Smithsonian 150th Anniversary Gold $5
Released on August 5, 1996, this commemorative coin honors the 150th Anniversary of the Smithsonian.
Recipient Organization: Smithsonian InstitutionPublic Law 104-96 defined how the surcharges received by the Smithsonian Institution were to be directed:
- 85 percent of the amount transferred shall be available for such purposes as the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution determines to be appropriate.
- 15 percent of the amount transferred shall be dedicated to the support of the operation and activities of the National Numismatic Collection at the National Museum of American History.
Commemorative Coin SurchargesCommemorative 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 CharacteristicsThe obverse design on the coin features a classical bust of James Smithson with the double date, 1846-1996.
The reverse of the coin features a design of the Smithsonian's sunburst logo and the word "Smithsonian". The design elements of the foreground of the coin are raised and frosted, and the sunburst on this version of the coin is incused and highly polished with a frosted background.
- FOR THE INCREASE AND DIFFUSION OF KNOWLEDGE
- JAMES SMITHSON
- IN GOD WE TRUST
- UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
- E PLURIBUS UNUM
- FIVE DOLLARS
Mint and Mint Mark
- Designer: Alfred Maletsky
- Designer: T. James Ferrell