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17 Sep 2021

Bicentennial Coins, 1976, 2004, 2005 and 2009

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Occasionally, on the street or in your change, you might find a bicentennial coin. In this article, I will talk about bicentennial coins in the years 1976, 2004, 2005 and 2009. 1st. 1975 and 1976 In 1975 and 1976, the Mint issued a bicentennial quarter, half dollar and dollar coin. On the quarter, instead of Independence Hall, the Mint put a drummer boy on the reverse, pictured as a Revolutionary War soldier. Another name for this coin is the Drummer Boy quarter. For the half dollar and dollar coin, Seth Huntington designed the reverse off a sketch! For more information on Independence Hall, read my previous article Historic places on the reverse of coins in America. The Kennedy half dollar and Eisenhower dollar have , in my opinion, a more detailed reverse because both of these coins are bigger coins than the quarter. 2nd.2004 and 2005 In 2004 and 2005, the U.S Mint created four bicentennial nickels for the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark expedition and since it was Jefferson's idea and it was in his presidency, these reversesare put on the coin that has honored Jefferson, the nickel. The 2004 versions show an adapted version of a Peace Medal given to the Indians on their way to Oregon in the Lewis and Clark expedition , and a Keelboat that is in the design of a similar boat Lewis and Clark used while traveling on the rivers on their trail. In 2005, an American Bison was shown because they were amazed by this creature and on the nickel then the last nickel says Clark's famous words, "Ocean in View! O! The Joy!" when the travelers saw that their journey was about to come to an end to get to the Pacific,and then the had the long journey to Missouri. 3rd.2009In 2009, the Mint decided to create 4 new reverses to celebrate Lincoln's 200th birthday. They show a log cabin, young Lincoln reading, Illinois's State Capitol and the U.S Capitol dome being constructed. These reverses replaced Frank Gasparro's version of the Lincoln Memorial, celebrating Lincoln's 150th birthday, which had replaced the Wheat Ears reverse that celebrated Lincoln's 100th birthday. These honor his 200th birthday , and each reverse shows a time in his life. The log cabin for his childhood, Young Abe reading when he is a young man, the State Capitol of Illinois for his professional career and the State Capitol dome being constructed in Lincoln's inauguration. If you liked this article, be sure to comment so I can see who appreciates my articles!Sources: The Red Book by R.S Yeoman, Coins and Paper Money by Allen G. Berman , Coin Collecting for Dummies:A Reference for the Rest of Us! By Ron Guth , Google Search.



Level 5

Someone I know was born in 1975, and they were very mad they couldn’t get a proof set in the year of their birth. I tried to offer to get a ‘76 set, but they declined.


Level 6

Great coins! Enjoyed your blog! ; )


Level 6

Great info. Thanks.

It's Mokie

Level 6

I enjoyed collecting all those circulating commemoratives. The Mint needs to do more of that. The new Washington Crossing the Delaware is the first of the 250th anniversary coins in my opinion, I cannot wait to see the rest. Thanks for an excellent blog.


Level 6

These coins tell some great stories. Would make a nice exhibit.


Level 5

Nice information. I have a few bicentennial sets. Didn't know about so many bicentennial coins. Thanks


Level 4

Yeah I do, Ac coin$, I have the 1976 Drummer Boy quarter, the bicentennial nickels and pennies but no bicentennial half dollars or Eisenhower dollars.

AC coin$

Level 6

Great information I have two bicentennials. Nice that you got them into your collection.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

All of these are wonderful coins!


Level 7

The Quarter you mention was part of a three coin set. All designed by regular citizens in a contest the mint had. The three winners won five thousand dollars a piece and there initials were out on them. . The mint made many medals with the 1975 years on them.. The set had two dates.. Thank you for your information .

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