Mount Rushmore Golden Anniversary Dollar

Commemorative Coin Programs

Background

Released on February 15, 1991, this commemorative coin honors the 50th Anniversary of Mount Rushmore. The coin was unveiled at a ceremony held in Ford’s Theatre, in South Dakota.

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Recipient Organization: Mount Rushmore National Memorial Society of Black Hills

Fifty percent of the surcharges collected from coin sales were to be distributed to the Mount Rushmore National Memorial Society of Black Hills to assist in their efforts to improve, enlarge, and renovate the Mount Rushmore National memorial. The remaining fifty percent of the proceeds from the coin sale surcharges were to be returned to the Federal Treasury for the purposes 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.

Coin Characteristics

The obverse design on the coin features the mountainside of Mount Rushmore wreathed in laurel.

The reverse features an Eagle Crest over a map of the United States, with a star marking the location of Mount Rushmore.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • LIBERTY
  • 1991
  • IN GOD WE TRUST
  • GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY
  • MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL

Reverse Inscriptions

  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
  • SHRINE OF DEMOCRACY
  • E PLURIBUS UNUM
  • ONE DOLLAR

Mint and Mint Mark

Artist Information

Obverse
  • Designer: Marika Somogyi
Reverse
  • Designer: Frank Gasparro

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Content last reviewed December 12, 2016

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