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2004 Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Silver Dollar Coin
CoinTrapTM Commentary: As explorers, pioneers, statesmen, peacemakers, and adventurers, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark opened up an entire new world to the west as they led about three dozen men and Sacagawea, a young Shoshone woman, and her infant son, on a arduous journey of nearly 8,000 miles.
The Lewis & Clark Bicentennial silver coin had a maximum mintage of 500,000. The obverse depicts Captains Lewis and Clark on a stream bank planning another day of exploration. Lewis is seen holding his rifle in one hand and his journal in the other.
The reverse features two feathers representing the many American Indian cultures touched by the Corps of Discovery, the official name of Lewis & Clark’s group. It also features an image of the original Jefferson Peace Medal gifted to American Indian nations during the expedition on behalf of President Jefferson. 17 stars representing the number of states in the Union in 1804 hover above two clasped hands.
Coin Value: What is the value of your Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Silver Dollar coin? Like almost always--it depends. The Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Corp Silver Dollar coin worth or value depends on these main factors: (1) your coin’s grade, (2) whether it is a proof coin (Deep Cameo or DCAM) having a mirror-like polished finish, and (3) scarcity/demand. Regarding your coin’s grade, it has become a standard in the field of numismatics (coin collecting) to grade coins on a point-scale from 1 (poor) to 70 (perfect). This is also referred to as the “Mint State” or just “MS” for short. Click here to find the up-to-date estimated value of your Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Silver dollar coin from the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS®), which takes all three factors mentioned above into account*. If you do not know the grade of your Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Silver coin, you can take it to your local coin dealer and ask that they have it graded at one of the three major coin grading services.
Obverse - Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Silver Dollar Coin
Engraver: Donna Weaver
Reverse - Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Silver Dollar Coin
Engraver: Donna Weaver
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Public Law 106-126
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TITLE <<NOTE: Lewis and Clark Expedition Bicentennial Commemorative Coin
Act. 31 USC 5112 note.>> III--LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION COMMEMORATIVE
SEC. 301. SHORT TITLE.
This title may be cited as the ``Lewis and Clark Expedition
Bicentennial Commemorative Coin Act''.
SEC. 302. FINDINGS.
The Congress finds that--
(1) the expedition commanded by Meriwether Lewis and William
Clark, which came to be called ``The Corps of Discovery'', was
one of the most remarkable and productive scientific and
military exploring expeditions in all American history;
(2) President Thomas Jefferson gave Lewis and Clark the
mission to ``explore the Missouri River & such principal stream
of it, as, by its course and communication with the waters of
the Pacific Ocean, whether the Columbia, Oregon, Colorado, or
any other river may offer the most direct and practical water
communication across this continent for the purposes of
(3) the Expedition, in response to President Jefferson's
directive, greatly advanced our geographical knowledge of the
continent and prepared the way for the extension of the American
fur trade with American Indian tribes throughout the land;
(4) President Jefferson directed the explorers to take note
of and carefully record the natural resources of the newly
acquired territory known as Louisiana, as well as diligently
report on the native inhabitants of the land;
(5) the Expedition departed St. Louis, Missouri on May 14,
(6) the Expedition held its first meeting with American
Indians at Council Bluff near present-day Fort Calhoun,
Nebraska, in August 1804, spent its first winter at Fort Mandan,
North Dakota, crossed the Rocky Mountains by the mouth of the
Columbia River in mid-November of that year,
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and wintered at Fort Clatsop, near the present-day city of
(7) the Expedition returned to St. Louis, Missouri, on
September 23, 1806, after a 28-month journey covering 8,000
miles during which it traversed 11 future States: Illinois,
Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota,
Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon;
(8) accounts from the journals of Lewis and Clark and the
detailed maps that were prepared by the Expedition enhance
knowledge of the western continent and routes for commerce;
(9) the Expedition significantly enhanced amicable
relationships between the United States and the autonomous
American Indian nations, and the friendship and respect fostered
between American Indian tribes and the Expedition represents the
of diplomacy and relationships between divergent nations and cultures;
(10) the Lewis and Clark Expedition has been called the most
perfect expedition of its kind in the history of the world and
paved the way for the United States to become a great world
SEC. 303. COIN SPECIFICATIONS.
(a) Denomination.--In commemoration of the bicentennial of the Lewis
and Clark Expedition, the Secretary of the Treasury (hereafter in this
title referred to as the ``Secretary'') shall mint and issue not more
than 500,000 $1 coins, each of which shall--
(1) weigh 26.73 grams;
(2) have a diameter of 1.500 inches; and
(3) contain 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper.
(b) Legal Tender.--The coins minted under this title shall be legal
tender, as provided in section 5103 of title 31, United States Code.
(c) Numismatic Items.--For purposes of section 5136 of title 31,
United States Code, all coins minted under this title shall be
considered to be numismatic items.
SEC. 304. SOURCES OF BULLION.
The Secretary may obtain silver for minting coins under this title
from any available source, including stockpiles established under the
Strategic and Critical Materials Stock Piling Act.
SEC. 305. DESIGN OF COINS.
(a) Design Requirements.--
(1) In general.--The design of the coins minted under this
title shall be emblematic of the expedition of Lewis and Clark.
(2) Designation and inscriptions.--On each coin minted under
this title there shall be--
(A) a designation of the value of the coin;
(B) an inscription of the year ``2004'' and the
years ``1804-1806''; and
(C) inscriptions of the words ``Liberty'', ``In God
We Trust'', ``United States of America'', and ``E
(3) Obverse of coin.--The obverse of each coin minted under
this title shall bear the likeness of Meriwether Lewis and
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(4) General design.--In designing this coin, the Secretary
shall also consider incorporating appropriate elements from the
Jefferson Peace and Friendship Medal which Lewis and Clark
presented to the Chiefs of the various Indian tribes they
encountered and shall consider recognizing Native American
(b) Selection.--The design for the coins minted under this title
shall be selected by the Secretary after consultation with the
Commission of Fine Arts and shall be reviewed by the Citizens
Commemorative Coin Advisory Committee.
SEC. 306. ISSUANCE OF COINS.
(a) Quality of Coins.--Coins minted under this title shall be issued
in uncirculated and proof qualities.
(b) Mint Facility.--Only one facility of the United States Mint may
be used to strike any particular quality of the coins minted under this
(c) Period for Issuance.--The Secretary may issue coins minted under
this title only during the period beginning on January 1, 2004, and
ending on December 31, 2004.
SEC. 307. SALE OF COINS.
(a) Sale Price.--The coins issued under this title shall be sold by
the Secretary at a price equal to the sum of--
(1) the face value of the coins;
(2) the surcharge provided in subsection (d) with respect to
such coins; and
(3) the cost of designing and issuing the coins (including
labor, materials, dies, use of machinery, overhead expenses,
marketing, and shipping).
(b) Bulk Sales.--The Secretary shall make bulk sales of the coins
issued under this title at a reasonable discount.
(c) Prepaid Orders.--
(1) In general.--The Secretary shall accept prepaid orders
for the coins minted under this title before the issuance of
(2) Discount.--Sale prices with respect to prepaid orders
under paragraph (1) shall be at a reasonable discount.
(d) Surcharges.--All sales of coins minted under this title shall
include a surcharge of $10 per coin.
SEC. 308. DISTRIBUTION OF SURCHARGES.
(a) In General.--Subject to section 5134(f ) of title 31, United
States Code, the proceeds from the surcharges received by the Secretary
from the sale of coins issued under this title shall be promptly paid by
the Secretary as follows:
(1) National lewis and clark bicentennial council.--Two-
thirds to the National Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Council, for
activities associated with commemorating the bicentennial of the
Lewis and Clark Expedition.
(2) National park service.--One-third to the National Park
Service for activities associated with commemorating the
bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
(b) Audits.--Each organization that receives any payment from the
Secretary under this section shall be subject to the audit requirements
of section 5134(f )(2) of title 31, United States Code.
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SEC. 309. FINANCIAL ASSURANCES.
(a) No Net Cost to the Government.--The Secretary shall take such
actions as may be necessary to ensure that minting and issuing coins
under this title will not result in any net cost to the United States
(b) Payment for Coins.--A coin shall not be issued under this title
unless the Secretary has received--
(1) full payment for the coin;
(2) security satisfactory to the Secretary to indemnify the
United States for full payment; or
(3) a guarantee of full payment satisfactory to the
Secretary from a depository institution whose deposits are
insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or the
National Credit Union Administration Board.
Approved December 6, 1999.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 3373:
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 145 (1999):
Nov. 16, considered and passed House.
Nov. 19, considered and passed Senate.
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