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Jaime Hernandez: The 1992-S Columbus Half Dollar was produced to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the discovery of the new lands in 1492.
Obverse: The obverse of the coin depicts Christopher Columbus setting foot on the new lands. Columbus seems completely amazed on the image of the coin, as he discovers the new lands. Behind Columbus, the ocean is visible and one of the three ships he used to sail to the new lands. To his side, three men from his crew are visible in the background, and next to a small boat. Above Columbus's image is the word LIBERTY. Below the letter Y of the word LIBERTY is the D mint mark, indicating the coin was struck at the Denver Mint. Below Columbus's right foot is the date 1492 or the year in which the Americas were discovered. To the right of the year 1492 is the year 1992, or the year in which the coins were minted. Above the year 1992 are the words, In God We Trust.
Reverse: The reverse of the coin displays the three ships Columbus used to travel to the new lands, which were The Santa Maria, The Nina and The Pinta. Above the three ships are the legends 500th Anniversary of Columbus Discovery. The reverse of the coin has a circular ring around the design. On the outer ring of the coin, are the words United States of America and Half Dollar.
Overview: Maximum authorized mintage for both Uncirculated and Proof Half Dollars combined was 6,000,000. Produced under Public Law: 102-281. Before the 1992-S Columbus Half Dollar, the Mint also struck the Colombian Exposition Half Dollars 100 years earlier, which also depict a portrait of Christopher Columbus on the obverse. In 1992, the Mint continued this retro-trend by producing the Uncirculated 1992-D Columbus Half Dollars as well as Proofs of the same design and denomination. Proof coins were struck at the San Francisco Mint and will contain an S mint mark.