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Here are some cool facts


The 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty in New York City Harbor in 1886 furnished the occasion for the issuance of commemorative coins in 1986. The statue, officially known as Liberty Enlightening the World, was the work of French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi and had been presented to the United States by the government of France. Since that time it has been America's most visible symbol of freedom.


* Statue of Liberty half dollar was made in copper-nickel clad alloy; the first commemorative in this format


* Over $83 million (double the original goal) was raised in coin surcharges for the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation. It was the most successful commemorative coin program in the history of the Mint. More than 15 million gold, silver, and half dollar Liberty coins were sold.


* The obverse, according to a Treasury Department news release, "focuses on the growing New York skyline of about 1913, with the Statue's uplifting gesture welcoming an in-bound liner. The scene is set against the sun rising in the east to convey the start of a different life in the New World"


* The design of the ship was derived from plans in the Scientific American at that date, built in Philadelphia (sister ships St. Paul and St. Louis) the first American ship bringing immigrants past the Statue of Liberty after dedication.


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