Whenever I am presented the opportunity and the funds to do it, I collect U.S. Modern Commemorative Coins. Every commemorative coin is authorized under an Act of Congress.
The United States Modern Commemorative Coin program began in 1982. Silver coins have been issued corresponding to and equal in specifications of classic circulating silver dollars. I have a long way to go, but here are the ones I showed in the past:
1997 U.S. Botanic Gardens Commemorative Silver Dollar, Proof
Obverse design: The coin features a rendition of America's national flower - the rose - beneath a detailed rose garland.
Reverse design: The coin features a multi-arched French façade of the U.S. Botanic Garden.
Obverse Inscriptions: UNITED STATES BOTANIC GARDEN, 1820-1995, E PLURIBUS UNUM
Reverse Inscriptions: ONE DOLLAR, 1997, IN GOD WE TRUST, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Mint and Mint Mark: Philadelphia
- Obverse Designer: Edgar Z. Steever
- Reverse Designer: William C. Cousins
Source: U.S. Mint
The United States Botanic Garden is the oldest public garden that has continuously operated in the United States. This coin commemorates the United States Botanic Garden and was released on February 21, 1997 to honor the garden’s 165th anniversary.
Located in Washington, DC, it is a living museum of flowers and plants. During the late 18th century, George Washington had a dream of a national botanic garden and by 1820 President James Monroe signed legislation the creation of the U.S. Botanic Garden.
The U.S. Botanic Garden was formally placed under the jurisdiction of the Joint Committee on the Library of Congress in 1856 and has been administered through the Architect of the Capitol since 1934. The Architect of the Capitol has served as Acting Director of the U.S. Botanic Garden and is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the Garden and for any construction, changes or improvements made. - History of U.S. Botanic Gardens
Here is a visual tour of the U.S. Botanic Gardens from YouTube:
The national flower of the USA is the rose. The reverse of the coin shows a rose garland above a rose.
I have acquired two other commemorative coins which I will show sometime.
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