2002-W West Point Bicentennial Silver Dollar PCGS MS69 Mercanti Signed

2002-W West Point Bicentennial Silver Dollar PCGS MS69 Mercanti Signed
2002-W West Point Bicentennial Silver Dollar PCGS MS69 Mercanti Signed 2002-W West Point Bicentennial Silver Dollar PCGS MS69 Mercanti Signed 2002-W West Point Bicentennial Silver Dollar PCGS MS69 Mercanti Signed 2002-W West Point Bicentennial Silver Dollar PCGS MS69 Mercanti Signed
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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
Country United States
Composition Silver
Purity 0.9000
Condition
Graded
Coins that are inspected, evaluated and graded by an independent, third party grading service. After a grade is assigned, each coin is sonically sealed in an acrylic "slab," preserving the coin's condition.
Grade
MS69
The second-highest grade a coin can obtain, based off the internationally accepted 70-point Sheldon grading scale. A distinction of Mint State-69, otherwise known as MS69, means your almost-flawless coin showcases an impressive full strike and indistinguishable imperfections. With quality well above of the majority of coins in their respective series, many collectors prefer MS69-graded coins for their balance of collector status and affordability.
Pedigree
Mercanti Signed
Since 1792, there have ONLY been 12 official and prominent Chief Engravers of the U.S. Mint. This prestigious position is highly important as the Chief Engraver oversees the production of all coinage for circulation and for collectors. John Mercanti was the Chief Engraver from 2006 to 2010 but started at the Mint in 1974. John Mercanti has produced more coin and medal designs than any employee in United States Mint history (dating back to 1792). He designed the reverse of the Silver Eagle and the obverse of the Platinum Eagle that has been struck in proof condition annually since 1997. He designed quite a few modern gold and silver commemoratives in addition to five states in the States Quarter Program. As a testament to his legacy at the U.S. Mint, the coin's label prominently features his hand-signed signature.
Denomination 1.00
Currency Type Dollar
Mint Name
West Point - W
Built in 1937 and located near the U.S. Military Academy in New York, the West Point Mint began as a silver bullion depository. Then, from 1973 to 1986, the location was home to cent production with gold medallions joining the line in 1980. The facility was finally established as an official United States Branch Mint in 1988, and today the West Point Mint is home to the production of Gold, Silver and Platinum Eagles in both Proof and Uncirculated conditions.
U.S. Mint
Created by the United States Congress through the Coinage Act of 1792, the United States Mint opened its first building in Philadelphia in 1793. Today, the U.S. Mint strikes circulating coins, as well as special collector coins and sets at the "Mother Mint" of Philadelphia and the branch mints of Denver, San Francisco and West Point.
Coin Weight 26.73 Grams - g
Weight 1 Ounce - oz
Dimensions 38.1mm
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