35
1995-P Silver Dollar – $60
1995-W $5 Gold Coin – $420

Special Olympics World Games Commemorative Coin
1995-W Silver Dollar – $35

 

1994

U.S. Capitol Bicentennial Commemorative Coin
1994-D Silver Dollar – $35

Women in Military Service for America Commemorative Coin
1994-W Silver Dollar – $30

American Prisoners of War Commemorative Coin
1994-W Silver Dollar – $70

Vietnam War Memorial / Washington DC 10th Anniversary Commemorative Coin
1994-W Silver Dollar – $75

Thomas Jefferson 250th Anniversary Commemorative Coin
1994-P Silver Dollar – $27

World Cup Tournament Commemorative Coins
1994-D Half Dollar – $7
1994-D Silver Dollar – $38
1994-W $5 Gold Coin – $370

 

1993

World War II 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coins
1991-1995 P Half Dollar – $12
1991-1995 D Silver Dollar – $40
1991-1995 W $5 Gold Coin – $375

Bill of Rights Commemorative Coins
1993-W Half Dollar – $17
1993-D Silver Dollar – $35
1993-W $5 Gold Coin – $325

 

1992

Christopher Columbus Quincentenary Commemorative Coins
1992-D Half Dollar – $7
1992-D Silver Dollar – $35
1992-W $5 Gold Coin – $350

White House 200th Anniversary Commemorative Coin
1992-D Silver Dollar – $25

1992 Olympics Commemorative Coins
1992-P Half Dollar – $8
1992-D Silver Dollar – $32
1992-W $5 Gold Coin – $350

 

1991

United Service Organizations (USO) Commemorative Coin
1991-D Silver Dollar – $30

Korean War Memorial Commemorative Coin
1991-D Silver Dollar – $20

Mount Rushmore Golden Anniversary Commemorative Coins
1991-D Half Dollar – $12
1991-P Silver Dollar – $35
1991-W $5 Gold Coin – $350

 

1990

Eisenhower Centennial Commemorative Coin
1990-W Silver Dollar – $30

 

1989

Congress Bicentennial Commemorative Coins
1989-D Half Dollar – $8
1989-D Silver Dollar – $25
1989-W $5 Gold Coin – $350

 

1988

Seoul Olympics Commemorative Coins
1988-D Silver Dollar – $20
1988-W $5 Gold Coin – $350

 

1987

Constitution Bicentennial Commemorative Coins
1987-P Silver Dollar – $20
1987-W $5 Gold Coin – $350

 

1986

Statue of Liberty Commemorative Coins
1986-D Half Dollar – $4
1986-P Silver Dollar – $20
1986-W $5 Gold Coin – $350

 

1984

Los Angeles Olympics Commemorative Coins
1984-P Coliseum Silver Dollar – $25
1984-D Coliseum Silver Dollar – $27
1984-S Coliseum Silver Dollar – $27
1984-W $10 Gold Coin – $700

 

1983

Los Angeles Olympics Commemorative Coins
1983-P Discus Thrower Silver Dollar – $25
1983-D Discus Thrower Silver Dollar – $25
1983-S Discus Thrower Silver Dollar – $25

 

1982

George Washington 250th Anniversary Commemorative Coin
1982-D Half Dollar – $9

 

Modern commemorative coins are only available directly from the United States Mint for a limited time.

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75 thoughts on “Modern Commemorative Coins: A List Of U.S. Commemorative Coins (1982 – Present) And What They’re Worth”

    • 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…

      Reply
  1. 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.

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  2. 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

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    • 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!

      Reply
  3. 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.

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    • 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.

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  4. 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?

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    • 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: https://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!

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  5. 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

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  6. 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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  7. 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

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  8. 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

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    • 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.

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  9. I have a 1984 Presidents Commemorative 24-k Goldpiece with a ‘certificate of authenticity’.  Can you provide any information as to its value?  The “authenticity” is from The American Minting Authority.

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  10. I am trying to find the value of an AMAX GOLD INC Limited Edition Gold Medallion Commemorative coin from 1987,  If someone could tell me who to contact to find this out it would be great. It’s in original case. The inscription reads: Sleeper Mine: Slumbering Hills : Awakening Mining District.  Thank you,
    Barbara Gates
    catwispr536@q.com

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  11. 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.

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  12. 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.

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

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  14. 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 ?

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  15. 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

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  16. 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

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    • Hi, Dano –

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

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  17. 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.

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    • 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.

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  18. 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.

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

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  19. 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?

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    • 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.

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  20. 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

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  21. I found this Thomas Jefferson silver token with the White house on the rear of coin and facing left with asian style letering next to his chin and has 1801-1809 wondering what they are worth? I did find one in worse condition for 10k so I figured I’d check it out Thanks

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    • Hi, John —

      This is a neat commemorative medal! It appears to be made from bronze, and the writing on the pamphlet in the second image seems to confirm that. If this is a bronze coin, it would likely fall into the value range of similar political tokens that sell for $5 to $10. A gold medal would be worth roughly its bullion value, though nothing in the paperwork in the photo seems to say how large the gold coins are, aside from their 14-karat gold composition.

      I hope this provides you with some bit of insight as to value.

      Best,
      Josh

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  22. I have a National Prisoner of War Museum 1994 one dollar coin, a First Man on the Moon/Marshall Islands five dollar coin, and an American Mint Our Heroes Our Flags commerative coin, can you help me with their value??
    Thanks

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    • Hello, Dav —

      The 1994 National Prisoner of War silver dollar is a U.S. Mint commemorative coin that is worth $70 if its uncirculated (matte finish) or $40 if it’s a proof collector coin (shiny, mirror-like surface). I’m not sure if you have a 1989 or 1994 First Man on the Moon Marshall Islands , but either one is worth $3 to $8 depending on its condition. The American Mint Our Heroes Our Flags piece is a silver round that has value as a novelty round but not a numismatic piece (it’s not monetized legal tender from the U.S. Mint). It’s worth little more than its silver value, which is presently about $20 an ounce.

      Best,
      Josh

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  23. Hi Guys,

    I have a the following Postal Commemorative Society collections. Please let me know what their values are:

    1. The Complete John F. Kennedy Uncirculated U.S. Half-Dollar Collection dates are from September 12, 1953 – February 22, 1932. 50 half dollars.

    2. The U.S. Silver Dollar Collection
    1878-1927 I believe there are 37 or 38 coins along with a stamp for each.

    Thanks

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    • Hi, Atron —

      I’ll need several more details please to help you with this, including the dates of each coin in each of those collections. Without that, I really can’t help.

      Thank you so much for any extra info you can provide!

      Best,
      Josh

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  24. We got a 36th presidential bronze token was wondering if it was worth anything or if there is anyway to find out anything on it? Thanks

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    • Hi, Sarah —

      There was a series of presidential token released in the late 1970s or early 1980s that may explain this piece’s existence, or it could be a different piece altogether. Would you please post a photo of your medal here so I can further assist?

      Thank you!
      Josh

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  25. I have a 2007 George Washington coin .999 pure silver with no face value stamped on it. The coin is the same size of a dime and on the back it has a torch center and a leaf to the left of the torch and to the right of the torch .999 pure silver over a leaf or branch. I can’t find any info on it, could you help shine some light on this coin.

    Thanks
    Gary

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    • Hi, Gary —

      Without seeing a photo of your piece it’s hard to say for certain its origin, but it certainly sounds like a mini silver round. These are generally worth bullion value. At this point, a 1/10-ounce silver round would have a bullion value of about $1.80. Please feel free to upload a photo of your piece so I can further assist.

      Best,
      Josh

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