1986-S Statue of Liberty Proof Half Dollar
This coin was issued as part of a commemorative coin program authorized by a July 9, 185 law which called for a half dollar, silver dollar, and $5 gold coin to mark the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty in New York City. Each coin was minted in both proof and uncirculated finishes, and the coins were sold in a variety of options from individually to two-coin sets with the half dollar and dollar coins to three coin sets of each coin in each finish and also six-coin sets with one of each option.
The 1986 copper-nickel, or clad, half dollar for the Statue of Liberty is the first modern commemorative half dollar struck in this metal and only the second half dollar after the 1982 silver George Washington half dollar. It was designed by Edgar Steever and Sheryl Winter.
These coins were intended to raise money for the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, which is where the surcharges from the sale of the coin went. The coin was a huge success in large part because of strong marketing efforts by the Mint and by the foundation, which was headed by Lee Iacocca, Chrysler CEO.
The half dollar coin was also a success because its design resonated with so many people and because the coin was so affordable. It was the brainchild of David Ganz, an attorney and numismatist, who wrote the legislation creating the program.
The proof half dollar had a maximum authorized mintage of 25 million coins, but 6,925,627 were sold, making it the best-selling modern commemorative ever.
Why purchase the State of Liberty 1986-S half dollar in NGC PF69 UC?
NGC has graded 11,531 of these coins, and 93% or 10,697 of them are proof 69 coins with just 674 proof 70 coins (6%). Proof 70 examples of this issue are scarce and expensive coins. The U.S. Mint had much less experience striking such coins in 1986 than it does today, so 70 examples are hard to come by. This proof 69 example is a much more affordable version of this popular coin depicting one of the most iconic American landmarks that greeted millions of immigrants arriving by ship for so many years.
This 1986-S Statue of Liberty Commemorative Half Dollar Proof NGC PF69 UC is proudly minted by the U.S. Mint. The United States Mint was founded in 1792 and manufactures circulating, collectible, and bullion coinage.
|Year of Issue:||1986|
|Weight in Grams:||11.43 g|
|Weight in Ounces:||1/4 oz|
|Legal Tender:||United States|
|Obverse Design:||Sun rising behind Statue of Liberty|
|Reverse Design:||Immigrant family|
|Reverse Designer/Engraver:||Edgar Z. Steever|
|Obverse Designer/Engraver:||Sheri Joseph Winter|