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

The 2001-W $5 Capitol Visitor Center Commemorative Uncirculated Gold Coin was released by the United States Mint in 2001 to celebrate 200 years since the opening of the US Capitol Building.

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Final Mintage: 6,761
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Congress first gathered in the building on November 17, 1800. Only seven years earlier, President George Washington had laid the cornerstone of the structure which was to be one of the first few buildings found in the new "Federal City." In fact, its surroundings of woodland area led it to be nicknamed the "palace in the wilderness" by some.

The US Mint also created a proof version of this gold coin.

2001 Capitol Visitor Center Coins

A total of six coins were struck by the US Mint to celebrate the US Capitol. Those six are shown 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

Proceeds from the surcharge added to each coin was forwarded by the US Mint to benefit the construction and maintenance of a visitor center on the US 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 Uncirculated Coin on February 28, 2001.

Issue Price

Initial price on the Uncirculated 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

A single Corinthian column is shown on the obverse (heads side) of the Gold Coin. It is the same type of column which surrounds the Capitol building. The reverse (tails side) shows the original Capitol building’s structure. Both the obverse and reverse are the work of Elizabeth Jones, former U.S. Mint Chief Sculptor/Engraver.

Coin Specifications

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

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