1992-W $5 Columbus, DC PR70DC

CERTIFICATION#: 72807681
PCGS#: 9667

Owner's Comments

1992-W Gold Half Eagle PR70DCAM: Columbus { PCGS-3 } (May'2005) Mintage: 79,730 (proof) Great color, great cameo contrast, great design are perfectly combined for this piece honoring the quincentenary of Christopher Columbus' discovery of the New World. This was the coin that started my quest for perfection in this series: simply a beautiful design flawlessly rendered and magnificent in its highly frosted devices and infinitely reflective mirrors.

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: In 1992, the U.S. Mint struck specially designed Half Dollars, Silver Dollars, and $5 gold pieces to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' discovery of the New World.  The obverse of the $5 gold piece features a side profile of Columbus facing left towards an outline of North and South America.  The reverse shows the crest of the Admiral of the Ocean Sea with a nautical chart in the background.  Both Mint State and Proof versions were struck at the West Point Mint and sold to collectors for a premium over the gold value.  Portions of the profits derived from sales of these coins were given to the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation (established under Public Law 102-281).  Sales of the Mint State version were just under 25,000, setting a new low (at the time) for modern gold commemoratives.

Collectors should have no difficulty finding superb quality examples of this type.

Diameter: 21.60 millimeters Designer: T. James Ferrell/Thomas D. Rogers Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 79,730 Weight: 8.36 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

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