The 1995 XXVI Olympiad Gymnastics Commemorative Silver Dollar was one of sixteen coins released by the US Mint to celebrate the 1996 Olympic Games held in Atlanta, Georgia. Eight of these coins were silver dollars like the gymnastics strike, whereas four were clad half dollars and four were $5 gold coins.
Gymnastics are one of the most popular sporting events that are included as part of the Summer Olympic Games and have been a part of the Olympics since the modern games began in 1896. However, only men were allowed to compete in them for the first 32 years.
Artistic gymnastics are likely the most watched of all the related events. For them, the participants perform short routines showcasing a wide variety of technical skills.
Silver Dollar Information
The 1996 Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games Commemorative Coin Act (Public Law 102-390) authorized all of the XXVI Olympiad coins released by the US Mint. However, the entire series experienced relatively low mintages owing to the fact that so many commemorative coins were released in such a short period of time.
These Gymnastic Silver Dollars had the highest mintage of any of the eight Olympic Silver Dollars released. In total, 225,173 of the coins were issued – 182,676 proof and 42,497 uncirculated
The obverse of this coin was designed by James C. Sharpe and shows the sport of men’s gymnastics. Shown is one person competing in a still rings competition with another behind him poised for to compete. Also shown are the inscriptions of LIBERTY, 1995, IN GOD WE TRUST and the USA Olympic logo.
The reverse shows two hands clasped underneath the 100th anniversary Olympic logo and was designed by William Krawczewicz and sculpted by T. James Ferrell. Included as well are the inscriptions of UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ATLANTA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, ONE DOLLAR and a ‘P’ or a ‘D’ mintmark. This same reverse was used for all four of the 1995 released Olympiad Silver Dollars.
Proof Gymnastics Silver Dollars were struck at the US Mint’s facility in Philadelphia, uncirculated at the US Mint’s facility in Denver.
The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, Inc. and the United States Olympic Committee split the surcharges that were raised by the sale of the coins.
1995 XXVI Gymnastics Silver Dollar Coin Specifications
|Composition:||90% silver, 10% copper|
|Total Estimated Mintage:||182,676 Proof, 42,497 Uncirculated|
|Minting Facility:||Denver (D), Philadelphia (P)|
|Obverse Design:||Image of Two Men Competing in Gymnastics|
|Obverse Designer:||James C. Sharpe|
|Reverse Design:||Two Hands Clasped Underneath Olympic Logo|
|Reverse Designer / Engraver:||William Krawczewicz / T. James Ferrell|