2001-P Capitol Visitor Center Commemorative Uncirculated Half Dollar

One of six coins issued in 2001 by the US Mint to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the United States Capitol Building was the 2001-P Capitol Visitor Center Commemorative Uncirculated Half Dollar.

Mintage: 750,000 maximum across all product options
Ending Sales Date: 1 Mar 2002
Final Mintage: 99,157
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November 17, 1800 marked the first time that Congress gathered in the new building which had taken several years of construction to build. George Washington, the first President of the United States, was given the honor of laying the cornerstone for the structure which has been in use continually to this day.

Surcharges collected by the US Mint on the sale of these coins was forwarded to benefit the construction of a visitor center for the Capitol.

2001 Capitol Visitor Center Coins

Six coins issued in 2001 to commemorate the US Capitol include:

  • 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 Uncirculated 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 issue price for the Capitol Uncirculated Half Dollar was $8.75.

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 original Capitol Building superimposed over the present-day version is shown on the obverse (heads side) of the Capitol Visitor Center Coin. It was designed by Dean McMullen.

The reverse (tails side) of the Capitol Half Dollar shows 16 stars representing the 16 states in the union at the time. The stars surround the inscriptions "1800," "6th Congress," " Senate 32 Senators," "House 106 Members," and " E Pluribus Unum." It was the work of Alex Shagin and Marcel Jovine.

Coin Specifications

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

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