The Gold US Mint Commemorative Arts Medal was the first US gold sold to the public since gold circulation coins were halted in 1933. Rising demand among those who buy gold and the embargos around the globe on Gold Krugerrands pushed the US to release something for gold enthusiasts. Right now, 1/2 oz Gold US Mint Commemorative Arts Medals are available to purchase online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you inside of protective packages!
- Issued by the US Mint between 1980 and 1984!
- Consists of One-Half Troy ounce of actual gold content.
- The obverse face includes the portrait of an American artist.
- On the reverse is artwork reflective of the artist on the obverse.
- Please note that you might receive multiples of the same design in this listing if you order more than one medal.
Silver.com offers you the chance to purchase a 1/2 oz Gold US Mint Commemorative Arts Medal through this product listing. The medals available here come in protective packaging and feature one-half Troy ounce of .900 gold content. The medals are not coinage or legal tender in the United States, but do represent the first gold options offered by the mint since 1933.
Our warehouse team will select your 1/2 oz Gold US Mint Commemorative Arts Medal at random when you purchase through this listing. We cannot reserve a specific design or date mark. Instead, when your payment is processed we will select your product at that time based upon availability in our warehouse.
The US Mint Commemorative Medals featured 10 designs in total. Five of those designs were issued on 1 oz gold products and the other five on these 1/2 oz gold medals. Various artists worked with the US Mint to produce artwork for the 10 designs, with each one representing a different prominent American artist. Two former Chief Engravers of the United States Mint worked on the collection. Frank Gasparro, 10th Chief Engraver, produced both the 1980 1 oz and 1/2 oz designs. John Mercanti, 12th Chief Engraver, produced the 1982 1 oz design, as well as both the 1 oz and 1/2 oz 1984 designs.
On the obverse of these Gold US Mint Commemorative Arts Medals is the bust of a prominent American artist. The designs available in the 1/2 oz series include, in order, the images of Marian Anderson, Willa Cather, Frank Lloyd Wright, Alexander Calder, and John Steinbeck. The 1980 and 1981 issues had only the artist’s name on the obverse, while the 1982 to 1984 issues also had the nation of issue and a date mark included.
The reverse face of the 1/2 oz Gold US Mint Commemorative Arts Medals features a design reflective of the individual on the obverse. The 1981 issue of Willa Cather has a reverse design depicting a woman plowing a field. The 1982 design has Fallingwater, a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in rural Pennsylvania.
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