Bill of Rights Gold $5

Commemorative Coin Programs

Background

Released on January 22, 1993, this coin was authorized in commemoration of the first ten amendments of the Constitution of the United States, known as the Bill of Rights, and the role that James Madison played in supporting their adoption.

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Recipient Organization: James Madison Memorial Fellowship Trust Fund

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Trust Fund was established in 1986 by the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Act (20 U.S.C. 4501 et seq.). Surcharges from coin sales were to be used by the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Trust Fund to encourage teaching and graduate study of the Constitution of the United States, its roots, its formation, its principles, and its development.

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.

Characteristics

The obverse design of the coin features Madison studying the Bill of Rights, with James Madison inscribed below and thirteen stars edge the right hand border.

The reverse of the coin features a Madison quote accented by an eagle, the torch of freedom and a laurel branch.

 

Obverse Inscriptions

  • LIBERTY
  • JAMES MADISON
  • 1993
  • IN GOD WE TRUST

Reverse Inscriptions

  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
  • BILL OF RIGHTS
  • EQUAL LAWS PROTECTING EQUAL RIGHTS ARE...THE BEST GUARANTEE OF LOYALTY AND LOVE OF COUNTRY."
  • E PLURIBUS UNUM
  • FIVE DOLLARS
 

Mint and Mint Mark

Artist Information

Obverse
  • Designer: Scott R. Blazek
Reverse
  • Designer: Joseph D. Pena

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Content last reviewed December 12, 2016

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