Coin Specifications

Category: Modern Commemoratives (1982-Date)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,359,366
Obverse Designer: Patricia L. Verani
Reverse Designer: Sherl Joseph Winter
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $17.71 (9/28/2020)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1988 S OLYMPICS S$1 PF obverse 1988 S OLYMPICS S$1 PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The summer games of the 24th Olympiad were held in Seoul, South Korea in 1988. Though the USA did not host any of the events, the issuance of commemorative coins was justified as a means of raising money for training our athletes. This argument did not convince everyone, and there was some considerable protest among hobby figures that this program was inappropriate and exploitative of collectors. Nevertheless, a bill was passed October 28, 1987 that authorized the coining of not more than ten million silver dollars and not more than one million gold half eagles. In addition to whatever price the U. S. Mint determined for these coins, surcharges of $7 and $35, respectively, were to be applied to each silver dollar and half eagle sold. This money would be forwarded to the United States Olympic Committee. As was true of several of the modern commemorative programs, both coins turned out to be collaborative efforts. The silver dollar was designed by Patricia Lewis Verani (obverse) and Sherl J. Winter (reverse). Verani's obverse features two torches held in upraised hands. The torch of Lady Liberty is seen lighting the Olympic torch, and both are framed by olive branches symbolizing peace. The date and the coin's mintmark appear in the right field, while the initials 'PV' are seen below the arm at left. The reverse design by U. S. Mint Engraver Sherl J. Winter depicts the USA Olympic logo at center, flanked again by olive branches, though these are more natural in appearance than the stylized branches employed by Verani. Winter's initials 'SJW' are placed below the stem of the right olive branch. The balance of both sides is comprised of statutory inscriptions. An uninspiring work, the 1988 Olympic silver dollar looks more like an award medal than a United States coin. The uncirculated version was struck at the Denver Mint (letter 'D' below the date), while proofs were produced in San Francisco ('S'). The list prices of these coins were $22 and $23, respectively, during the pre-order period, but these were later raised to $27 and $29 after May 15, 1988. Such figures applied to coins purchased singly or in small quantities. To encourage large sales, however, the Mint offered quantity discounts on purchases or 10,000 or more coins. A number of large wholesale and retail coin dealers took advantage of these options. A similar sliding scale was offered for the Olympic Half Eagle. In fact, the number and complexity of pricing and packaging options for this program were bewildering to many. From an artistic standpoint the gold half eagle was far superior to the silver dollar. Indeed, it was among the very few highlights in an otherwise somewhat mediocre series of modern commemoratives. For the obverse U. S. Mint Chief Engraver Elizabeth Jones created a facing bust of Nike, the goddess of victory, adorned in a laurel wreath. The simplicity of this imagery, with just the date at left and LIBERTY superimposed across Nike's neck, proves once and for all that United States coins are usually ruined through the placement of too much statutory text (the motto IN GOD WE TRUST is tastefully concealed on the ribbon that secures Nike's laurel wreath). Marcel Jovine's reverse is more routine, with a stylized Olympic flame beneath the USA Olympic logo, yet it is handled with such care that it transcends the typical treatment of these stock elements. The initials of Elizabeth Jones appear on the truncation of Nike's bust, while those of Marcel Jovine are placed on the rightmost flame of the torch. Both the proof and uncirculated editions of the Olympic Half Eagle were coined at the West Point Mint ('W'). Like the dollar coins, they sold quite well, despite the convoluted sales program with its too many options. The half eagles were priced at $200 for uncirculated coins (becoming $225 after May 15, 1988) and $205 for proof pieces ($235 for coins ordered after May 15). The silver dollar was included in 1988's Prestige Proof Set, in addition to the regular complement of cent through half dollar. These sets were priced at $45, the same as in the previous year, but sales were just over half of what they had been in 1987.

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1988 S S$1 OLYMPICS PF UC
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 20.00 25.00 30.00 115

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4953
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 68
High Grade: 70

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/22/2020 1988 S S$1 OLYMPICS PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------------1165-76
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Total-------------------1165-76
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1988 S S$1 OLYMPICS PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------------2153-11
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Total-----------------2153-11
 -----------------18%9%45%27%- 
1988 S S$1 OLYMPICS PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------118385222944251394866
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Total-------------118385222944251394866
 -------------0%0%0%0%0%1%5%91%3% 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1988 S S$1 OLYMPICS PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base373737373737373737373767727681981061111151231391066
3737373737373737373747697378871011081121181284480
00000037373737476973788710110811211812800
00000037373737577075799210310911412013400
1988 S S$1 OLYMPICS PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3737373737373737373737768185891111191231271391551138
3737373737373737373750788286961141201241311444830
00000037373737507882869611412012413114400
000000373737376379848810411612212613515000
1988 S S$1 OLYMPICS PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base373737373737373737373759636772859498102111123997
3737373737373737373744606469768895991051154140
00000037373737446064697688959910511500
000000373737375262667081919710110811900
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Grade: PF 70 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 1138
Owner: All MS70
 
Grade: PF 70 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 1138
Owner: asdfgh
 
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