American Prisoners of War Silver Dollar

Commemorative Coin Programs

Background

Released on July 29, 1994, the U.S. Veterans Prisoner of War Silver Dollar was designed by Department of Veterans Affairs employee Tom Nielsen.

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Recipient Organization: Andersonville Prisoner-of-War Museum, Department of the Interior, Department of Veterans Affairs

Surcharges from the sale of this coin funded the Department of the Interior's construction of the Andersonville Prisioner-of-War Museum in Andersonville, GA. Any additional funds were to be split equally between the following:
  1. The Andersonville Prisoner-of-War Museum Endowment Fund to pay for the maintenance of the Andersonville Prisoner-of-War Museimi in Andersonville, GA.
  2. The Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the purposes of maintaining national cemeteries pursuant to chapter 24 of title 38, United States Code.

Commemorative Coin Surcharges

Commemorative coin programs are created by acts of Congress to honor a person, place, or event. Surcharges from the sales of these coins help fund a variety of organizations and projects that benefit the public. Commemorative coins are only available from the United States Mint for a limited time, as specified by public law.

Coin Characteristics

The obverse design features a chained eagle breaking free through a ring of barbed wire.

The reverse features the proposed design for the National Prisoner of War Museum.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • FREEDOM
  • LIBERTY
  • IN GOD WE TRUST
  • 1994

Reverse Inscriptions

  • E PLURIBUS UNUM
  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
  • ONE DOLLAR
  • NATIONAL PRISONER OF WAR MUSEUM

Mint and Mint Mark

Artist Information

Obverse
  • Designer: Tom Nielsen
Reverse
  • Designer: Edgar Z. Steever, IV

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Content last reviewed December 12, 2016

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