Coin Specifications

Category: Modern Commemoratives (1982-Date)
Mint: West Point
Mintage: 375,851
Obverse Designer: Edgar Z. Steever
Reverse Designer: Chester Y. Martin
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $12.92 (12/7/2019)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1992 W WHITE HOUSE S$1 PF obverse 1992 W WHITE HOUSE S$1 PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

Approval for a coin honoring the United States Executive Mansion, better known as the White House, was late in coming. It was not until May 13, 1992 that Congress passed a bill which called for the coining of not more than 500,000 silver dollars to mark the laying of this structure’s cornerstone on October 13, 1792. First occupied by the President of the United States of America in 1800, the original building was designed by architect James Hoban. Burned out by the British Army in 1814, only the walls remained, but the White House was restored immediately, and extending wings were added to it in later generations.

There was controversy surrounding the obverse of this silver dollar. As originally designed by U. S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver John Mercanti, this side included an excerpt from the prayer by the White House’s first occupant, John Adams, that “May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof . . .” This innocent exclusion of a possible female president, entirely understandable in 1800, ran afoul of political correctness in 1992, and this inscription was dropped. Ultimately, the obverse of the White House Silver Dollar was completed by fellow Mint staffer Edgar Z. Steever, IV. Shown is the north elevation of the White House with the bicentennial dates above it and the inscription “THE WHITE HOUSE” above these. Steever’s initials are below the structure at left, while the mintmark (‘D’ for uncirculated coins, ‘W’ for proofs) appears near the border at the four o’clock position.

The reverse of this silver dollar portrays architect Hoban before the front entrance of the White House, his name placed below his waist-up figure. The initials of U. S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Chester Y. Martin appear on Hoban’s sleeve, while the remaining inscriptions on this side and the obverse are all statutory in nature.

Despite a nationwide recession and a flurry of commemorative programs during 1992, this issue was a rare sellout. Its relatively low maximum mintage added to the appeal of this coin among speculators, and for a time dealers had difficulty filling orders in the aftermarket.

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1992 W WHITE HOUSE S$1 PF UC
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 19.00 20.00 21.00 22.00 26.50 28.75 30.00 31.00 33.75 46.50 265

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3030
Low Grade: 65
Average Grade: 68
High Grade: 70

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/3/2019 1992 W WHITE HOUSE S$1 PF
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Base-------------------324-27
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Total-------------------324-27
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1992 W WHITE HOUSE S$1 PF CA
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Base-------------------11-2
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Total-------------------11-2
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1992 W WHITE HOUSE S$1 PF UC
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Base----------------128522861773001
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Total----------------128522861773001
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Auction Prices Realized

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12/12/2005 PCGS PF 69   Teletrade Auction 2130, 2130/Lot# 1691 $32.00
9/9/2012 NGC PF 69   Ultra Cameo GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/09/2012, 39/Lot# 62452 $42.51
10/7/2012 NGC PF 69   Ultra Cameo GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/07/2012, 43/Lot# 62454 $32.00
6/16/2013 PCGS PF 69   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131326/Lot# 24945 $32.00
8/29/2013 NGC PF 69   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions Thursday Modern Coin Auction Session(1), 241336/Lot# 16003 $27.00
8/31/2014 PCGS PF 69   Ultra Cameo GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 158635 $425.00
11/2/2014 PCGS PF 69   Ultra Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10647 $24.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1992 W WHITE HOUSE S$1 PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base37373737373737373737376772768198106111115123147831
3737373737373737373747697378871011081121181313750
00000037373737476973788710110811211813100
00000037373737577075799210310911412013900
1992 W WHITE HOUSE S$1 PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base373737373737373737373776818589111119123127139163891
3737373737373737373750788286961141201241311474060
00000037373737507882869611412012413114700
000000373737376379848810411612212613515500
1992 W WHITE HOUSE S$1 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base373737373737373737373759636772859498102111131774
3737373737373737373744606469768895991051183450
00000037373737446064697688959910511800
000000373737375262667081919710110812400
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Grade: PF 70 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 891
Owner: Beijim
 
Grade: PF 70 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 891
Owner: Bill Dobbs
 
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