Coin Specifications

Category: Modern Commemoratives (1982-Date)
Mint: West Point
Mintage: 77,313
Obverse Designer: James C. Sharpe and T. James Ferrell
Reverse Designer: James M. Peed
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $438.44 (11/24/2020)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1992 W OLYMPICS $5 PF obverse 1992 W OLYMPICS $5 PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

Commemorative coins for the Olympic Games of 1984 and 1988 had proved to be good fundraisers for the U. S. Olympic Training Center, so a similar program was planned for the 1992 event. A bill passed October 3, 1990 provided for up to 6 million clad half dollars, 4 million silver dollars and 500 thousand gold half eagles. In an open contest for this series which saw 1,107 entries, the half dollar design turned out to be a split decision. The obverse was awarded to U. S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver William C. Cousins, who portrayed a female gymnast in mid air superimposed over the American flag. The USA Olympic logo is seen beneath the gymnast's right leg, along with the date of coining. The reverse of the half dollar was by artist Steven Bieda. In it the Olympic torch is overlaid with the olive branch of peace, while the Latin inscription "CITIUS, ALTIUS, FORTIUS" (Faster, Higher, Stronger) appears above the branch, balancing the design. The remaining inscriptions are all statutory, with the coin's mintmark appearing below the legend "E PLURIBUS UNUM" and seeming to be a part of it ('P' for uncirculated coins and 'S' for the proof edition). The silver dollar features an obverse design by John R. Deecken that was sculpted by Chester Y. Martin of the U. S. Mint. Its depiction of a baseball pitcher in his windup was quickly identified by fans of the sport as having come from a 1991 baseball card of Texas Rangers' star Nolan Ryan. The USA Olympic logo appears to the left of the pitcher, while the date of coining is below him within an exergue. Marcel Jovine provided the reverse imagery of the Union Shield flanked by olive branches and surmounted by the USA Olympic logo. The coin's mintmark is to the right of the rightmost olive branch ('D' for uncirculated pieces and 'S' for the proofs), while the rest of the design includes only statutory inscriptions. A unique feature of the silver dollar is that it includes the phrase "XXV OLYMPIAD" four times on the edge impressed into the reeding, the latter feature being more closely spaced than usual to make the lettering readable. The half eagle's obverse displays a sprinter running toward the viewer with an American flag behind him. The USA Olympic logo is at left, the date of coining at right. This design was submitted by James Sharpe and sculpted by the U. S. Mint's own T. James Ferrell. The reverse by James Peed features an American eagle surmounted by the USA Olympic logo. The 'W' mintmark of West Point is seen to the right of the eagle, and the balance of both sides is comprised of statutory inscriptions. The U. S. Mint once again offered pre-issue discount prices for both editions of the three denominations. The uncirculated half dollar was $6 initially and $7.50 after the pre-issue period, while the proof edition was priced at $8.50 and $9.50, respectively. Both coins sold reasonably well, though their combined net sales fell short of one million. The silver dollars, priced at $24 and $29 for the uncirculated coins and $28 and $32 for the proof pieces, sold in similar quantities to the half dollars. Just over 100 thousand half eagles were distributed of the two editions, priced at $185 and $215 for the uncirculated version and $195 and $230 for proof pieces. As is typical for modern U. S. commemoratives, the proof coins were preferred by most buyers across all three denominations.

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1992 W $5 OLYMPICS PF UC
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 400 410 425 475

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3154
Low Grade: 63
Average Grade: 69
High Grade: 70

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1992 W $5 OLYMPICS PF
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1992 W $5 OLYMPICS PF UC
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1992 W $5 OLYMPICS PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base68270573175678381184086889893096199199399499699799910011004100712231821
690714739765792821849878909940971992993995996998100010021005107914221912
000000849878909940971992993995996998100010021005107900
000000859888919951981992994995997998100010031006115100
1992 W $5 OLYMPICS PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base733758785813840870900930961994102710601062106310641066106710691072107613031928
7417677948228508809109409721005103810601062106310641066106710701073115115112024
0000009109409721005103810601062106310641066106710701073115100
0000009209509831016104910611062106310651066106810711074122700
1992 W $5 OLYMPICS PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base62765067469972375678180983786789692692893093193393393593894111461719
635658682707734764790818847877906927929930932933934936939100913371805
000000790818847877906927929930932933934936939100900
000000800828857886916927929931932933934937940107800
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Grade: PF 70 UC
Points: 1928
Owner: Alaska Coin Nut
 
Grade: PF 70 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 1928
Owner: All MS70
 
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