Coin Specifications

Category: Modern Commemoratives (1982-Date)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 227,671
Catalog: KM-250
Obverse Designer: John Mercanti
Reverse Designer: "Thomas D. Rogers, Sr."
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.73g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $14.37 (8/25/2016)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1994 P VIETNAM S$1 PF obverse 1994 P VIETNAM S$1 PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

One of several United States commemorative coins offered for sale during 1994, the silver dollar honoring the Vietnam War Veterans Memorial at the Capitol Mall in Washington, DC thus had to compete for collectors’ money. Sales suffered as a result, but this has only made the coins scarcer and more desirable in the secondary market.

The memorial was built in 1982 to honor those who fought and died in a war most Americans at that time still wanted to forget. The simple and elegant concept of a wall set into the earth and bearing the names of the fallen was the work of artist Maya Ying Lin. For those of more conventional taste in memorials, a sculptural group of three soldiers was added shortly thereafter. This piece was created by Frederick Hart and includes men of three races to represent the diverse make-up of the Americans who fought in Vietnam. Their faces are directed toward the wall in tribute to their lost comrades.

The obverse of this coin was created by U. S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver John Mercanti, and it captures a common and moving scene repeated daily at “the wall.” A hand reaches up to touch the name of a lost loved one, while the George Washington Monument is seen in the distance. Set within an exergue at the bottom is the inscription “VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL,” with the date above the hand, accompanied by the statutory mottoes. Mercanti’s initials are near the border at four o’clock.

The reverse has a very plain design that is more typical of a medal than a coin. In fact, it displays three service medals associated with the Vietnam War and their accompanying ribbons. To the right of these is the coin’s mintmark, and to the left are the initials of Thomas D. Rogers, Sr. of the U. S. Mint’s engraving staff. Above the grouping of medals is a triangular chevron, with the balance of this side taken by purely statutory legends.

Uncirculated pieces were coined at the West Point Mint (‘W’ mintmark), with Philadelphia supplying the proof edition. As is customary with United States commemorative coins of the modern era, the proof issue outsold the uncirculated pieces by a ratio of almost four-to-one.

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Last Updated: 9/26/2014

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1994 P VIETNAM S$1 PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 21.00 22.00 24.00 26.40 29.90 33.75 35.00 37.50 42.50 57.50 660

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3021
Low Grade: 63
Average Grade: 68
High Grade: 70


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2/6/2005 PCGS PF 69   Ultra Cameo Teletrade Auction 1997, 1997/Lot# 1428 $82.50
7/10/2011 NGC PF 69   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/10/2011, 125/Lot# 12129 $58.43
4/26/2012 PCGS PF 68   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions Thursday Modern Coin Auctions Session(1), 241218/Lot# 18499 $30.00
7/12/2012 PCGS PF 68   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions Thursday Modern Coin Auctions Session(1), 241229/Lot# 19083 $32.00
7/15/2012 PCGS PF 68   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131230/Lot# 27026 $36.00
5/30/2013 NGC PF 69   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions Thursday Modern Coin Auctions Session(1), 241323/Lot# 18078 $32.00
4/21/2014 PCGS PF 69   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3478, 6027/Lot# 20352 $123.38
10/26/2014 PCGS PF 69   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 827, 836/Lot# 860 $111.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1994 P VIETNAM S$1 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base373737373737373737373767727685981111151231832271186
3737373737373737373747697379891021121181431985470
00000037373737476973798910211211814319800
00000037373737577075829410711412016321200
1994 P VIETNAM S$1 PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3737373737373737373737768189981111231311392012481264
37373737373737373737507884921021151261341602175870
000000373737375078849210211512613416021700
000000373737376379869510711912813618023200
1994 P VIETNAM S$1 PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base37373737373737373737378589981061231391431552202721345
373737373737373737375386921011121281401471772376300
0000003737373753869210111212814014717723700
0000003737373769889510311713414215119825500
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Grade: PF 70 UC
Points: 1345
Owner: Bruce Laquster
 
Grade: PF 70 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 1345
Owner: Dharma King
 
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