Christopher Columbus Quincentenary Gold $5

Commemorative Coin Programs

Background

Released on August 28, 1992, this commemorative coin was released in honor of the 500th Anniversary of the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus.

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Recipient Organization: Christopher Columbus Fellowship Fund

Surcharges from coin sales were to be deposited in the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Fund and be available to the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation. The latter was established to encourage and support research, study, and labor designed to produce new discoveries in all fields of endeavor for the benefit of mankind.

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 of the coin features a side profile of Christopher Columbus.

The reverse of the coin features the crest of the Admiral of the Oceans, an honor that was bestowed upon Columbus, and a map overlapping the western Old World with the date 1492.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS
  • LIBERTY
  • IN GOD WE TRUST
  • 1492
  • 1992

Reverse Inscriptions

  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
  • E PLURIBUS UNUM
  • FIVE DOLLARS
  • 1492

Mint and Mint Mark

Artist Information

Obverse
  • Designer: T. James Ferrell
Reverse
  • Designer: Thomas D. Rogers, Sr.

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Content last reviewed December 12, 2016

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