Coin Specifications

Category: Modern Commemoratives (1982-Date)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 110,428
Catalog: KM-281
Obverse Designer: Al Maletsky
Reverse Designer: Al Maletsky
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.73g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $12.55 (5/25/2016)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1997 P LAW OFFICERS S$1 PF obverse 1997 P LAW OFFICERS S$1 PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC on October 15, 1991. It recognizes the more than 14,000 peace officers of all public services killed in the line of duty. To provide funding for the maintenance of this memorial and for scholarships to slain officer’s families, in 1996 Congress authorized the coining of up to 500,000 commemorative silver dollars. A surcharge of $10 per coin was included within the sales price of each silver dollar, and this issue was offered from September 19, 1997 through December 15, 1998.

The obverse of this coin is derived from a photograph taken at the memorial by Larry Rugeri. It shows U. S. Park Police Officers Kelcy Stephansson and Robert Chelsey making a pencil rubbing of a fellow officer’s name. Designed and sculpted by the U. S. Mint’s Al Maletsky, his initials appear below the memorial tablet. Arcing around the upper border is the inscription “NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS MEMORIAL,” and this circle is completed with “LIBERTY” and the date of coining. The statutory motto “IN GOD WE TRUST” is placed above the two figures.

Maletsky also drew and sculpted the reverse design, which features the memorial’s logo. The shield represents all law enforcement officers, while the rose superimposed over it symbolizes the sacrifice of the fallen. The motto “TO SERVE AND PROTECT” is below the shield, and these elements are flanked at left and right by single oak branches. The coin’s mintmark is centered below the central devices, with statutory legends completing this side.

Both editions of this silver dollar were coined at the Philadelphia Mint. The modest sales of this issue were in line with other commemoratives of the time, the proofs outselling the uncirculated coins almost four to one.

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1997 P LAW OFFICERS S$1 PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 39.60 44.00 50.60 55.20 62.50 65.00 67.50 71.25 81.25 325

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1597
Low Grade: 65
Average Grade: 69
High Grade: 70


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11/5/2008 PCGS PF 70   Ultra Cameo Teletrade Auction 2608, 2608/Lot# 1775 $575.00
11/17/2011 PCGS PF 70   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions Thursday Modern Coin Auctions Session(1), 241147/Lot# 18331 $322.00
12/18/2011 NGC PF 69   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131152/Lot# 28498 $47.00
7/19/2012 PCGS PF 70   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions Thursday Modern Coin Auctions Session(1), 241230/Lot# 15157 $230.00
10/7/2012 PCGS PF 69   Ultra Cameo GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/07/2012, 43/Lot# 55985 $93.50
4/28/2013 PCGS PF 70   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131319/Lot# 20585 $352.50
11/2/2014 PCGS PF 69   Ultra Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10663 $49.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1997 P LAW OFFICERS S$1 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3737373737373737373737127131147167183205212308333404751
37373737373737373737671281361541721902072443163575200
000000373737376712813615417219020724431635700
000000373737379713014216017819821027632538000
1997 P LAW OFFICERS S$1 PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3737373737373737373737143147163186201223234336363439807
37373737373737373737721441521711912082272683453885620
000000373737377214415217119120822726834538800
0000003737373710814615817819621623030235441400
1997 P LAW OFFICERS S$1 PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3737373737373737373737159163179205220248255366395477865
37373737373737373737781601681882102292502923764226060
000000373737377816016818821022925029237642200
0000003737373711816217419621523925332938545000
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Grade: PF 70 UC
Points: 865
Owner: Bruce Laquster
 
Grade: PF 70 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 865
Owner: Eagles-R-it
 
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