# 1239 - Modern American Silver Dollar Commemoratives - Part 5

We will now continue a series that I published almost two years ago, "The Modern American Silver Commemorative Dollars".

This will be a little different series, because the photos are new (I hope better than the old ones) and the text will be different (of course the basics are the same).

The info below comes mostly from: https://moderncommemoratives.com/

"The United States Modern Commemorative Coin program began in 1982. That year, the US Mint released commemorative half dollar coins to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of George Washington. Since that date, commemorative coins have been issued nearly every year to celebrate famous American people, places, events, and institutions.

Each commemorative coin program is authorized under an Act of Congress. The Act typically specifies the subject to be commemorated, the denomination of coins to be issued, and the maximum authorized mintage for each. Additionally, most commemorative coin programs include surcharges added to the cost of each coin, which will be distributed to specified beneficiary organizations or fund projects that benefit the community."

All coins weight 26.73g with 90% silver purity. They were issued in Proof and Brilliant Uncirculated finish.

They will be presented in the order they were minted, but only one of each design. I will alternate the Proofs with the Brilliant Uncirculated.

The fifth is the 1988-D MS70 "Olympic".

The 1988 Olympic Silver Dollar was issued to commemorate the participation of the United States in the 1988 Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea. A portion of the purchase price of each coin was paid to the United States Olympic Committee to support training of American athletes.

PCGS graded 2,741 1988-D "Olympic", with 117 as MS70. 191,360 1988-D "Olympic" were minted in Denver.

I bought this coin in 2014 for $300.00 and today's price is around $275.00. The issue price was $27.00.

The obverse design for the coin features one hand holding the Statue of Liberty’s torch and the other holding an Olympic torch. The two flames merge together with olive branches framing the scene.
The obverse was designed by Patricia Lewis Verani.


On the reverse of the coin the Olympic rings appear centrally with “USA” above and another pair of olive branches framing the scene.
The reverse was designed by Sherl Joseph Winter.


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