Coin Specifications

Category: Modern Commemoratives (1982-Date)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 351,764
Catalog: KM-266
Obverse Designer: Jamie Wyeth and T. James Ferrell
Reverse Designer: "Thomas D. Rogers, Sr."
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.73g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $15.27 (9/25/2016)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1995 P SPEC OLYMPICS S$1 PF obverse 1995 P SPEC 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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Last Updated: 9/26/2014

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1995 P SPEC OLYMPICS 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 42.50 375

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1483
Low Grade: 65
Average Grade: 68
High Grade: 70


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1/29/2006 PCGS PF 69   Ultra Cameo Teletrade Auction 2152, 2152/Lot# 2437 $100.80
4/3/2008 NGC PF 68   Ultra Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 235, 241/Lot# 6568 $34.00
9/11/2011 NGC PF 69   Ultra Cameo GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/11/2011, 135/Lot# 15750 $55.00
1/19/2012 NGC PF 69   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions Thursday Modern Coin Auctions Session(1), 241204/Lot# 19505 $36.00
6/6/2013 NGC PF 69   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions Thursday Modern Coin Auction Session(1), 241324/Lot# 19116 $28.00
6/16/2013 PCGS PF 69   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131326/Lot# 24383 $40.00
4/21/2014 PCGS PF 69   Ultra Cameo Stack's Bowers iAuction 3478, 6027/Lot# 20360 $91.65
5/5/2014 PCGS PF 69   Ultra Cameo Stack's Bowers iAuction 3480, 6029/Lot# 20527 $85.78


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1995 P SPEC OLYMPICS S$1 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base373737373737373737373759636772819498102111139828
3737373737373737373744606469758595991051203690
00000037373737446064697585959910512000
000000373737375262667078909710110813000
1995 P SPEC OLYMPICS S$1 PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base37373737373737373737376772768194106111115123155888
373737373737373737374769737885981081121181343990
0000003737373747697378859810811211813400
00000037373737577075799010210911412014400
1995 P SPEC OLYMPICS S$1 PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base373737373737373737373776818589102119123127139175949
3737373737373737373750788286931081201241311514330
00000037373737507882869310812012413115100
00000037373737637984889811312212613516300
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Grade: PF 70 UC
Points: 949
Owner: Bruce Laquster
 
Grade: PF 70 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 949
Owner: Eagles-R-it
 
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