The 1992 Olympic Silver Proof Dollar was issued for the XXV Olympic Games held in Barcelona, Spain and Albertville and Savoie, France.
The obverse design of the silver dollar features a baseball player throwing a pitch. The image is remarkably similar to an image of Nolan Ryan which appeared on a 1991 Fleer baseball card. The designer of the coin John R. Deecken denied that there was any connection. Inscriptions on the obverse include “Liberty”, “In God We Trust”, “1992”, and “USA” with the Olympic rings.
The reverse features the Union Shield with olive branches to each side and the Olympic rings placed above. A banner beneath the shield and across the olive branches includes the motto “E Pluribus Unum”. The remaining inscriptions are “United States of America” above and “One Dollar” below. The reverse was designed by Marcel Jovine.
Notably, the coin features edge lettering. “XXV Olympiad” is written four times around the edge against a reeded background. This is the first time edge lettering had been used for a commemorative coin issue of the United States.
The 1992 Olympics Silver Dollar was produced at the San Francisco Mint.
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 1996 by the US Mint, this coin comes encapsulated. 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.