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  • 1 Dollar 1992, KM# 234, United States of America (USA), Barcelona 1992 Summer Olympics, Baseball
  • 1 Dollar 1992, KM# 234, United States of America (USA), Barcelona 1992 Summer Olympics, Baseball
Description

The 1992 Olympic Silver Dollar was issued for the Games of the XXV Olympiad. Surcharges raised from the sale of the clad, silver and gold commemorative coins included in the program were used to help train American athletes.

The 1992 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXV Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event played in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain in 1992. Beginning in 1994, the International Olympic Committee decided to hold the games in alternating even-numbered years; as a result, the 1992 Summer Olympics were the last competition to be staged in the same year as the Winter Olympics. The games were the first to be unaffected by boycotts since 1972.

Obverse

Depicts a baseball player throwing a pitch. The image is remarkably similar to an image of Nolan Ryan which appeared on a 1991 Fleer baseball card. The designer of the coin John R. Deecken denied that there was any connection. Inscriptions on the obverse include “Liberty”, “In God We Trust”, “1992”, and “USA” with the Olympic rings.

Baseball at the 1992 Summer Olympics marked the debut of baseball as an official medal sport at the Olympics. Eight nations competed, with the preliminary phase consisting of each team playing every other team. Playoffs were then held, with the four highest ranked teams advancing. For the semifinals, the first place team played the fourth place team, and the second place team played against the third place team. The winners of those semifinals competed against each other for the gold medal, with the loser getting the silver medal. The teams defeated in the semifinals played a match for the bronze medal. Cuba won gold, with Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) winning silver, and Japan winning bronze.

Design: John R. Deecken
Modelling: Chester Young Martin

L I B E R T Y
USA
IN GOD WE
TRUST
JRD•CYM
1992

Reverse

Depicts the Union Shield with olive branches to each side and the Olympic rings placed above. A banner beneath the shield and across the olive branches includes the motto “E Pluribus Unum”. The remaining inscriptions are “United States of America” above and “One Dollar” below.

Design: Marcel Jovine

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
USA
S
E PLURIBUS UNUM
ONE DOLLAR

Edge

For the Denver Mint only the coin features edge lettering. “XXV Olympiad” is written four times around the edge against a reeded background. This is the first time edge lettering had been used for a commemorative coin issue of the United States.

XXV Olympiad ~ XXV Olympiad ~ XXV Olympiad ~ XXV Olympiad ~

Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Silver
Fineness 0.900
Weight 26.73 g
Diameter 38.1 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Mints
Denver Mint (D)
San Francisco Mint (S)

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