The US Mint started to manufacture commemorative coins in 1892 to commemorate prominent individuals and events in the history of the country. The first of these coins marked the 400th anniversary of the expedition across the Atlantic by Christopher Columbus.
Over the next 62 years, the mint continued to manufacture numerous commemorative coins. Production of these coins ceased from 1954 until 1982 when the George Washington Fifty Cent Piece was issued to mark the nation's first president's 250th birthday. Additional designs include the Constitution of the United States, the bicentennial of the US Congress, the 50th anniversary of World War II, the Bill of Rights, Jamestown's 400th anniversary, and more.
A number of commemorative coins in a variety of denominations, including $5 gold coins, are issued by the mint. These US commemorative coins, while not made for general circulation, are considered legal tender. The selling of these coins aims to support a number of public initiatives.
Each coin is shipped in a protective, plastic capsule. Each contains .24187 troy ounces of pure gold and carries a $5 face value.
This is a great opportunity to pick up a collectible gold coin from the US Mint!