2001-P Capitol Visitor Center Commemorative Proof Half Dollar

The 2001-P Capitol Visitor Center Commemorative Proof Half Dollar was one of six different coins struck by the US Mint in 2001 to acknowledge the bicentennial of the use of the United States Capitol Building.

Mintage: 750,000 maximum across all product options
Ending Sales Date: 1 Mar 2002
Final Mintage: 77,962
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Congress first gathered in the original structure on November 17, 1800. Its construction in the new "Federal City" made it one of the first structures to be built within the city’s boundaries and its remoteness led some to call it the ""palace in the wilderness."

Surcharges placed on these coins was to be forwarded for the construction of a visitor center for the Capitol.

2001 Capitol Visitor Center Coins

The US Mint struck six different coins in 2001 to commemorate the United States Capitol Building. Those six coins were:

  • 2001-W $5 Capitol Visitor Center Commemorative Proof Gold Coin
  • 2001-W $5 Capitol Visitor Center Commemorative Uncirculated Gold Coin
  • 2001-P Capitol Visitor Center Commemorative Proof Silver Dollar
  • 2001-P Capitol Visitor Center Commemorative Uncirculated Silver Dollar
  • 2001-P Capitol Visitor Center Commemorative Proof Half Dollar
  • 2001-P Capitol Visitor Center Commemorative Uncirculated Half Dollar

A surcharge of $35 from the Gold Five Dollar coin, $10 from the Silver Dollar coin, and $3 from the Clad Half Dollar was collected by the US Mint and forwarded to aid in the construction of a visitor center under the U.S. Capitol’s East Plaza.

Issue Information

Each Capitol Proof Clad Half Dollar was struck to a diameter of 1.205 inches with a weight of 11.34 grams.

Release Date

The US Mint released the Capitol Clad Coin on February 28, 2001.

Issue Price

The Mint set a price of $11.25 for the release of the Capitol Proof Clad Coin.

U.S. Mint Production Facility

Each Capitol Half Dollar was struck at the US Mint’s facility in Philadelphia and carry the ‘P’ mintmark.

Designer / Sculptor / Engraver

The obverse (heads side) of the Capitol Clad Half Dollar shows the original Capitol Building superimposed over the present-day version. It was designed by Dean McMullen.

Alex Shagin and Marcel Jovine shared design duties for the reverse (tails side) of the Capitol Half Dollar. It shows 16 stars (representing the 16 states of the union in 1800) surrounding the inscriptions "1800," "6th Congress," " Senate 32 Senators," "House 106 Members," and " E Pluribus Unum."

Coin Specifications

Face Value: $.50
Finish: Proof
Composition: 91.67% Copper, 8.33% Nickel
Standard Weight: 11.340 grams
Standard Diameter: 1.205 inches
Edge: Reeded

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