Coin Specifications

Category: Modern Commemoratives (1982-Date)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 351,764
Obverse Designer: Jamie Wyeth and T. James Ferrell
Reverse Designer: "Thomas D. Rogers, Sr."
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $17.26 (11/30/2020)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1995 P SPECIAL OLYMPICS S$1 PF obverse 1995 P SPECIAL OLYMPICS S$1 PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The silver dollar struck in commemoration of the Special Olympics World Games was a controversial coin from the outset. The idea of portraying a living person on a United States coin was protested vigorously by both the Commission of Fine Arts and the Citizens Commemorative Coin Advisory Committee. That the person so honored was perhaps not the most worthy selection also drew its share of criticism. The idea of having an Olympics-like competition for people with mental and/or physical disabilities arose in 1965 as the brainchild of Anne Burke of the Chicago Parks Department. In 1968 she received a grant from the Joseph P. Kennedy Foundation that permitted the program to grow into a national event. As Kennedy's daughter, Eunice Kennedy Shriver became involved at that time, and her celebrity enabled her to garner support for the games from wealthy and well known individuals and institutions. Whether the coin approved by Congress February 3, 1995 should portray Burke or Shriver was as controversial as the depiction of a living person at all. The obverse design was submitted by James Wyeth of the famed Wyeth Family of artists. This was then sculpted at the Philadelphia Mint by T. James Ferrell. In addition to the left-facing bust of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, this side features around its upper periphery the inscription "SPECIAL OLYMPICS WORLD GAMES." The date 1995 is at the bottom, with the coin's mintmark above and to the right of it, and Ferrell's initials appear beneath the bust. The usual statutory mottoes complete this side. Thomas D. Rogers, Sr. of the U. S. Mint designed and modeled the reverse. It features a medal of the Special Olympics, its lanyard entwined around a rose. Above this is the inscription "AS WE HOPE FOR THE BEST IN THEM, HOPE IS REBORN IN US." EUNICE KENNEDY SHRIVER, FOUNDER. Rogers' initials appear to the left of the medal, while the balance of the reverse is comprised of statutory legends. Offered in both uncirculated (West Point Mint) and proof (Philadelphia Mint) finishes, the Special Olympics Silver Dollar was a surprisingly good seller for a coin that received so much criticism from the numismatic community. This appears to have been a rare instance in which sales beyond the usual collector base accounted for much of the net total.

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1995 P S$1 SPECIAL OLYMPICS PF UC
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 20.00 22.50 25.00 215

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1732
Low Grade: 65
Average Grade: 69
High Grade: 70

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1995 P S$1 SPECIAL OLYMPICS PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------------34-7
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Total-------------------34-7
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1995 P S$1 SPECIAL OLYMPICS PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------------1-1
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Total--------------------1-1
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1995 P S$1 SPECIAL OLYMPICS PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------225441592791724
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Total----------------225441592791724
 ----------------0%0%0%3%92%5% 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1995 P S$1 SPECIAL OLYMPICS PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base37373737373737373737376772768194106111115123155888
37373737373737373737476973788598108112118134399932
0000003737373747697378859810811211813400
00000037373737577075799010210911412014400
1995 P S$1 SPECIAL OLYMPICS PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base373737373737373737373776818589102119123127139175949
373737373737373737375078828693108120124131151433996
00000037373737507882869310812012413115100
00000037373737637984889811312212613516300
1995 P S$1 SPECIAL OLYMPICS PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base373737373737373737373759636772819498102111139828
373737373737373737374460646975859599105120369869
00000037373737446064697585959910512000
000000373737375262667078909710110813000
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Grade: PF 70 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 949
Owner: BBRYANTJR
 
Grade: PF 70 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 949
Owner: Beijim
 
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