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The George Washington 250th Anniversary half dollar was the first modern United States commemorative coin. Production of traditional commemorative coins had previously ended in 1954 with the Carver-Washington half dollar.
Unlike most subsequent modern commemoratives, the George Washington Half Dollars were produced in anticipation of sales throughout 1982 and 1983, although all coins were dated 1982. When the US Mint finally stopped accepting orders for the coins on December 31, 1985, a quantity of more than one million unsold coins were melted. Nonetheless, the program achieved a profit of more than $36 million, which was deposited into the Treasury General Fund.
Design: Elizabeth Jones
Depicts George Washington riding a horse.
Depicts Eastern facade of Washington’s home at Mount Vernon, with a heraldic eagle appearing below.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA