Centennial Olympics (Paralympics) Silver Dollar

Commemorative Coin Programs

Background

The U.S. Olympic Paralympic Silver Dollar was released in 1996 to support the 1996 Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games and the programs of the United States Olympic Committee. A part of a larger program of commemorative coins for the XXVI Olympiad, it specifically honors the Paralympics and Paralympic athletes.

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Recipient Organization: Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, Inc. and the United States Olympic Committee

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 features a paralympic athlete in a wheelchair competing in a track and field event. It also includes the word "spirit" in Braille.

The reverse of features the mark of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games which is positioned to the left of the design, a torch and flame, and the words Atlanta 1996.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • SPIRIT (in Braille)
  • TRIUMPH OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT
  • PARALYMPICS
  • IN GOD WE TRUST
  • LIBERTY
  • 1996

Reverse Inscriptions

  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
  • ONE DOLLAR
  • CENTENNIAL OLYMPIC GAMES
  • E PLURIBUS UNUM

Mint and Mint Mark

Artist Information

Obverse
  • Designer: Jim Sharpe
Reverse
  • Designer: Thomas D. Rogers, Sr.

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Content last reviewed December 12, 2016

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