Silver Dollars honoring the Bicentennial of West Point in 2002

The US Mint struck two commemorative silver coins in 2002, including the West Point Bicentennial Silver Dollar. The coins commemorated West Point's 200th anniversary.

Both proof and uncirculated West Point Bicentennial Silver Dollars were 90% silver and 1.5 inches in diameter. The US Military Academy Bicentennial Commemorative Coins Act (Public Law 103-328) allowed 500,000 strikes.

General Washington constructed West Point as a fort during the American Revolutionary War as the most strategic location. Jefferson signed into law its military academy status in 1802.

Ulysses S. Grant, Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Douglas MacArthur are an example of some of the most notable men in the history of the United States military who have received training at this institution since its inception.

Despite the passage of time, the military academy continues to function. It is important to emphasize that the United States Mint also has a presence there, and that the facility in question is where these coins were struck.

On the obverse of the silver dollars is a design that depicts a cadet color guard performing a parade, with Washington Hall and Cadet Chapel, both located at the Military Academy, serving as the backdrop.

James Ferrell, a sculptor and engraver for the United States Mint, was the recipient of the design for this piece, which also has the words "LIBERTY," "IN GOD WE TRUST," and the years 1802 and 2002.

An engraver and sculptor for the United States Mint named John Mercanti was responsible for designing the reverse, which features the bicentennial logo of the military institution. Additionally, the inscriptions of 1802, WEST POINT, 2002, BICENTENNIAL, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, and ONE DOLLAR are included in this set.

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