Coin Specifications

Category: Modern Commemoratives (1982-Date)
Mint: West Point
Mintage: 29,474
Obverse Designer: T. James Ferrell
Reverse Designer: "James M. Peed and Thomas D. Rogers, Sr."
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $444.65 (12/4/2020)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1997 W FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT $5 PF obverse 1997 W FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT $5 PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

President of the United States from 1933 to 1945, Franklin Delano Roosevelt served an unprecedented four terms (an amendment to the U. S. Constitution passed a few years later now prohibits anyone from serving more than two). In fact, his fourth term was cut short by his death in office less than three months after the inauguration. Mourned around the world, Roosevelt had led the nation through the bleak years of the Great Depression and through most of World War II. In 1946 his portrait was placed on the circulating dime, where it remains today. The building of a memorial to Roosevelt in Washington, DC prompted the issuance of this gold half eagle in 1997. The authorizing legislation permitted the striking of up to 100,000 pieces. Surcharges included within the sales price of each coin went to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Commission. Roosevelt loved the sea and the U. S. Navy in particular. He had been assistant secretary of the Navy under President Wilson, and during his own presidency he was fond of reviewing the fleet from his favorite ship, the cruiser U.S.S. Houston (lost to enemy action in 1942). The obverse of this coin depicts him in right-facing profile aboard this vessel, wearing a boating cloak, as seen in a 1938 photograph that became a favorite of his. This obverse was sculpted by T. James Ferrell of the U. S. Mint and features Roosevelt's name in full above and the date of coining at right. Mottoes of a purely statutory nature balance the design. The reverse of this issue was prepared by Thomas D. Rogers, Sr., also of the Mint staff. It features a view of the presidential seal as displayed at Roosevelt's famous 1933 inauguration, during which he proclaimed "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." The remaining text on this side of the coin is statutory, except for the initials of the designer and sculptor beneath the seal at left and right, respectively, and the mintmark to the right of the seal. The West Point Mint produced both the uncirculated and proof examples of this half eagle, which is only fitting, since Roosevelt's family estate is nearby at Hyde Park. As with most commemorative coins of the 1990s, sales of this issue fell far short of the maximum authorized mintage. The proof edition outsold the uncirculated coins at a ratio of nearly three-to-one, but both posted disappointing totals when all was said and done. Given the current popularity of modern United States coins, a factor which didn't exist as recently as 1997, this issue has proved to be yet another rarity.

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1997 W $5 FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT PF UC
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 400 410 425 475

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1782
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 69
High Grade: 70

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/1/2020 1997 W $5 FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT PF
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1997 W $5 FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT PF UC
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Total-------------1---161412245181764
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1997 W $5 FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base67069571974577281184086889893096199199399499699799910011004100712231821
678703728754785821849878909940971992993995996998100010021005107914221912
000000849878909940971992993995996998100010021005107900
000000859888919951981992994995997998100010031006115100
1997 W $5 FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base733758785813840870900930961994102710601062106310641066106710691072107613031928
7417677948228508809109409721005103810601062106310641066106710701073115115112024
0000009109409721005103810601062106310641066106710701073115100
0000009209509831016104910611062106310651066106810711074122700
1997 W $5 FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base62765067469972375678180983786789692692893093193393393593894111461719
635658682707734764790818847877906927929930932933934936939100913371805
000000790818847877906927929930932933934936939100900
000000800828857886916927929931932933934937940107800
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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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