Coin Specifications

Category: Modern Commemoratives (1982-Date)
Mint: West Point
Mintage: 22,511
Obverse Designer: Laura Garden Fraser
Reverse Designer: Laura Garden Fraser
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $433.05 (11/28/2020)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1999 W GEORGE WASHINGTON $5 MS obverse 1999 W GEORGE WASHINGTON $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Just as a circulating commemorative quarter dollar was issued in 1932 on the bicentennial of Washington's birth, so too was a non-circulating issue minted for collectors in 1999 to mark the bicentennial of his death. On October 20, 1996 Congress authorized the striking of up to 100,000 gold half eagles to be coined and dated 1999. Proceeds from the sale of this issue would go to the Mount Vernon Ladies Association, which oversees the preservation of George and Martha Washington's Virginia house and grounds of that same name. George Washington has come to be known as "The Father of His Country," and with good reason. Not only did he lead the Continental Army throughout the War of Independence, with its many highs and lows, he then served as the federal republic's first president. He could have held this office for life if he desired, but Washington set the important precedent of relinquishing power after two terms. Rather than prepare an entirely new design for the 1999 coin, the U. S. Mint revived one that had been submitted for the quarter dollar design competition in 1931. In fact, this same design, submitted by Laura Gardin Fraser, was the one selected by both the judges and the Commission of Fine Arts as the winner of that earlier contest. The final selection, however, was the prerogative of Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon, and he chose the work of another finalist over the Fraser design. Though Laura Gardin Fraser would not live to see it, her superb models finally saw form as a finished coin in 1999. The obverse features a bold rendering of the Jean Antoine Houdon bust of George Washington which is preserved at Mount Vernon. Washington faces right, with the date and mint of coining below. Fraser's initials are at the truncation of the bust, and statutory mottoes complete this side. For the reverse, U. S. law required the placement of an eagle on the quarter dollar, and Fraser created a very bold, heraldic presentation that is quite similar to what one might find on a public building erected in the 1930s. The eagle grasps in its right talons the arrows of war and in its left the olive branch of peace, an accidental reversal of these design elements that has occurred in United States coinage from time to time. Thirteen stars are arranged in a constellation above the eagle, while purely statutory legends balance the design above and below the central device. As is typical for gold coins, both the uncirculated and proof editions of the George Washington Half Eagle were struck at the U. S. Mint in West Point, New York. Due to the aesthetic and historic appeal of Fraser's vintage design, this coin was a relatively good seller as compared to similar offerings of the late 1990s. As is the norm, the proof pieces outsold uncirculated coins by a considerable margin.

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Last Updated: 1/23/2020

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1999 W $5 GEORGE WASHINGTON MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 400 450 600

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1525
Low Grade: 66
Average Grade: 69
High Grade: 70

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1999 W $5 GEORGE WASHINGTON MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1999 W $5 GEORGE WASHINGTON MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base733758785813840870900930961994102710601062106310641066106710691072107616092335
7417677948228508809109409721005103810601062106310641066106710701073125318512452
0000009109409721005103810601062106310641066106710701073125300
0000009209509831016104910611062106310651066106810711074143100
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Grade: MS 70
Points: 2335
Owner: Alaska Coin Nut
 
Grade: MS 70
Points: 2335
Owner: Alex J. Llorente
 
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