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1917 $1 McKinley Commemorative PCGS MS65

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  • Title: 1917 $1 McKinley Commemorative PCGS MS65

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William McKinley became the first person to be featured on two different U.S. coins when a commemorative coin bearing his likeness was produced in 1916. The coin was sold at a high premium to fund the National McKinley Birthplace Memorial in Niles, Ohio. At time of release, it was not a particularly popular coin. The mint was authorized to produce 100,000 of the McKinley dollars, but only 20,000 were sold. Ten thousand coins were sent back to the mint to be melted. Although the coin was not well-received at the time, its relative scarcity has made it appealing to investors today. Offered here in MS65 condition as certified by PCGS, this is an attractive a collectible commemorative coin.


U.S. Mint Chief Engraver Charles E. Barber created the design for the front of the coin. The obverse design is a left-facing portrait of President William McKinley. Above the portrait are the words ‘United States of America,’ while below it is the name of the coin, ‘McKinley Dollar.’


The reverse of the coin depicts the McKinley birthplace, along with the date 1917 and the word ‘Memorial.’ Above the birthplace building are the words ‘McKinley Birthplace’ and its location ‘Niles Ohio.’ George T. Morgan designed this reverse, under supervision by Barber.

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