Olympics (Seoul) Dollar

Commemorative Coin Programs

Background

This U.S. Olympic coin was unveiled at the Denver Mint on May 2, 1988, by Katherine D. Ortega, Treasurer of the United States, and Donna Pope, Director of the United States Mint. Congress authorized this coin to support the training of American athletes participating in the 1988 Olympic Games.

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Recipient Organization: United States Olympic Committee

The United States Olympic Committee was to use the funds they received from coin sale surcharges to train United States Olympic athletes, to support local or community amateur athletic programs, and to erect training facilities.

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 Lady Liberty's torch and the Olympic torch merging into a single symbolic flame with an olive branch encircling the torches.

The reverse of the coin features the five-ring logo of the U.S. Olympic Committee, framed by a pair of olive branches.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • OLYMPIAD
  • IN GOD WE TRUST
  • 1988
  • LIBERTY

Reverse Inscriptions

  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
  • 1 DOLLAR
  • USA
  • E PLURIBUS UNUM

Mint and Mint Mark

Artist Information

Obverse
  • Designer: Patrica L. Verani
Reverse
  • Designer: Sherl J. Winter

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Content last reviewed December 12, 2016

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