Statue of Liberty Half Dollar

Commemorative Coin Programs

Background

This coin was first struck on October 18, 1985 with production continuing through 1986. The Statue of Liberty Half Dollar coin was authorized in commemoration of the centennial of the Statue of Liberty.

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Recipient Organization: Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.

As specified in Public Law 99-61, the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. was to use the funds collected from coin sale surcharges to restore and renovate the Statue of Liberty and the facilities used for immigration at Ellis Island and to establish an endowment that would ensure the continued upkeep and maintenance of these monuments.

Coin Characteristics

The obverse design of the coin features a side view of Liberty and back view of an immigrant ship steaming into New York harbor.

The reverse features a design of an immigrant family with their belongings on the threshold of America.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • LIBERTY
  • IN GOD WE TRUST
  • 1986

Reverse Inscriptions

  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
  • A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS
  • E PLURIBUS UNUM
  • HALF DOLLAR

Mint and Mint Mark

Artist Information

Obverse
  • Designer: Edgar Z. Steever
Reverse
  • Designer: Sheryl J. Winter

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Content last reviewed December 12, 2016

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