Coin Specifications

Category: Modern Commemoratives (1982-Date)
Mint: West Point
Mintage: 43,124
Obverse Designer: Marvel Jovine and William C. Cousins
Reverse Designer: Frank Gasparro
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $310.77 (1/19/2019)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1995 W OLYMPICS STADIUM $5 PF obverse 1995 W OLYMPICS STADIUM $5 PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

United States commemorative coins had been approved for previous Olympic Games in 1984, 1988 and 1992, and the sale of such pieces was viewed by Congress as a painless way of funding the training of America’s athletes. For those promoting the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, coin collectors evidently were seen as a cash cow that could be milked endlessly. Despite marketing surveys conducted by the coins’ backers in which collectors expressed their reluctance to buy an extensive series of commemoratives for a single occasion, a bill was approved by Congress authorizing the most complex and expensive program before or since.

The law authorized the minting of no less than 16 different coins for the same event. Each of these would be minted in the usual uncirculated and proof editions, making for a total of 32 issues in all. As is this weren’t enough to discourage sales of each coin type, it was determined that common reverse designs would be used for each of the three denominations, though the splitting of the series’ mintages over two calendar years, 1995 and 1996, would provide for a change in these common reverses from one year to the next.

Authorized for 1995 were two copper-nickel-clad half dollars, four silver dollars and two gold half eagles. This same line-up would be minted in 1996, too. Themes for the 1995 halves included basketball and baseball. The silver dollars honored gymnastics, paralympics, track and field and cycling. Half eagles were minted that showed the Olympic Torch runner and the Atlanta Stadium.

The common reverse for the 1995 halves featured a globe of the world with the Atlanta Centennial Olympics logo at its center. Seen on each of the 1995 silver dollars is a pair of grasped hands beneath the centennial logo. A strident American eagle dominates the common reverse for the 1995 half eagles.

A similar line-up was prepared bearing the date 1996. That year’s half dollars honored swimming and soccer, respectively, while themes for the silver dollars included tennis, rowing, high jump and paralympics. The torch bearer lights the Olympic flame brazier on the first half eagle of 1996, while the second issue portrays an American athlete carrying the national flag and leading his team in the parade of nations. The common reverses chosen for 1996 are all quite bland, consisting solely of the Centennial Olympics logo, text and a few other supporting elements.

All of the half dollars, regardless of finish, were coined at the San Francisco Mint. The production of silver dollars was divided between Denver (uncirculated) and Philadelphia (proof). As was customary for most gold commemoratives, both editions of the half eagles were minted at West Point.

With so many coins from which to choose, collectors were understandably selective about their purchases. Most of the obverse designs are average, at best, the reverse types abysmal. In general, the 1995 coins sold better than the 1996 series, despite inclusion of the half dollars in 1996’s Prestige Proof Set. International sales undoubtedly contributed toward salvaging what could have been a complete disaster, but it’s still likely that the U. S. Mint failed to recover its costs of modeling and die making for some of the poorest selling issues. There are some real rarities in this program, particularly among the always less popular uncirculated strikes.


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Last Updated: 11/2/2016

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1995 W OLYMPICS STADIUM $5 PF Ultra Cameo
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 380 381 382 383 384 385 386 390 390 410 540

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Total Graded: 1861
Low Grade: 63
Average Grade: 69
High Grade: 70

The chart showing 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series, 69 series, 70 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 1/14/2019 1995 W OLYMPICS STADIUM $5 PF
 -------------------13 %87 %- 
1995 W OLYMPICS STADIUM $5 PF Ultra Cameo
 --------------0 %-0 %0 %0 %1 %61 %38 % 

Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
5/28/2006 PCGS PF 69   Ultra Cameo Teletrade Auction 2210, 2210/Lot# 1890 $291.20
2/21/2010 PCGS PF 70   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #210031, 210031/Lot# 20291 $431.25
9/19/2010 NGC PF 70   Ultra Cameo Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 3438 $368.00
4/11/2011 NGC PF 69   Ultra Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 574, 581/Lot# 1966 $402.50
12/2/2012 PCGS PF 69   Ultra Cameo GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/02/2012, 51/Lot# 87343 $473.00
1/27/2013 PCGS PF 69   Ultra Cameo GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/27/2013, 59/Lot# 92065 $460.90
4/14/2014 PCGS PF 69   Ultra Cameo Stack's Bowers iAuction 3477, 6026/Lot# 20858 $370.13
4/26/2015 NGC PF 70   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131518/Lot# 21271 $352.50
8/28/2016 NGC PF 69   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131636/Lot# 22657 $329.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1995 W $5 PF OLYMPICS STADIUM Cameo
1995 W $5 PF OLYMPICS STADIUM Ultra Cameo
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Grade: PF 70 UC
Points: 1928
Owner: Alaska Coin Nut
Grade: PF 70 UC
Points: 1928
Owner: Alex J. Llorente
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