½ Dollar Congress

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

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Features

Country United States
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1989
Value 1/2 Dollar = 50 Cents (0.50 USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Copper-nickel clad copper
Weight 11.340 g
Diameter 30.61 mm
Thickness 2 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
References KM# 224
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248979.
  • Thomas Michael (editor), Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248573.
  • Thomas Michael (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247064.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900 (9th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248955.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000 (47th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248962.

Commemorative issue

200th Anniversary of the Congress

Obverse

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

Lettering:
BICENTENNIAL OF THE CONGRESS
1789 1989
IN GOD WE TRUST
LIBERTY

Engraver: Patricia Lewis Verani

Reverse

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

Lettering:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
E PLURIBUS UNUM
HALF DOLLARั

Engravers: William Woodward, Edgar Z.Steever

Edge

Reeded

Comments

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 10.72 7.55 34%
1989 S 767,897 6.89 77% Proof

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