Capitol Visitor Center Commemorative Clad Half Dollar Coin

Commemorative Coins

Background

Availability For Purchase

The Capitol Visitor Center coins were available from the U.S. Mint between February 28, 2001, and March 1, 2002.

Authorized Mintage Limits

750,000

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Recipient Organization: The Capitol Visitor Center

A portion of the proceeds from each coin--$35 from the Gold Five Dollar coin, $10 from the Silver Dollar coin, and $3 from the Clad Half Dollar--will go to benefit the construction of a visitor center under the U.S. Capitol's East Plaza.

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

Story of the Design


The Clad Half Dollar obverse was designed by Dean McMullen, a semi-retired free-lance graphic designer and formerly a staff artist with an advertising agency. He also designed the 1993 Bill of Rights one dollar and half dollar reverses, the 1994 World Cup Soccer Silver Dollar obverse, as well as the World Cup Soccer Gold Five Dollar, Silver Dollar and Clad Half Dollar reverses.

The Clad Half Dollar reverse is a composite of designs by Alex Shagin and Marcel Jovine.

Born in Russia, Mr. Shagin designed commemorative coins and medals for the Leningrad Mint in the 1970s, including Peter the Great 300, Michelangelo 500, Apollo Soyuz, and the Moscow Olympics.

Marcel Jovine designed the official medal for the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, NY; the 125th Anniversary Medal for the American Numismatic Society; and, for the U.S. Mint, the Mount Rushmore Clad Half Dollar obverse and the Bicentennial of the Constitution Gold Five Dollar obverse and reverse.

Design Theme on Reverse


The reverse features 16 stars-representing the 16 states that existed in 1800 - around the center, with inscriptions recognizing the 32 Senators and 106 House members of the 6th Congress.

Obverse Inscriptions

• LIBERTY
• IN GOD WE TRUST
• U.S. CAPITOL
• 1800
• 2001

Reverse Inscriptions

• UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
• HALF DOLLAR
• E PLURIBUS UNUM
• 1800
• 6TH CONGRESS
• SENATE
• 32 SENATORS
• HOUSE
• 106 MEMBERS

Mint and Mint Mark

Artist Information

Obverse
  • Dean McMullen
Reverse
  • Alex Shagin and Marcel Jovine

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Content last reviewed June 1, 2016

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