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2002-W West Point Bicentennial Silver Dollar PCGS MS69 Mercanti Signed
A Tradition 200 Years in the Making: The 2002 West Point Bicentennial Dollar
The United States Military Academy - or West Point Academy - was originally authorized by President Thomas Jefferson on March 16, 1802. With a mission to educate, train and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, and Country, the academy has worked tirelessly to create future officers in the United States Army. Two hundred years later, where was the 2002-W U.S. West Point Commemorative Silver Dollar struck? Where else but the West Point Mint.
Rich with history and recalling a long and proud tradition, the West Point Bicentennial Dollar is further augmented by its near perfect condition and distinctive packaging, featuring the hand-signed signature of John Mercanti, the 12th U.S. Mint Chief Engraver. Mercanti did more than sign this coin, however. He also designed the reverse. In fact, Mercanti was one of the most prolific designers of any Chief Engraver, producing more coin and medal designs than any employee in U.S. Mint history (more than 100 as of 2006.)
The obverse of the 2002-W West Point Bicentennial Dollar features the Academy Color Guard in parade. Behind the marching men, the Cadet Chapel and Washington Hall stand proudly. Inscriptions on the obverse include "1802 – LIBERTY – 2002," and "IN GOD WE TRUST." Mercanti's reverse features the West Point Bicentennial logo, which consists of a helmet and a sword. An outer circle is inscribed "1802 WEST POINT 2002," and "BICENTENNIAL," while an inner circle contains the words "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" and the denomination "ONE DOLLAR," as well as the "W" mint mark, indicating that the coin was struck at the West Point Mint.
Comprised of .900 Fine Silver, each coin is authenticated and certified by the Professional Coin Grading Service (PGCS) as MS69, a near perfect grade which assures you that your coin is fully struck, with no discernible imperfections. Holding it in your hand, you'll vividly recall two centuries of soldiers who went on to serve the United States proudly, including such Civil War luminaries as Robert E. Lee, George Meade, Joseph Hooker, William T. Sherman, James Longstreet, George McLellan, Stonewall Jackson, Ambrose Burnside, JEB Stuart and George Custer…they all attended West Point, many of them at the same time!
Truly one of the great representations of the grand sweep of U.S. military history, the 2002 $1 West Point Bicentennial Coin can be yours today through GovMint.com. Contact us to add the pride of West Point to your collection!
|Year of Issue||2002|
|Coin Weight||26.73 Grams - g|
|Weight||1 Ounce - oz|