The 1983 Olympics Commemorative Silver Dollar was issued to celebrate the 1984 Olympic Games held in Los Angeles, California. Notably, this coin was the first commemorative silver dollar produced since 1900. While the denomination was used on only one occasion for the early commemoratives, the silver dollar became a mainstay of modern commemoratives.
The obverse of the coin features a dramatic depiction of the traditional Greek discus thrower, inspired by the work of Myron. Three outlines are shown to create the impression of motion. To the right, the Olympic “star in motion” symbol appears with the Olympic rings. The reverse of the coin depicts the head and upper body of a bald eagle. The design was by Elizabeth Jones, the Chief Sculptor and Engraver of the United States Mint at the time.
The obverse inscriptions read “Los Angeles”, “XXIII Olympiad”, “In God We Trust”, “Liberty” and the date “1983”. The reverse inscriptions include “United Sates of America”, “E Pluribus Unum”, and the denomination “One Dollar”.
The 1983 Olympic Silver Proof Dollar was struck at the San Francisco Mint.
The coin is housed in a plastic capsule placed on a maroon felt tray within a maroon velvet presentation case with hinged lid on which was mounted a plaque of a heraldic eagle. The case is in a brown cardboard box imprinted with the Great Seal and "United States Silver Dollar”. A certificate of authenticity is also included.
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 – Greek discus thrower
Reverse Design – Bald Eagle
Condition – Proof
Mint – San Francisco “S”
Diameter – 38.1mm
Composition – 90% silver (0.76 troy ounce), 10% copper
Weight – 26.73g