Coin Specifications

Category: Modern Commemoratives (1982-Date)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 101,543
Catalog: KM-275
Obverse Designer: "Thomas D. Rogers, Sr."
Reverse Designer: William C. Cousins
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.73g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $11.85 (2/10/2016)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1996 S COMM SERVICE S$1 PF obverse 1996 S COMM SERVICE S$1 PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

A common complaint aimed at the commemorative half dollar programs of the 1930s by collectors at the time is that the coins being approved did not have themes of national interest. While the 1996 silver dollar issued in honor of community service was, upon close examination, national in scope, its subject matter was so little known to most people that the coin simply did not resonate with potential buyers. Thus was born one of the rarities within the modern commemorative series.

The obverse of this coin was sculpted by Thomas D. Rogers, Sr. of the Mint’s engraving staff. It features a facing figure of Columbia, emblematic of the USA. She steadies the national shield with her left hand, while in her right she holds a lit, antique lamp from which emanates a burst of rays. Beneath the lamp is the inscription “NATIONAL COMMUNITY SERVICE,” and below this is the date of coining. Rogers’ initials ‘TDR’ are to the left of Columbia’s feet, and the coin’s mintmark is to the right.

A typical criticism of many modern commemoratives is that they look more like award medals than truly numismatic pieces, and this holds true for the reverse of this issue. Prepared by U. S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver William Cousins, the reverse consists of the inscription “SERVICE FOR AMERICA” enclosed within a wreath of olive or laurel. The artist’s initials are seen to the left of the wreath bow, while statutory legends complete this simple arrangement.

Both the uncirculated and proof editions of this silver dollar were struck at the San Francisco Mint, and the ratio of sales was once again the familiar four-to-one in favor of proofs. While this issue likely raised some useful funding for community service projects, it’s doubtful that the Mint’s proceeds from the sale of so few coins were sufficient to compensate it for the cost of preparing models and dies.

Curiously old-fashioned looking, this coin should have appealed to collectors, who are typically quite conservative in their tastes. The obscurity of the subject matter, however, seems to have conspired against this commemorative’s success in terms of sales. The uncirculated edition, in particular, is seldom seen today.

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1996 S COMM SERVICE S$1 PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 22.00 24.20 26.40 29.90 43.75 46.25 48.75 51.25 55.00 240

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1992
Low Grade: 67
Average Grade: 69
High Grade: 70


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3/23/2005 PCGS PF 70   Ultra Cameo Teletrade Auction 2017, 2017/Lot# 1666 $2,860.00
2/5/2012 PCGS PF 70   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131207/Lot# 21718 $207.00
3/1/2012 PCGS PF 69   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions Thursday Modern Coin Auctions Session(1), 241210/Lot# 15556 $40.00
5/20/2012 NGC PF 69   Cameo GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/20/2012, 23/Lot# 52088 $44.00
10/18/2012 PCGS PF 68   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions Thursday Modern Coin Auctions Session(1), 241243/Lot# 18144 $30.00
4/21/2013 PCGS PF 69   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131318/Lot# 29257 $37.00
8/24/2014 PCGS PF 69   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 818, 827/Lot# 863 $34.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1996 S COMM SERVICE S$1 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base373737373737373737373767728185981431511591712121028
3737373737373737373747697582891131461541631854840
00000037373737476975828911314615416318500
00000037373737577078849412814815616719800
1996 S COMM SERVICE S$1 PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3737373737373737373737768189981111591711791862341100
37373737373737373737507884921021271631741812025230
000000373737375078849210212716317418120200
000000373737376379869510714316717618421800
1996 S COMM SERVICE S$1 PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base37373737373737373737378589981061231791861982052551173
373737373737373737375386921011121421811902002225610
0000003737373753869210111214218119020022200
0000003737373769889510311716018419420323800
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Grade: PF 70 UC
Points: 1173
Owner: Bruce Laquster
 
Grade: PF 70 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 1173
Owner: Dharma King
 
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