Coins - Young Collectors
Edition Coin Sets - 1994 World Cup Soccer
Taking advantage of younger people's interest in sports and soccer, the United States Mint developed Young
Collector Edition Coin Sets for the 1994 World Cup Soccer clad half dollar.
The package remained consistent at six inches by six inches by 1/4 inch with an outer sleeve
constructed of card stock printed in color and a folded inner color card stock package that protects
the coin and provides information.
On the front of the package, Jeremiah and Christina play soccer with the 1994 World Cup mascot, Striker. Their
dog, Charlie, doesn't appear until the inside of the package.
The title of the package states, "World Cup USA 1994 Half Dollar" with "Young Collector's Edition" printed at
The back of the outer package includes the Certificate of Authenticity which states:
Certificate of Authenticity
The World Cup USA 1994
Commemorative Clad Half Dollar Coin
This certifies that this coin is a genuine World Cup USA 1994 Commemorative Coin struck in accordance with
legislation passed by Congress and signed by the President May 13, 1992 as Public Law 102-281. Produced by the
United States Mint, this coin is legal tender of the United States.
Specifications for the Clad Half Dollar
Weight: 11.340 grams
Diameter: 1.205 inches
Composition: 92% copper, 8% nickel
Obverse Design: A soccer player contemplating his next move.
Obverse Designer: Richard T. LaRoche
Reverse Design: World Cup USA 1994 logo flanked by laurel branches.
Reverse Designer: Dean McMullen
Philip N. Diehl
Executive Deputy Director of the Mint
The inner coin package looks like the front of the outer sleeve except the coin replaces the
The back of the inner package provides more of the soccer field and the spectators in the
stands with the World Cup USA 1994 logo in the lower left.
Unfolded, the front and back form the full vignette of the soccer field with players running toward
Fully unfolded, the remaining section holds the coin and provides information.
The inside of the unfolded package provides several different message from the US Mint.
The section holding the coin with the obverse (heads) view states:
The World Cup: The Largest Sporting Event.
For the first time in history, the World Cup will be played in the United States. Twenty-four teams form
twenty-four countries will compete to win the World Cup Trophy. The trophy was created by a French sculptor and
is made of gold. It's the most desired sports trophy in the world.
Commemorative Coins: To celebrate the 1994 World Cup, the United States Mint has made
this special commemorative coin. Commemorative coins are a great way to remember special events. A
commemorative coin can only be issued by an Act of Congress.
In the upper right corner Jeremiah and Christina hold the trophy with the caption beneath stating,
"The World Cup Trophy was originally created in 1930 by Abel LaFleur."
On another portion of the package, the message states:
The United States Mint:
The United States Mint made this commemorative coin. Workers at
the Mint handle these coins very carefully and wear gloves so they don't leave marks on the coins. Each
coin is put in a plastic case to keep it clean and help protect it from damage.
The World Cup USA 1994 Commemorative Clad Half Dollar.
Most people call the two sides of a coins "heads" and "tails." Coin collectors call them obverse ("heads") and
reverse ("tails"). The obverse
The message continues below.
The portion of the package showing the reverse (tails) side of the coin continues the
shows a soccer player ready to make a big play and with the World Cup for his team. The reverse displays the
official World Cup USA 1994 logo.
Collecting Coins is Fun: You can learn a lot about your commemorative coin by reading the
Certificate of Authenticity on the back of this box. It has all the facts and details about this special
coin. Your Clad Half Dollar is a wonderful way to remember all of the fun and excitement of the 1994
World Cup and a great way to begin you coin collection. Enjoy!
In the lower right corner, Jeremiah and Christina wearing USA soccer shirts look up toward the
The remaining information section introduces the 1994 World Cup mascot and shows Charlie, the dog, playing
at the bottom.
Hi, I'm Striker, the official mascot of the 1994 World Cup. I'm named for the soccer
position responsible for scoring goals. Did you know a game like soccer was played in America by Native
Americans? They called it "Pasuckquakkohowog," meaning "they gather to play football." Soccer is also known as
football in other parts of the world. Today, "soccer" is the most played sport in the world.
On the obverse (heads), a soccer player with a "3" on his jersey looks out over the field to
determine where to place his kick.
The reverse (tails) shows laurel branches framing either side of the World Cup USA 1994 logo. Doesn't the logo
appear to be a soccer ball in motion in front of a stylized flag blowing in the breeze?
Enjoy learning and collecting these coins whether in the Young Collector Edition coin sets or as a commemorative