The 2007 Jamestown 400th Anniversary Silver Dollar was the first silver commemorative coin issued by the United States Mint in 2007. The commemorative coins were struck from 90% silver and were issued in both proof and uncirculated condition along with a $5 gold coin which also celebrated the founding of the historic site.
Three ships carrying 105 settlers of the Virginia Company of London made landfall in the present-day state of Virginia in the spring of 1607 at a site known as Jamestown. The group was charged with the task of creating the first permanent English settlement in North America, a mission they accomplished through many hardships. These coins were issued to commemorate that founding four hundred years earlier.
Silver Dollar Information
The coins were authorized by the Jamestown 400th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-289). It called for no more than 500,000 silver dollar coins composed from 90% silver to a diameter of 1.5 inches with a weight of 26.73 grams.
A surcharge of $10 was collected on the sale of each silver dollar at the direction of the authorizing legislation. 50% of the amount received from the surcharges was to be "used to support programs to promote the understanding of the legacies of Jamestown and for such purpose shall be paid to the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation of the Commonwealth of Virginia," according to the coin act.
The remaining 50% was to be paid in equal shares to the Secretary of the Interior, the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation of the Commonwealth of Virginia to aid in the preservations of historic landmark.
Shown on the obverse of each silver dollar is a design depicting the "three faces of diversity" representing the cultures that bonded together to insure the landing was not a failure. It was designed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Donna Weaver and sculpted by Don Everhart.
The reverse shows the Susan Constant, the Godspeed and the Discovery — the three ships that carried the English settlers to Virginia. It was designed by United States Mint AIP Master Designer Susan Gamble and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Charles Vickers.
2007 Jamestown Silver Dollar Coin Specifications
|Composition:||90% silver, 10% copper|
|Total Estimated Mintage:||500,000 across all product options|
|Minting Facility:||Philadelphia (P)|
|Obverse Design:||Three Faces of Diversity|
|Obverse Designer /
|Donna Weaver /
|Reverse Design:||Ships: Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery|
|Reverse Designer /
|Susan Gamble /