Congress Bicentennial Gold $5

Commemorative Coin Programs

Background

The United States Congressional coin was first struck on June 14, 1989 at a ceremony outside of the Capitol. It commemorates the Bicentennial of the U.S. Congress.

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Recipient Organization: Capitol Preservation Fund

Some of the surcharges received from coin sales were to be deposited in the Capitol Preservation Fund to be available to the United States Capitol Preservation Commission. The balance of the surcharges received were to be deposited in the general fund of the Treasury for the purpose of reducing the national debt.

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 a rendition of the Capitol Dome.

The reverse of the coin features a portrait of the majestic eagle over looking the canopy in the Old Senate Chamber.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • LIBERTY
  • IN GOD WE TRUST
  • 1789-1989

Reverse Inscriptions

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

Mint and Mint Mark

Artist Information

Obverse
  • Designer: John Mercanti
Reverse
  • Designer: John Mercanti

Related Information

Content last reviewed December 12, 2016

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