The United States Mint produced The Library of Congress Commemorative Coin Program to honor the Library of Congress Bicentennial.
Both the bimetallic and silver commemorative coins are a spectacular first for the new century and the millennium - the first commemorative coins honoring a library, and the ten-dollar coin is the first gold and platinum bimetallic coin struck by the United States Mint.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each coin was authorized to be donated to the Library of Congress Trust Fund Board to help support educational programs, and other activities of the Library of Congress.
These coins were designed by two sculptors/engravers of the
The obverse of the silver dollar depicts an open book superimposed over the torch of the Library of Congress dome - the reverse is an architectural rendering of the dome on the Jefferson Building.
The bimetallic coin design was inspired by the graceful architecture of the Library's Jefferson Building. The outer ring is stamped from a sheet of gold, then a solid core of platinum is placed within the ring. Then, the gold ring and platinum core are simultaneously stamped forming an annular bead where the two precious metals meet. The obverse depicts the hand of Minerva, the Goddess of Wisdom, raising the torch of learning aside the dome of the Thomas Jefferson Building. The coin's reverse is marked with the Library of Congress seal encircled by a laurel wreath, symbolizing its national accomplishment.
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