Coin Specifications

Category: Modern Commemoratives (1982-Date)
Mint: West Point
Mintage: 342,041
Obverse Designer: "Thomas D. Rogers, Sr."
Reverse Designer: "Thomas D. Rogers, Sr."
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $17.98 (11/24/2020)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1991-1995 W WORLD WAR II ANNIVERSARY S$1 PF obverse 1991-1995 W WORLD WAR II ANNIVERSARY S$1 PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 50th Anniversary of World War II was marked with a most unusual series of commemorative coins. Consisting of a copper-nickel-clad half dollar, a silver dollar and a gold half eagle, none of these coins bore any indication of when they were minted. Instead, each carried the dual dates of 1991-1995 for the 50th anniversaries of America's entry into World War II and the war's conclusion, respectively. These pieces were actually coined and issued during 1993. The half dollar features on its obverse the heads of three American servicemen superimposed over the 'V' for Victory so familiar during the war years. Above this group flies a B-29 Superfortress bomber surmounted by five stars for the number of years America participated in the war. The dual commemorative dates appear at right, with the balance of this side consisting of statutory inscriptions. This side is the work of George Klauba. Shown on the reverse by Bill J. Leftwich is a battle scene typical of so many Pacific Islands beaches. An infantryman crawls up the sand under fire, while a ship in the distance shells the enemy's defenses and an F4U Corsair fighter swoops down low to provide covering fire. The mintmark appears within the sand at four o'clock, and the remaining writing on this side is limited to statutory legends. The silver dollar was solely the work of the U. S. Mint's own Thomas D. Rogers, Sr., who chose as his theme the landings at Normandy to liberate France. The obverse again shows an infantryman ascending the beach. Above him is the inscription "D-DAY JUNE 6, 1944," while the dual dates of commemoration appear at right. These elements are balanced at left and below by statutory mottoes. The reverse imagery is limited to the shoulder insignia of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force, accompanied by a quote from its commander, Dwight D. Eisenhower: "I HAVE FULL CONFIDENCE IN YOUR COURAGE, DEVOTION TO DUTY AND SKILL IN BATTLE. WE WILL ACCEPT NOTHING LESS THAN FULL VICTORY!" Eisenhower's name is below the quote, with the coin's mintmark below it. Statutory inscriptions complete this side. The half eagle offers the least satisfying and, perhaps, most confusing design. Charles J. Madsen's obverse provides a facing view of an Army soldier or a Marine holding his rifle, but the intended theme of "Victory" is not really evident. The dual commemorative dates in the right field help only a little, and the rest of this side is taken with statutory mottoes. The meaning of the reverse is more obvious, with a block letter 'V' over which is superimposed unnecessarily the same letter written in Morse code. Two olive branches flank either side of the letter, with the mintmark below and the remaining statutory inscriptions completing this side, which was designed by Edward Southworth Fisher. The Philadelphia Mint ('P' mintmark) produced both the uncirculated and proof editions of the clad half dollar, while West Point ('W') coined all of the half eagles and the proof silver dollars. The Denver Mint ('D') struck the uncirculated edition of the dollar coin. Offered with the usual pre-issue discounts, the World War II commemorative coins sold reasonably well but once again fell far short of expectations. The planned for sales in the millions to veterans never materialized, once again reinforcing the lesson that Congress never seems to learn-it is mostly collectors who buy commemorative coins, regardless of the theme.

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1991-1995 W S$1 WORLD WAR II ANNIVERSARY PF UC
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 27.50 35.00 40.00 325

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3426
Low Grade: 65
Average Grade: 69
High Grade: 70

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1991-1995 W S$1 WORLD WAR II ANNIVERSARY PF
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1991-1995 W S$1 WORLD WAR II ANNIVERSARY PF CA
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1991-1995 W S$1 WORLD WAR II ANNIVERSARY PF UC
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Base----------------1245732411003405
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Total----------------1245732411003405
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1991-1995 W S$1 WORLD WAR II ANNIVERSARY PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base373737373737373737373767727681941061111151234151193
373737373737373737374769737885981081121182206741253
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1991-1995 W S$1 WORLD WAR II ANNIVERSARY PF UC
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Base3737373737373737373737768185891021191231271394501271
3737373737373737373750788286931081201241312437241335
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1991-1995 W S$1 WORLD WAR II ANNIVERSARY PF
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Base3737373737373737373737596367728194981021113811118
3737373737373737373744606469758595991052016271174
00000037373737446064697585959910520100
000000373737375262667078909710110829100
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Grade: PF 70 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 1271
Owner: BBRYANTJR
 
Grade: PF 70 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 1271
Owner: Bob's Coin Obsession
 
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