List of United States commemorative coins and medals (1970s)

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MedalObverse designReverse designMintageAvailableObverseReverse
"George Washington" Sons of Liberty bronze medal [1] George Washington Liberty Tree, Join, or Die cartoon, and symbol of a two shilling six pence stamp Proof:

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Circulating coins

Face valueCoinObverse designReverse designMintageObverseReverse
United States Bicentennial two-cent piece

(cancelled) [2]

25¢ United States Bicentennial quarter George Washington Drummer boy Circulation: [3]

809,784,016 (P)
860,118,839 D

Uncirculated: [4]

3,814,001 (P) (clad)
3,814,001 D (clad)
4,908,319 S (silver)


Proof: [5] [6]

3-4 (P) (silver)
7,059,099 S (clad)
3,998,621 S (silver)

1976 United States Bicentennial quarter obverse.jpg George Washington bicentennial quarter, reverse.jpg
50¢ United States Bicentennial half dollar John F. Kennedy Independence Hall Circulation: [7]

234,308,000 (P)
287,565,248 D

Uncirculated: [4]

3,814,001 (P) (clad)
3,814,001 D (clad)
4,908,319 S (silver)

Proof: [5] [8]

3-4 (P) (silver)
7,059,099 S (clad)
3,998,621 S (silver)

1976-S 50C Clad Deep Cameo (obv).jpg 1976-S 50C Clad Deep Cameo (rev).jpg
$1 United States Bicentennial


Dwight D. Eisenhower Liberty Bell and the Moon Circulation: [9]

25,067,710 (P)
103,228,274 D

Uncirculated: [4]

3,814,001 (P) (clad)
3,814,001 D (clad)
4,908,319 S (silver)

Proof: [5] [10] [11]

4-5 (P) (silver)
7,059,099 S (clad)
3,998,621 S (silver)

1976S Eisenhower Obverse.jpg 1976S Type1 Eisenhower Reverse.jpg

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American Silver Eagle Silver bullion coin of the United States

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American Platinum Eagle Platinum bullion coin of the United States

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Seated Liberty dollar United States silver dollar coin minted from 1840–1873

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Kennedy half dollar 50-cent piece depicting John F Kennedy minted after his assassination in 1963

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West Point Mint Branch of the United States Mint

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Washington quarter US 25-cent coin minted since 1932

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America the Beautiful quarters Series of U.S. coins

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Below are the mintage figures for the Washington quarter.

Kennedy half dollar mintage figures

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American Innovation dollars Series of US dollar coins

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