Coin Specifications

Category: Modern Commemoratives (1982-Date)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 28,575
Catalog: KM-281
Obverse Designer: Al Maletsky
Reverse Designer: Al Maletsky
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $12.11 (10/5/2015)
Diameter: 38.1mm
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1997 P LAW OFFICERS S$1 MS obverse 1997 P LAW OFFICERS S$1 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC on October 15, 1991. It recognizes the more than 14,000 peace officers of all public services killed in the line of duty. To provide funding for the maintenance of this memorial and for scholarships to slain officer’s families, in 1996 Congress authorized the coining of up to 500,000 commemorative silver dollars. A surcharge of $10 per coin was included within the sales price of each silver dollar, and this issue was offered from September 19, 1997 through December 15, 1998.

The obverse of this coin is derived from a photograph taken at the memorial by Larry Rugeri. It shows U. S. Park Police Officers Kelcy Stephansson and Robert Chelsey making a pencil rubbing of a fellow officer’s name. Designed and sculpted by the U. S. Mint’s Al Maletsky, his initials appear below the memorial tablet. Arcing around the upper border is the inscription “NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS MEMORIAL,” and this circle is completed with “LIBERTY” and the date of coining. The statutory motto “IN GOD WE TRUST” is placed above the two figures.

Maletsky also drew and sculpted the reverse design, which features the memorial’s logo. The shield represents all law enforcement officers, while the rose superimposed over it symbolizes the sacrifice of the fallen. The motto “TO SERVE AND PROTECT” is below the shield, and these elements are flanked at left and right by single oak branches. The coin’s mintmark is centered below the central devices, with statutory legends completing this side.

Both editions of this silver dollar were coined at the Philadelphia Mint. The modest sales of this issue were in line with other commemoratives of the time, the proofs outselling the uncirculated coins almost four to one.


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Total Graded: 795
Low Grade: 66
Average Grade: 69
High Grade: 70

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2/23/1998 PCGS MS 69   Teletrade Auction 1026, 1026/Lot# 1714 $49.05
1/22/2009 NGC MS 70   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 325, 331/Lot# 6605 $163.30
12/30/2012 PCGS MS 70   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/30/2012, 55/Lot# 83092 $273.90
6/9/2013 NGC MS 69   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131325/Lot# 22697 $84.00
6/1/2014 NGC MS 70   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131423/Lot# 25020 $229.13
7/11/2014 PCGS MS 69   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3490, 6041/Lot# 20790 $82.25
12/14/2014 PCGS MS 69   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131451/Lot# 27361 $105.75

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1997 P LAW OFFICERS S$1 MS
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Grade: MS 70
Points: 774
Owner: Alex J. Llorente
Grade: MS 70
Points: 774
Owner: Bruce Laquster
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