The 1991 Mount Rushmore Silver Proof Dollar was issued for the golden anniversary of the national monument. Surcharges raised from the commemorative coin program went to the Mount Rushmore National Memorial Society and the US Treasury.
The obverse design of the silver proof dollar contains a view of Mount Rushmore. The mountainside carving by Gutzon Borglum features busts of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. At the bottom of the coin are two laurel wreaths with a ribbon containing the motto “In God We Trust”. Other inscriptions include “Liberty”, “Golden Anniversary”, “Mount Rushmore National Memorial”, and “1991”. The obverse was designed by Marika H. Somogyi and modelled by Chester Young Martin.
On the reverse of the coin is the Great Seal of the United States with a sunburst and an outline of the America. There is a star placed at the location of Mount Rushmore with an inscription “Shrine of Democracy”. The remaining inscriptions include “United States of America”, “E Pluribus Unum”, and “One Dollar”. The reverse was designed by Frank Gasparro.
The coin is housed in a plastic capsule placed on a grey felt tray within a grey velvet presentation case with hinged lid on which was mounted a plaque of a heraldic eagle. The case is in a cardboard box imprinted with the Great Seal and "United States Mount Rushmore Anniversary Coins." A grey slipcover, similarly imprinted, protects the box. 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 – Mount Rushmore Memorial wreathed in laurel
Reverse Design – Heraldic Eagle Crest over a map of the United States
Condition – Proof
Mint – San Francisco “S”
Diameter – 38.1mm
Composition – 90% silver (0.76 troy ounce), 10% copper
Weight – 26.73g