Coin Specifications

Category: Modern Commemoratives (1982-Date)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 577,090
Catalog: KM-247
Obverse Designer: Dean McMullen and T. James Ferrell
Reverse Designer: Dean McMullen
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.73g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $15.09 (7/25/2016)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1994 S WORLD CUP S$1 PF obverse 1994 S WORLD CUP S$1 PF 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 S WORLD CUP S$1 PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 19.00 20.00 21.00 22.00 25.00 28.75 30.00 31.00 33.75 41.25 345

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2615
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 69
High Grade: 70


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5/30/2011 PCGS PF 69   Ultra Cameo Teletrade Auction 3075, 3075/Lot# 1422 $38.00
1/1/2012 PCGS PF 70   Ultra Cameo GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/01/2012, 1/Lot# 28129 $383.90
1/15/2012 NGC PF 69   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131204/Lot# 24516 $28.00
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11/25/2012 PCGS PF 69   Ultra Cameo GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/25/2012, 50/Lot# 56092 $40.00
1/20/2013 NGC PF 69   Ultra Cameo GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/20/2013, 58/Lot# 95958 $32.50
8/25/2013 PCGS PF 69   Ultra Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 766, 775/Lot# 5285 $27.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1994 S WORLD CUP S$1 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base373737373737373737373759636772819498102111135791
3737373737373737373744606469758595991051193540
00000037373737446064697585959910511900
000000373737375262667078909710110812700
1994 S WORLD CUP S$1 PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base37373737373737373737376772768194106111115123151847
373737373737373737374769737885981081121181323830
0000003737373747697378859810811211813200
00000037373737577075799010210911412014200
1994 S WORLD CUP S$1 PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base373737373737373737373776818589102119123127139167908
3737373737373737373750788286931081201241311484140
00000037373737507882869310812012413114800
00000037373737637984889811312212613515800
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Grade: PF 70 UC
Points: 908
Owner: Bruce Laquster
 
Grade: PF 70 UC
Points: 908
Owner: coincolic
 
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