Capitol Visitor Center Commemorative Gold Five 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

Gold Five Dollar: 100,000

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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 Gold Five Dollar was designed by Elizabeth Jones, who became the U.S. Mint's first female chief sculptor/engraver in 1981, a position she occupied until 1990. She also designed the 1982 George Washington Silver Half Dollar, the 1983 Olympic Silver Dollar, the 1986 Statue of Liberty Gold Five Dollar and the 1988 Olympic Gold Five Dollar obverse. She received the International "Coin of the Year" Award each year from 1984 to 1988 for each of the three commemorative coins she designed at the U.S. Mint.

Design Theme on Reverse


The reverse of the coin shows the Capitol building as it appeared in 1800.

Obverse Inscriptions

• LIBERTY
• IN GOD WE TRUST
• FIRST CONVENING OF CONGRESS IN WASHINGTON
• 1800
• 2001

Reverse Inscriptions

• UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
• FIVE DOLLARS
• E PLURIBUS UNUM

Mint and Mint Mark

Artist Information

  • Elizabeth Jones

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Content last reviewed June 1, 2016

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