Coin Challenge Answers - Rosebud
Do you know which coin contains this rosebud? Before you go further, it's
NOT the Botanic Garden commemorative silver dollar.
As the hints stated, the rosebud is part of the reverse design of a silver dollar. Let's take a look:
This rosebud forms a portion of the reverse design of the 1995 Special Olympics World Games
commemorative silver dollar. Below the rose, a ribbon holds an award medal from the games. A quote from the games'
founder, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, shows above the rose.
The obverse includes Eunice Kennedy Shriver's portrait. In both political and numismatic circles,
her portrait caused controversy. Though the rule has been violated more than once, our coinage rarely recognizes
and honors anyone still living. Mrs. Shriver was 74 at the time this coin was released in 1995 and lived for
14 more years. She died in August 2009 at the age of 88 in Hyannis, Massachusetts.
The legislation for the 1995 Special Olympics World Games commemorative silver dollar was approved
by Congress and signed by President Clinton on September 29, 1994 as Public Law 103-328 Section 204.
The Philadelphia mint struck the proof coins, and West Point produced the uncirculated coins.
The commemorative silver dollars contained a composition of 90% silver (0.76 troy ounce of silver) and 10%
The portrait on the obverse was designed by Jamie Wyeth. His initials J.W. can be seen in the base
of her neck. The engraver of the obverse was T. James Ferrell and his initials TJF are just under her hair and
above the "W."
The reverse with its rosebud was designed and engraved by Thomas D. Rogers, Sr. His initials are
just below the ribbon and above the "O" in "one."
More about Eunice Kennedy Shriver and her vision for helping special needs individuals can be found
on the web site honoring her accomplishments and her dreams.
Plus the Special Olympics organization recognizes Mrs. Shriver and her contributions on their web
In our book, Days of Our Coins, the Special Olympics World
Games commemorative silver dollar coin is featured on February 26 (reverse)
and August 13 (obverse).