Coin Specifications

Category: Modern Commemoratives (1982-Date)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 224,449
Obverse Designer: Thomas Nielson and Alfred Maletsky
Reverse Designer: Edgar Z. Steever
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $17.72 (9/28/2020)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1994 P PRISONER OF WAR MUSEUM S$1 PF obverse 1994 P PRISONER OF WAR MUSEUM S$1 PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

It seems that 1994 was the year of the military veteran, as no less than three commemorative coins honoring America's service men and women were issued. Sadly, this dilution led to mediocre sales of each coin. Since the price of each commemorative included surcharges that were directed toward non-profit organizations sponsoring the coins, such poor sales resulted in an embarrassing situation in which the U. S. Mint sometimes failed to recover its own costs in sculpting the models, preparing the dies and striking the coins. Congress' mandate limiting commemorative coin programs to no more than two per year provided a solution to this crisis, but it did not apply retroactively to programs already approved. Surcharges from the sale of this silver dollar went toward building and maintaining the National Prisoner of War Museum in Andersonville, Georgia. This was the site of Camp Sumter, the infamous Confederate prison where so many Yankee soldiers died in 1864-65. Now a part of the National Park System, this attraction includes the museum structure, the camp site and a national cemetery. A soaring eagle grasping a broken chain is seen on the obverse of this coin, emblematic of freedom. It is, however, encircled by barbed wire to represent the plight of prisoners of war. The date appears within this circle at the bottom, flanked on the left by the initials of artist Tom Nielsen and on the right by those of the U. S. Mint's Al Maletsky. In addition to the usual mottoes is added the word "FREEDOM." The reverse was designed and sculpted by Edgar Z. Steever IV of the Mint's staff, and it features an elevation view of the reconstructed prison stockade at Andersonville which now houses the museum. Within an exergue beneath this view is the inscription "NATIONAL PRISONER OF WAR MUSEUM," with the coin's mintmark to the right. The balance of this side is comprised of statutory legends, with Steever's initials to the left below the stockade. This coin is one of several within the commemorative series for which the obverse seems more like the reverse, and vice versa. The U. S. Mint at West Point, New York struck the uncirculated coins, while Philadelphia furnished the proof edition. The resulting sales were nearly identical to those of the other 1994 silver dollar commemoratives, with proofs outselling uncirculated pieces approximately four-to-one. This provides a good estimate for the number of customers at that time who would buy every commemorative the Mint offered, regardless of theme or artistic merit.

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1994 P S$1 PRISONER OF WAR MUSEUM PF UC
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 37.50 40.00 50.00 1350

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2829
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 68
High Grade: 70

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/22/2020 1994 P S$1 PRISONER OF WAR MUSEUM PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
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Total-------------------226129
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1994 P S$1 PRISONER OF WAR MUSEUM PF CA
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1994 P S$1 PRISONER OF WAR MUSEUM PF UC
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Total-------------1-211151372599432799
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1994 P S$1 PRISONER OF WAR MUSEUM PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3737373737373737373737677276981111231311471672341921
37373737373737373737476973831021151261361541897960
000000373737374769738310211512613615418900
000000373737375770759110711912814216021200
1994 P S$1 PRISONER OF WAR MUSEUM PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base37373737373737373737377681851061231391431631832582033
37373737373737373737507882921121281401501702088500
000000373737375078829211212814015017020800
000000373737376379849911713414215617623300
1994 P S$1 PRISONER OF WAR MUSEUM PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base373737373737373737373759636785981111151311472121815
3737373737373737373744606473891021121201361697460
00000037373737446064738910211212013616900
00000037373737526266799410711412614219000
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Grade: PF 70 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 2033
Owner: BBRYANTJR
 
Grade: PF 70 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 2033
Owner: Bill Dobbs
 
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