For the second commemorative coin program of 2006, the United States Mint is paying tribute to the San Francisco Old Mint, celebrating the instrumental role it played in the recovery and rebuilding of a great American city.
Public Law 109-230, approved by President George W Bush on 15th June 2006, called for the production and release of this Silver Proof commemorative coin to honour the history and legacy of the building that became known as the "Granite Lady," in this, the 100th anniversary of the terrible tragedy which befell San Francisco in the spring of 1906.
In 1852 President Millard Fillmore approved an Act of Congress establishing a branch of the United States Mint in San Francisco to convert miners’ gold from the California gold rush into coins. The San Francisco Old Mint building, the second building in San Francisco to house the United States Mint there, was designed by architect AB Mullett who also designed the United States Department of the Treasury building and the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. The solid construction of the "Granite Lady" enabled it to survive the 1906 earthquake and fire, making it the only financial institution able to operate immediately after the earthquake as the Treasury for disaster relief funds for the city of San Francisco.
The obverse design of the silver dollar is a rendition of the San Francisco Old Mint, originally prepared for the San Francisco Mint Medal by Sherl J Winter. The reverse design is a replica of the 1904 Morgan Silver Dollar eagle reverse, designed by George T Morgan.
The coin will be struck at the current United States Mint at San Francisco and carry the distinctive "S" mint mark of that facility.
A proof coin has a brilliant mirror-like finish. The term "proof" refers to a specialised minting process, which begins by manually feeding burnished coin planchets into presses fitted with specially polished dies. An uncirculated coin has a high quality, satin finish and is produced with special care.
Minted in 2006 by the US Mint, this coin comes encapsulated and presented in a deep blue velvet case and is protected by the original US Mint packaging with certificate of authenticity.
This coin is proof quality, which means it meets the finest standards in the industry for both beauty and craftsmanship, carefully designed to represent the best possible versions of the original model.
Obverse Design – an image of the San Francisco Old Mint building based on the obverse of the San Francisco Mint medal
Reverse Design – replica of the 1904 Liberty Head Silver Dollar eagle
Condition – Proof
Mint – San Francisco “S”
Diameter – 38.10mm
Composition – 90% silver (0.76 troy ounce), 10% copper
Weight – 26.73g