Mount Rushmore Golden Anniversary Gold $5

Commemorative Coin Programs

Background

Released on February 15, 1991, this commemorative coin honors of the 50th Anniversary of Mount Rushmore. It 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.

Characteristics

The obverse design on the coin features the American Eagle in flight over Mount Rushmore and six stars on the right edge.

The reverse features the inscription, Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • LIBERTY
  • 1991
  • IN GOD WE TRUST

Reverse Inscriptions

  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
  • FIVE DOLLARS
  • E PLURIBUS UNUM
  • MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL

Mint and Mint Mark

Artist Information

Obverse
  • Designer: John Mercanti
Reverse
  • Designer: Robert Lamb

Related Information

Content last reviewed December 12, 2016

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