Coin Specifications

Category: Modern Commemoratives (1982-Date)
Mint: West Point
Mintage: 22,447
Catalog: KM-248
Obverse Designer: William J. Krawczewicz
Reverse Designer: Dean McMullen
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.36g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $317.03 (8/30/2016)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1994 W WORLD CUP $5 MS obverse 1994 W WORLD CUP $5 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 W WORLD CUP $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 380 381 382 383 384 385 386 387 390 415 565

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1073
Low Grade: 68
Average Grade: 69
High Grade: 70


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8/20/1997 PCGS MS 69   Teletrade Auction 0973, 973/Lot# 2067 $158.25
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 70   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1826 $1,110.00
2/16/2009 NGC MS 70   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 336, 342/Lot# 1402 $345.00
4/22/2012 PCGS MS 70   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131218/Lot# 23199 $603.75
4/21/2013 PCGS MS 69   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/21/2013, 71/Lot# 109932 $335.50
6/13/2013 NGC MS 70   Heritage Auctions Thursday Modern Coin Auction Session(1), 241325/Lot# 15115 $411.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1994 W WORLD CUP $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base733758785813840870900930961994102710601062106310641066106710691072107611931781
7417677948228508809109409721005103810601062106310641066106710701073111513890
0000009109409721005103810601062106310641066106710701073111500
0000009209509831016104910611062106310651066106810711074115400
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Grade: MS 70
Points: 1781
Owner: Alaska Coin Nut
 
Grade: MS 70
Points: 1781
Owner: Bruce Laquster
 
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