Coin Specifications

Category: Modern Commemoratives (1982-Date)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 168,208
Catalog: KM-246
Obverse Designer: Richard T. LaRoche
Reverse Designer: Dean McMullen
Composition: Copper-Nickel Clad Copper
Weight: 11.34g
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1994 D WORLD CUP 50C MS obverse 1994 D WORLD CUP 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Americans have never been big fans of soccer, or international football. While it is viewed as a healthy activity for kids, this sport has not achieved the intense following here that it possesses in much of the world. Nevertheless, it was hoped that the awarding of the XV FIFA World Cup tournament to the United States in 1994 would enhance American participation. In recognition of this honor, Congress authorized the United States Mint to produce a set of three commemorative coins bearing that date.

This set consists of the familiar lineup used successfully for several previous programs—a copper-nickel-clad half dollar, a silver dollar and a gold half eagle. These coins share a common reverse designed by artist Dean McMullen that is dominated by the World Cup USA logo. This features a stylized United States flag in which the block of stars is replaced by a soccer ball in motion. Above the flag is the inscription “WorldCup USA94” in two lines, and this central device is flanked by olive branches at either side. The coin’s mintmark appears to the right of the right hand branch, with the balance of this side consisting of statutory legends.

The obverse of the half dollar depicts a soccer player running and advancing the ball. His figure is superimposed over the date 1994, with the initials of designer Richard T. LaRoche and the U. S. Mint’s John Mercanti appearing along the border at seven o’clock. Statutory mottoes complete this side.

The silver dollar’s obverse illustrates two soccer players jostling for possession of the ball, with the date of coining at right. The initials of designer Dean McMullen and Mint Sculptor-Engraver T. James Ferrell are visible to the left and right, respectively, of the motto “IN GOD WE TRUST” along the lower border. Arcing across the top of the obverse is “LIBERY,” the letters divided by stars.

The gold half eagle has as its sole device the World Cup trophy itself. This is flanked by statutory mottoes, with the date of coining at the bottom and the initials of designer William J. Krawczewicz and the U. S. Mint’s sculptor near the border at four o’clock.

The uncirculated editions of both the half dollar and dollar were struck at the Denver Mint, while Philadelphia and San Francisco produced their proof counterparts, respectively. As was the norm for modern commemoratives, the U. S. Mint at West Point, New York coined both editions of the gold half eagle.

Sales of these coins were respectable but not outstanding, despite inclusion of the World Cup Half Dollar within the 1994 Prestige Proof Set. The fact that roughly similar numbers of each coin were being sold for the various commemorative programs of these years suggests that there existed a core population of regular buyers, regardless of the coins’ themes or worthiness as works of art. For this particular program, however, it’s likely that sales to Europeans and other non-USA buyers comprised at least part of the net mintages.

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1994 D WORLD CUP 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 5.75 6.90 7.00 8.00 9.00 11.25 12.50 15.00 16.25 20.00 390

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 932
Low Grade: 68
Average Grade: 69
High Grade: 70


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6/5/2005 PCGS MS 69   Teletrade Auction 2048, 2048/Lot# 1595 $104.50
11/20/2011 PCGS MS 69   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/20/2011, 145/Lot# 21110 $15.00
3/29/2012 PCGS MS 69   Heritage Auctions Thursday Modern Coin Auctions Session(1), 241214/Lot# 19469 $36.00
4/26/2012 PCGS MS 69   Heritage Auctions Thursday Modern Coin Auctions Session(1), 241218/Lot# 18493 $19.00
8/18/2013 NGC MS 69   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/18/2013, 88/Lot# 133269 $17.00
5/25/2014 PCGS MS 70   Prooflike Stack's Bowers iAuction 3483, 6032/Lot# 22636 $434.75
11/16/2014 PCGS MS 69   Prooflike David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 830, 839/Lot# 1087 $56.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1994 D WORLD CUP 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3737373737373737373737373737373741505981163974
373737373737373737373737373737384453661084330
0000003737373737373737373844536610800
0000003737373737373737374047567413600
1994 D WORLD CUP 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base41414141414141414141414141414141455467891791034
414141414141414141414141414141424858741194640
0000004141414141414141414248587411900
0000004141414141414141414451638214900
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Grade: MS 70
Points: 974
Owner: Bruce Laquster
 
Grade: MS 70
Points: 974
Owner: coincolic
 
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