Coins - Young Collectors
Edition Coin Sets - 1993 World War II
The United States Mint began providing Young Collectors Edition Coin Sets in 1993. One of the first coin
sets included the 1993 World War II commemorative clad half dollar.
The coin set package - six inches by six inches by 1/4 inch - consists of an outer sleeve
constructed of card stock printed in color. The inner package, also of color card stock,
is folded protecting the coin and providing several surfaces with information about World War II
On the front of the package, Jeremiah and Christina collect an old tire, newspapers and old bottles and
cans. Their dog, Charlie, waits to appear on the inner package.
The title of the package states, "World War II 50th Anniversary Half Dollar" with "Young Collector's Edition" at
the bottom of the package.
The back of the outer package includes the Certificate of Authenticity which states:
CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY
The 1991-1995 World War II 50th Anniversary
Commemorative Uncirculated Clad Half Dollar Coin
This certifies that this coin is a genuine World War II 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin struck in
accordance with legislation passed by Congress and signed by the President George Bush on October 14, 1992
as Public Law 102-414. Produced by the United States Mint, it is legal tender of the United States.
David J. Ryder, Director, United States Mint
Obverse Design: Americans from the armed services
Obverse Designer: George Klauba
Reverse Design: American GI engaged in battle on a Pacific island
Reverse Designer: Bill J. Leftwich
Mint: Philadelphia "P"
Diameter: 1.205 inches
Composition: 92% copper, 8% nickel
Weight: 11.340 grams
The inner coin package looks like the front of the outer sleeve except the coin is where the
round "GAS AND OIL" sign was on the front.
Unfolded, the front illustration opens to more of the service station along with Charlie, the
dog, and other people participating in the collection efforts.
The opposite side of the unfolded package provides more information about the war
The first information block shows a picture from the World War II era of a young boy with the
caption stating, "A young boy collects pots and pans for the war effort."
Below the picture, the contents include:
Kids Make a Difference
Why do we recycle things like cans, bottles and newspapers today? Because it helps keep our cities and
neighborhoods clean ... and because it's good for the environment. Fifty years ago, kids like these were
recycling just as we do today. In those days, they recycled for a different reason - to help America win
World War II.
The next section contains the coin with the obverse (heads) visible. An old picture shows the war effort at
home with the caption, "Collecting old tires and inner tubes for recycling."
The content reads:
More Valuable Than Money
The United States fought in World War II to protect the freedoms and rights that our country enjoys. To win the
war, America needed a lot of materials to make war supplies - materials we could not buy. We needed rubber, as
well as copper, nickel and other kinds of metals to make parts for tanks, planes, battleships - all of the
things used in war. Kids helped back then by collecting things made with these materials and bringing them to
The next block contains the coin's reverse (tails) and shows a picture of the different coins minted
during the war with the caption, "Wartime nickels and cents are fun to collect."
The content states:
Taking the Nickel Out of Nickels
The U.S. Mint did its part to help too by making special wartime coins. From 1942 to 1945, the Mint replaced
the nickel in nickels with silver and manganese. And in 1943, it minted one-cent coins made of steel and
zinc instead of copper. The nickel and copper not used in U.S. coins during this time were used to make
products for the war effort. As a recycling effort, the Mint used copper from the military to make cents from
1944 through 1946. You can still find these wartime coins today at coin shops and coin shows.
The final section shows Jeremiah and Christina looking at coins while Charlie plays in the background.
The text includes:
Collecting Coins Is Fun
The coin in this package is a half dollar commemorative coin minted in memory of the 50th Anniversary of World
War II. It is made with copper and nickel. Isn't it interesting that this coin is made from two metals
that were in short supply during World War II? There's a lot you can learn from coins. Every coin the U.S.
government issues is a little piece of history. It tells us about important people, places and events. We
hope your new World War II Commemorative will become a part of an exciting lifetime coin collection.
On the obverse, three men of the armed forces, heads held proudly high, are in front of a "V" for victory. An
Air Force plane flies in the sky above the men.
On the reverse, an American soldier on a Pacific island climbs a small hillside among fallen palm
fronds with his gun and equipment while small rocks fall away from his feet. In the ocean a ship fires its
guns and two troop carrier boats head toward shore. Above the soldier's head, a fighter
plane prepares to strafe the island.
This coin gives you pride in the victory of our armed forces, while you feel the fear and exhaustion
and hear the deafening sounds of the war.
Learn from our history by collecting these types of coins either as one of the Young Collector
Edition Coin Sets or as a regular commemorative coin.