½ Dollar Congress

½ Dollar (Congress) - obverse½ Dollar (Congress) - reverse

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Issuer United States
Period Federal republic (1776-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1989
Value ½ Dollar = 50 Cents (0.50 USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Copper-nickel clad copper
Weight 11.34 g
Diameter 30.61 mm
Thickness 2 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Number N# 17631
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References KM# 224
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States.
And 5 more volumes.

Commemorative issue

200th Anniversary of the Congress


A close up of the bust of Thomas Crawford’s Statue of Freedom, which is found at the peak of the Capital Dome.

Script: Latin

1789 1989

Engraver: Patricia Lewis Verani


A full view of the Capitol Building accentuated with seven stars above and three stars to each side below.

Script: Latin


Engravers: William Woodward, Edgar Z.Steever




D United States Mint, Denver, United States (1906-date)
S United States Mint, San Francisco, United States (1854-date)


The 1989 Congress Bicentennial Half Dollar was issued to mark the 200th anniversary of the operation of Congress under the U.S. Constitution. This was one of three coins issued under the program, which also included a silver dollar and $5 gold coin. Surcharges from the sale of coins went to the Capitol Preservation Fund.

The 1989 Congress Half Dollar was offered in both proof and uncirculated versions. The proof coins were produced at the San Francisco Mint and the uncirculated coins were produced at the Denver Mint. The coins were sold individually or as part of sets including two, three, or six coins. The coins were initially sold at a pre-issue discount price before regular pricing came into effect.

1989-D Uncirculated Congress Half Dollar
Pre-Issue Price: $5.00
Regular Price: $6.00
Final Mintage: 163,753

1989-S Proof Congress Half Dollar
Pre-Issue Price: $7.00
Regular Price: $8.00
Final Mintage: 767,897

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1989 D 163 753 $ 7.50 $ 7.50 35%
1989 S 767 897 $ 6.30 77% Proof

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