2001-W $5 Capitol Visitor Center Commemorative Proof Gold Coin

The 2001-W $5 Capitol Visitor Center Commemorative Proof Gold Coin was released by the United States Mint in 2001 to raise funds towards the construction and maintenance of a Visitor Center on the grounds of the United States Capitol.

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Final Mintage: 27,652
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Struck from 90% gold, the coin commemorates the first gathering of Congress in the building which occurred on November 17, 1800. Its cornerstone had been laid seven years earlier by President George Washington as one of the first buildings to be constructed in the "Federal City." At the time of its completion, the Capitol was surrounded by woodlands leading some to name it the "palace in the wilderness."

The US Mint also created an uncirculated version of this gold coin.

2001 Capitol Visitor Center Coins

Six different coins were struck by the US Mint to celebrate the United States Capitol. Two of the coins were struck from gold, two from silver and two from a clad composition. Those six coins are listed below:

  • 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

Each Capitol Gold Coin is struck from 90% gold to the diameter of 0.850 inches.

Release Date

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

Issue Price

Initial price on the Capitol Coin was $195.00.

U.S. Mint Production Facility

A ‘W’ mintmark on each gold coin indicates it was struck at the US Mint’s facility in West Point.

Designer & Sculptor

Elizabeth Jones, former U.S. Mint Chief Sculptor/Engraver designed both the obverse (heads side) and reverse (tails side) of the Capitol Gold Coins. On the obverse, a single Corinthian column is shown – the type which surrounds the Capitol Building. The reverse shows an image of the original Capitol building’s structure.

Coin Specifications

Face Value: $5
Finish: Proof
Composition: 90% gold, 10% alloy
Standard Weight: 8.359 g
Standard Diameter: 0.850 inches
Edge: Reeded

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