Coins Certified as of 1/21

My Coin #11949633

1995-W $5 Stadium, DC PR70DC

PCGS#: 9735

Owner's Comments

1995-W Gold Half Eagle PR70DCAM: Olympic Stadium { PCGS-3 } (Jun'2010) Mintage: 43,124 (proof) Flawless fields and super frosting on the Olympic devices of this Gold Medal Quality stadium piece in honor of the Atlanta Games for the Olympiad XXVI.

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: In 1996, the United States hosted the summer games of the XXVI Olympiad in Atlanta, Georgia.  This was an especially important event for America because it was also the 100th anniversary of the Olympic games. To commemorate the occasion, the U.S. Mint created specially designed Half Dollars, Silver Dollars, and $5 gold pieces for issuance in 1995 and 1996.  This was the most ambitious commemorative coin program to date -- 16 different coins were produced and sold to collectors at a premium.

Two different 1995-dated $5 gold pieces were struck in both Mint State and Proof at the West Point Mint.  The first version featured a runner holding the Olympic torch aloft, with the Atlanta skyline in the left field.  The second version displayed the Olympic stadium and the logo for the Centennial Games.  Both types shared a common reverse with a stylized eagle holding a banner in its beak.

Sales of both types were weak and far less than anticipated.  The mintage of the Mint State Stadium $5 gold piece set a new record low (for the time) of less than 11,000 coins; the Torch Runner's mintage was not much higher.  Both Mint State versions remain scarce and desirable today.  Fortunately for collectors, virtually the entire mintage was preserved...in high grade.

Diameter: 21.60 millimeters Designer: Marcel Jovine/Frank Gasparro Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 43,124 Weight: 8.36 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 Multiple PR70s PCGS grade