Coin Specifications

Category: Modern Commemoratives (1982-Date)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 187,595
Obverse Designer: Edgar Z. Steever
Reverse Designer: William C. Cousins
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $17.62 (9/28/2020)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1999 P YELLOWSTONE S$1 PF obverse 1999 P YELLOWSTONE S$1 PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

This silver dollar was intended to mark the 125th anniversary of the 1872 establishment of Yellowstone and the USA’s first national park. Of course, this anniversary took place in 1997, but Congress’ self-imposed limit of two commemorative programs per year delayed the striking of these coins until 1999. Perhaps the two-year delay was too awkward for the coin’s backers to acknowledge, as there is no reference to this anniversary on the coin as issued.

Authorized under the broad coinage law of October 29, 1996, the Yellowstone Silver Dollar had the now familiar mintage cap of 500,000 pieces. Proceeds from surcharges included within the sales price were split between Yellowstone National Parks and the other parks within the national system via the National Parks Foundation.

Both sides of this coin were designed by members of the U. S. Mint’s staff of sculptor-engravers. Edgar Z. Steever, IV drew and sculpted the obverse, which features a spouting geyser against a typical Yellowstone landscape. The simple inscription “YELLOWSTONE” appears above this landscape, with the date below it. The coin’s mintmark is placed near the border at five o’clock, while the artist’s initials are seen below the landscape at left. Statutory mottoes complete this side.

The reverse by William Cousins displays imagery adapted from the seal of the U. S. Department of the Interior. A bison stands in left profile upon a plain, while behind it a radiant sun is partially obscured by a mountainous landscape. These elements are encircled, with statutory legends placed both within and outside this circle.

The Yellowstone Silver Dollar is one of the more uninspiring entries in the modern commemorative series. Though any coin featuring a bison will appeal to some collectors, the balance of its design is mediocre. Perhaps its most notable flaw is that the geyser appears at first glance to be a giant fist emerging from the ground. It’s likely that this dramatic element looked much better on paper and simply didn’t transfer well to bas relief.

The Philadelphia Mint was assigned the task of producing both uncirculated and proof strikings of this silver dollar. The coins were offered for sale for a period of one year, from July 16, 1999 to July 15, 2000. Sales were typical of commemorative coins during this period, with the overall total being modest and proofs outselling uncirculated pieces by more than five to one.

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Last Updated: 2/4/2020

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1999 P S$1 YELLOWSTONE PF UC
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 30.00 35.00 45.00 300

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2278
Low Grade: 64
Average Grade: 69
High Grade: 70

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/22/2020 1999 P S$1 YELLOWSTONE PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------------16-7
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Total-------------------16-7
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1999 P S$1 YELLOWSTONE PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------------3115
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Total-------------------3115
 -------------------60%20%20% 
1999 P S$1 YELLOWSTONE PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------1-3146020821062266
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Total---------------1-3146020831062267
 ---------------0%-0%1%3%92%5% 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1999 P S$1 YELLOWSTONE PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base373737373737373737373767727681111123131139198216872
3737373737373737373747697378911151261341592044350
00000037373737476973789111512613415920400
000000373737375770757910111912813617821000
1999 P S$1 YELLOWSTONE PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base373737373737373737373776818589123139143155216237933
37373737373737373737507882861001281401471752234690
000000373737375078828610012814014717522300
000000373737376379848811213414215119623000
1999 P S$1 YELLOWSTONE PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base37373737373737373737375963677298111115123179198813
3737373737373737373744606469811021121181421854030
00000037373737446064698110211211814218500
00000037373737526266708910711412016019200
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Grade: PF 70 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 933
Owner: BBRYANTJR
 
Grade: PF 70 UC
Points: 933
Owner: Bruce Laquster
 
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