Coins - Young Collectors
Edition Coin Sets - 1993 Bill of Rights
The United States Mint began providing Young Collectors Edition Coin Sets in 1993. One of the first coin
sets included the 1993 Bill of Rights commemorative silver half dollar.
The six inches by six inches by 1/4 inch package consists of an outer sleeve constructed of card stock
printed in color with a folded inner color card stock package that protects the coin and tells a
On the front of the package, Jeremiah and Christina appear in a future world wearing protective suits along with
breathing equipment. Their dog, Charlie, scampers with another friend in the background.
The title of the package states, "This Could Open A Whole New World For You."
The back of the outer package includes the Certificate of Authenticity which states:
Certificate of Authenticity
THE 1993 BILL OF RIGHTS COMMEMORATIVE COINS
UNCIRCULATED SILVER HALF DOLLAR
This certifies that this coin is a genuine Bill of Rights Commemorative Coin struck in accordance with
legislation passed by Congress and signed by President George Bush on May 13, 1992 as Public Law 102-281.
Produced by the United States Mint, it is legal tender of the United States.
David J. Ryder, Director, United States Mint
Obverse Design: Madison drafting the Bill of Rights
Obverse Designer: T. James Ferrell
Reverse Design: Torch of Freedom
Reverse Designer: Dean McMullen
Mint: West Point "W"
Diameter: 1.205 inches
Composition: 90% silver (0.35 troy ounce), 10% copper
Weight: 12.500 grams
The front of the inside packaging contains the same vignette as the front cover, however now the coin
replaces the planet in the upper left corner.
The back of the inside package provides the Mint information.
The inside of the package focuses on how coins help you learn. This first package
unfolds to contain two inner surfaces with educational messages from the Mint.
The first side includes:
Welcome To The Exciting World Of Coin Collecting.
Does this coin look different than the coins you have at home? Yes. That's because it's a special kind of
coin made for collecting, called a commemorative coin. The everyday coins we use to buy things
are called circulating coins. Commemorative coins honor special people, things and events. Your coin
honors James Madison and the Bill of Rights.
Bill of Rights
Commemorative Silver Half Dollar
The second interior side states:
Starting A Collection Is Fun!
If you like this coin, just think how much fun it would be to collect more! The United States Mint, the place
that made your coin, makes commemorative coins about many interesting subjects. The process of making a
coin is called "minting." Collecting a new coin is like landing on another planet - there's a
lot to discover. Let's learn about what's on your new coin.
You Can Learn A Lot From Coins.
Do you know who the man is on the front of your coin? His name is James Madison, America's fourth
President. Before he became President, he helped write the Bill of Rights. This document gives you certain
freedoms. These freedoms are called your "rights" and that's why the document is called the "Bill of
Rights." Sometimes coins can even tell you where they were made. Do you see the letter "W" on the front of
your coin? That's called a "mint mark." It means your coin was made at the Mint in West Point, New York. Other
cities where the U.S. Mint makes coins are Denver, San Francisco and Philadelphia. Look for the letters "D",
"S" and "P" on other coins. You'll know where those coins were made!
Collect Other Coins You Like, Too.
There is a whole galaxy of coins out there for you to discover. You can collect coins because of who is on
them, or how they look. If a coin is very pretty, a lot of people will want to collect it. Taking good care of
your coin is also important. Collectors like old coins that still look new. But you can come up with reasons of
your own. Try collecting coins that were made in the year your parents or grandparents were born!
How To Learn More About Coins.
Check you school or local library for books about coin collecting. And ask your parents or grandparents for
help. You'll find that coin collecting is fun. It's like entering a whole new world!
This view provides a close-up of the obverse (heads) side of the silver half dollar. James Madison sits penning
the Bill of Rights with his home, Montpelier, in the background. In the upper portion of the coin, it states,
"James Madison, Father of the Bill of Rights."
On this close-up of the reverse (tails) side of the coin, the torch of freedom is held high with
"The Bill of Rights" on the left and "Our Basic Freedoms" on the right.
Enjoy collecting these types of coins either as one of the Young Collector Edition Coin Sets or
as a regular commemorative coin.