Obverse. Photo © PCGS
  • 5 Dollars 1992, KM# 235, United States of America (USA), Barcelona 1992 Summer Olympics, Athletics
  • 5 Dollars 1992, KM# 235, United States of America (USA), Barcelona 1992 Summer Olympics, Athletics
Description

The 1992 Olympic $5 Gold Coin was issued to commemorate the participation of the United States in the 1992 Summer Olympics Games. The program also included a clad half dollar and silver dollar, with surcharges raised from sales used to help train American athletes.

Promotional materials distributed by the United States Mint included a large hologram with the design of the gold coin. When the brochure is moved, it appears that the sprinter is running forward.

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 male sprinter in a burst of speed. An American flag appears in the background oriented vertically, reminiscent of a track. The inscriptions include “Liberty” above, “1992” and “In God We Trust” to the right, and the Olympic rings with “USA” to the left.

At the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, 43 events in athletics were contested, 24 events by men and 19 by women. Fourteen world record-holders (eight men and six women) were among the contenders. Thirty former Olympic champions competed, and a total number of 1725 athletes from 156 countries.

Design: James Sharpe
Modelling: T. James Ferrell

LIBERTY
USA
1992
IN GOD
WE TRUST
JCS TJF

Reverse

Depicts a heraldic eagle with wings spread, a shield at its breast reading “E Pluribus Unum”, and an olive branch and bundle of arrows grasped in its talons. The Olympic rings and “USA” appear above. The remaining inscriptions read “United States of America” and “Five Dollars”.

Design: James Peed

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
USA
W
E
PLURIBUS
UNUM
JP
FIVE DOLLARS

Edge
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Gold
Fineness 0.900
Weight 8.359 g
Diameter 21.6 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Mint
West Point Mint (W)

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