1996 Smithsonian Proof Silver Dollar
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1996 Smithsonian 150th Anniversary Proof Silver Dollar
Widely regarded as one of the most stunning coins the US Mint has ever produced, the 1996 Smithsonian 150th Anniversary Proof Silver Dollar was issued to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Smithsonian Institution. Established in 1846, the Smithsonian complex holds over 137 million items and is sought out by more than 30 million visitors every year.
The silver dollar, minted in 90% silver and containing 0.7734 Troy oz of silver, has a diameter of 38.1mm and a weight of 26.73 grams. The obverse of the coin was designed by Thomas D. Rogers, Sr. and depicts the elevation of the first Smithsonian Institution building known as the Castle building, with laurel flanking the sides. The reverse, by John Mercanti, features a symbolic goddess sitting atop a globe, carrying the torch of knowledge in one hand and in the other holding a scroll depicting the words "art, history, and science.”
Minted in 1996 by the US Mint, this coin includes the original US Mint packaging with certificate of authenticity. This coin is proof quality which means it meets the highest standards in the industry for craftsmanship. Proof coins are carefully produced to represent the best possible version of the original models. Own the 1996 Smithsonian 150th Anniversary Proof Silver Dollar today and add a handsome coin to your commemorative collection.
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