2001-P Capitol Visitor Center Commemorative Uncirculated Silver Dollar

The 2001-P Capitol Visitor Center Commemorative Uncirculated Silver Dollar was one of six coins issued by the US Mint to celebrate 200 years of use by Congress of the US Capitol Building.

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Final Mintage: 35,380
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Congress first gathered in the structure on November 17, 1800 after a seven year construction period initiated by the laying of the cornerstone by President George Washington in 1793. Located in the then remote "Federal City," the ornate Capitol was termed by some as the "palace in the wilderness."

When this coin was released, the Capitol received over five million visitors annually making a new visitor center to the structure paramount. Surcharges from the sales of these coins were used for the visitor center construction and maintenance.

2001 Capitol Visitor Center Coins

Six different coins were struck by the US Mint to commemorate the US Capitol. 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 on the sale of each coin with proceeds to benefit the construction of a visitor center under the U.S. Capitol’s East Plaza.

Issue Information

Struck from 90% silver, each Capitol Silver Dollar has a diameter of 1.5 inches.

Release Date

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

Issue Price

The initial price charged for the Uncirculated Capitol Coin was $27.00.

U.S. Mint Production Facility

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

Designer / Sculptor / Engraver

Designed by Marika Somogyi, the obverse (heads side) of the coin shows two versions of the US Capitol – one from 1800 and the other a modern day version from 2001.

The reverse (tails side) was designed by John Mercanti and shows a heraldic Eagle cloaked in a banner inscribed with "U.S. Capitol Visitor Center."

Coin Specifications

Face Value: $1
Finish: Uncirculated
Composition: 90% silver, 10% alloy
Standard Weight: 26.730 g
Standard Diameter: 1.500 inches
Edge: Reeded

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