The United States Bicentennial coinage is a set of circulating commemorative coins, consisting of a quarter, half dollar and dollar struck by the United States Mint in 1975 and 1976. Regardless of when struck, each coin bears the double date 1776–1976, commemorating 200 years of American independence.
Given past abuses in the system, the Mint advocated against the issuance of commemorative coins starting in the 1950s. Beginning in 1971, members of Congress introduced bills to authorize coins to honor the United States Bicentennial, which would occur in 1976. The Mint, through its director, Mary Brooks, initially opposed such proposals, but later supported them, and Congress passed legislation requiring the temporary redesign of the reverse of the quarter, half dollar and dollar. A special design for the reverse of the half dollar was issued for the United States Bicentennial and was struck in 1975 and 1976.
Coin Weight: 11.34 g
Metal Content: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel clad over pure Copper center
Coin Year: 1976
Available Sizes: 7 – 15