½ Dollar Mt. Rushmore


Issuer United States
Period Federal republic (1776-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1991
Value ½ Dollar = 50 Cents (½ USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Copper-nickel clad copper
Weight 11.34 g
Diameter 30.6 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
References KM# 228
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

50th Anniversary of Mt. Rushmore


Mount Rushmore Memorial, the world’s largest carved stone sculpture. A sunburst appears in the background.

Script: Latin


Engraver: Marvel Jovine


North Western American Bison, also commonly referred to as a buffalo. There are fifty stars positioned around the outer edge of the coin.

Script: Latin


Engraver: Thomas James Ferrell Read more on Wikipedia

T. James Ferrell (born in 1939, in Clayton, New Jersey) graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. In 1969 he joined the staff of medallic artists at the newly founded Franklin Mint. In August 1989, he moved to the United States Mint in Philadelphia.




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


After issuing just a single commemorative coin in the previous year, for 1991 three programs comprising five different coins were authorized. The 1991 Mount Rushmore Half Dollar was issued as part of a program celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Mount Rushmore National Monument. The clad half dollar was issued along with a silver dollar and $5 gold coin.

The Mount Rushmore Half Dollar carried a maximum authorized mintage of 2,500,000. The proof version of the coin was minted at the San Francisco Mint and the uncirculated version at the Denver Mint. The coins were available individually or as part of two, three, or six coin sets incorporating the silver dollar and $5 gold coin.

Half of the surcharges raised through the program were used to enlarge and renovate the memorial. The other half was placed in the Treasury General Fund to reduce the national debt.

1991-D Uncirculated Mount Rushmore Half Dollar
Pre-Issue Price: $6.00
Regular Price: $7.00
Final Mintage: 172,754

1991-S Proof Mount Rushmore Half Dollar
Pre-Issue Price: $8.50
Regular Price: $9.50
Final Mintage: 753,257

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1991 D 172 754 $ 7.40 44%
1991 S 753 257 $ 9.70 72% Proof

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