2002-W $5 Olympic Winter Games Commemorative Uncirculated Gold Coin

The 2002-W $5 Olympic Winter Games Commemorative Uncirculated Gold Coin was one of four coins released by the US Mint in 2002 to celebrate the Winter Olympic Games being held that year in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Mintage: 80,000 maximum across all product options
Final Mintage: 10,585
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The first Winter Olympic Games were held eighty years before in 1924 at Chamonix, France. While several sporting events performed at the games have changed over the years, some like bobsleighing, figure skating and speed skating still remained a part of the 2002 version.

These games were held shortly after the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. making security much higher for the event than ever seen before.

2002 Olympic Coins

The US Mint released a total of four coins in 2002 celebrating the Winter Olympic Games that year. Those four coins included:

  • 2002-W $5 Olympic Winter Games Commemorative Proof Gold Coin
  • 2002-W $5 Olympic Winter Games Commemorative Uncirculated Gold Coin
  • 2002-P Olympic Winter Games Commemorative Proof Silver Dollar
  • 2002-P Olympic Winter Games Commemorative Uncirculated Silver Dollar

Surcharges were added to the sale of each coin. Proceeds raised were forwarded to the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Olympic Winter Games of 2002 and the United States Olympic Committee.

Issue Information

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

Release Date

The US Mint released the Olympic Gold Coin in late 2001.

Issue Price

Initial price on the Olympic Coin was $180.00.

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

The obverse (heads side) of the coin shows the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games Crystal Emblem superimposed over the 2002 Olympics other emblem the "Rhythm of the Land." The reverse (tails side) shows the Olympic flame atop a cauldron. Both were designed by Donna Weaver.

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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