1996-W $5 Smithsonian, DC PR70DC

CERTIFICATION#: 12242387
PCGS#: 9745

Owner's Comments

1996-W Gold Half Eagle PR70DCAM: Smithsonian { PCGS-3 } (Dec'2009) Mintage: 29,474 (proof) One of the more distinctive gold pieces in this series with effective use of cameo and highly reflective perfect fields. Outstanding luster and shine off of the devices brings images to life. Issued for the 150th anniversary of the Smithsonian Institute, this is one of the rarer top-pop gold commemorative coins for the series. It also started a trend for gold proofs struck for the series being lower than 30,000 pieces.

Expert Comments

Jaime Hernandez: The 1996 $5 Proof Smithsonian Commemorative Coin was issued to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Smithsonian. The Smithsonian is the largest museum in the world.

Obverse: The obverse of the coin features a bust of James Smithson, the donor and founder of the Smithsonian Museum. The obverse also has the inscriptions, "For the increase and Diffusion of Knowledge, In God We Trust, 1846-1996, James Smithson," and the word" Liberty."

Reverse: The reverse of the coin displays a large sunbursts which is also the Smithsonian's logo. Underneath the logo it has the word "Smithsonian." Encircled around the design are the inscriptions, "United States of America, E Pluribus Unum," and "Five Dollars."

Pre-Issue Price: $195.00

Regular Issue Price: $225.00

Mintage: 21,772

Diameter: 21.60 millimeters Designer: Al Maletsky/T. James Ferrell Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 8,948 Weight: 8.36 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

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