Olympic coins honor sports and places and people related to the Olympics. Olympic coins are usually minted in half dollar to 10 dollar pieces.
Commemorative coins honor American people, places, events, and institutions. As defined by the U.S. Mint, commemorative coins are legal tender (however they are not minted for general circulation), they're produced in limited quantities, and they're available for only a limited amount of time. Since most people think of any coin that honors a person, place, or thing as a commemorative coin, we also include coins minted for circulation in this category. Some examples are the 50 States Quarters (1999-2008), Lincoln Bicentennial Pennies (2009), and America The Beautiful Quarters (2010-2021). Here, coin experts share everything you need to know about collecting U.S. commemorative coins.
Many American coins honor American landmarks. The landmarks range from the Lincoln Memorial to Mount Rushmore. All of these coins are available and affordable.
Commemorative military coins honor our nation’s bravest heroes. These U.S. coins honor military personnel and military events. Here are U.S. Military coin values.
Demand is high, supply is low, and prices are currently on the rise for the sought-after Abraham Lincoln silver dollar. In fact, the demand for the new dollar coin was so high, the U.S. Mint sold out within weeks!
The 2009 James K. Polk dollar coin was the 3rd Presidential $1 Coin released in 2009 and the 11th of the entire Presidential $1 Coin series which began in 2007.
Have you found an American Samoa quarter in your pocket change yet? ‘D’ (Denver-minted) coins were released into circulation in the western half of the nation while ‘P’ (Philadelphia-minted) quarters were released for circulation in the eastern half of the U.S. in 2009.
The Guam quarter honors the North Pacific Ocean island which became a U.S. territory in 1950. Here are some little-known facts and values for the Guam quarter.
The U.S. Mint produced the 2009 Lincoln penny with 4 new designs on the reverse side of the coin. These Bicentennial Lincoln pennies honor the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. Here is the history and facts about the third one released — 2009 Lincoln professional years penny.
On August 6, 2009, the U.S. Mint released the 3rd installment of the 2009 First Spouse Gold Coins program. This $10 gold coin honors Julia Tyler who was the second wife of President John Tyler. Proof versions of First Spouse gold coins are selling for $629 each; uncirculated First Spouse gold coins sell for $616.
The U.S. Mint has long been issuing coins that commemorate Native Americans. From the Indian Head penny to the Buffalo nickel, the Sacagawea dollar and the Jamestown silver dollar — there are numerous coins featuring American Indians.
The First Spouse coin series, which began in 2007, produces a new coin to commemorate the women of the White House in concurrence with the presidents on the dollar.
The District of Columbia quarter, released in January 2009, is easy to collect from circulating coins.
Commemorative coins have been minted since 1892. The U.S. Mint has produced circulating commemorative coins and non-circulating commemorative coins in order to commemorate people, places, landmarks, events and other special occurrences in U.S. history. Commemorative coins come in denominations of quarters, half-dollars, dollars, and gold coins.
The John Tyler Presidential dollar coin was the 2nd presidential dollar coin released in 2009 and the 10th in the series. On this dollar coin, ‘In God We Trust’ is imprinted on the obverse side of the coin, rather than on the edge of the coin. See how much John Tyler dollar coins are worth.
The new Louis Braille Silver Dollar honors the inventor of the Braille reading system for the blind. The surcharges from this coin will go to the National Federation of the Blind.
The U.S. Mint produced the 2009 Lincoln penny with 4 new designs on the reverse side of the coin. These Bicentennial Lincoln pennies honor the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth. See history and facts about the first one released — the 2009 Lincoln log cabin penny, honoring Lincoln’s birth and early childhood in Kentucky from the years 1809 to 1816.
The Puerto Rico quarter is the 2nd quarter issued in the Washington D.C. and Territories coins. It was released on March 30, 2009. Puerto Rico quarters sell for between 50 cents and $1 from most coin dealers. The quarters are also available at face value from banks.
See what Illinois state quarters are worth today, plus a little about colorized quarters and coins with President Obama’s likeness on them.
While the New York quarter is a beautiful coin, uncirculated quarters bring less than a dollar. Proof versions of New York quarters run the gamut between $10 to $25 depending on the metal in the coin.
Although the 50 state quarters program ended in 2008, the United States was not done honoring the geographical regions of our nation. In 2009, the U.S. Mint issued 6 more commemorative quarters as part of the DC and U.S. Territories quarters program. See what each of the Territory quarters looks like, and the current value of each U.S. Territory quarter.
One of the changes to the William Henry Harrison Presidential dollar coin is the fact that the motto ‘In God We Trust’ — which had been placed on the edge of the coin — was moved to the front of the coin, below the president’s portrait. See other little-known facts and how much William Henry Harrison dollar coins are worth.
Many U.S. coins feature or honor sports themes and athletes. From baseball to the Olympics, sports themes have been featured on many United States coins. Following are some of the most popular sports coins.
The U.S. Mint releases the first Native American dollar coin in the series on January 2, 2009. The Native American dollar coin is a regularly circulating dollar coin that is drawing some attention among commemorative coin collectors.
The Martin Van Buren dollar coin was the last in the Presidential Dollar series with the phrase “In God We Trust” located on the edge. In 2009, “In God We Trust” was moved to the obverse (front, or heads side) of the coin. Here are other little known facts and how much Van Buren dollars are worth.
See how much Hawaii state quarters are worth, plus other fun facts about the last quarter to be produced in the 50 State Quarters program.