2004-P Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Proof Silver Dollar

The second commemorative strike the United States Mint released in 2004 was the 2004-P Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Proof Silver Dollar.

Mintage: 500,000 maximum across all product options
Final Mintage: 351,989
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The coin celebrated the 200th anniversary of the start of an expedition through the newly obtained Louisiana Purchase. Led by Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark (for which the expedition is known by today), the military journey charted the new land while making contact with many Native American nations along the way.

Of note, the expedition only lost one man on the two year journey who died of appendicitis

Previous US Mint Commemoratives

Many commemorative coins have been released by the US Mint since the beginning of the modern commemorative coin era in 1982. A few of those immediately preceding the Lewis & Clark Silver Dollar included:

  • 2003 – First Flight Centennial Commemorative Coins
  • 2002 – West Point Bicentennial Commemorative Coin
  • 2002 – Olympic Winter Games Commemorative Coins
  • 2001 – American Buffalo Commemorative Coins
  • 2001 – U.S. Capitol Visitor Center Commemorative Coins
  • 2000 – Leif Ericson Millennium Commemorative Coins
  • 2000 – Library of Congress Commemorative Coins

The US Mint places a surcharge on the sale of each commemorative. Funds raised are forwarded to organizations dictated by the legislation which authorized the coins.

Issue Information

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

Release Date

The US Mint released the Proof Lewis & Clark Coin on May 12, 2004.

Issue Price

The initial price charged for the Lewis & Clark Proof Coin was $35.00.

U.S. Mint Production Facility

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

Designer / Sculptor / Engraver

United States Mint sculptor/engraver Donna Weaver designed and sculpted both the obverse (heads side) and reverse (tails side) of the Lewis & Clark Silver Dollars. The obverse depicts Captains Lewis and Clark on the banks of a stream planning another day of the expedition. The reverse features two feathers representing the many Native American Nations contacted by the Lewis & Clark Expedition along their way. At the center is an image of the Jefferson Peace Medal which the team gave to the Indians as they met them.

Coin Specifications

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

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