From 1980-1984, the US Mint produced gold bullion medals in honor of popular Americans for the arts. These medals are made of 1/2 oz of pure gold. Year and American featured on the medal is dependent on stock on hand.
- Made of 1/2 oz actual Gold
- .9000 purity
- Medal dates range from 1980-1984
- American portrait featured on the obverse varies by year:
- 1980-Marion Anderson
- 1981-Willa Cather
- 1982-Frank Lloyd Wright
- 1983-Alexander Calder
- 1984-John Steinbeck
- Reverse side of the medal has a design honoring the work of the American on the obverse side
- Year of medal you receive is dependent on the stock on hand.
The US Mint 1/2 oz Gold Commemorative Arts Medals were released to compete with the South African Gold Krugerrands. They ran from 1980-1984. Each design honored an American whose contributions to the arts were significant.
In 1980 that was Marion Anderson on the obverse and two hands holding a globe on the reverse.
In 1981, the coin honors Willa Cather on the obverse and has a woman pushing a plow.
The 1982 medal was devoted to Frank Lloyd Wright. The obverse side had the image of Frank Lloyd Wright while the reverse had one of his buildings on it.
Alexander Calder is the subject of the 1983’s medal with his picture on the obverse and a mobile art piece on the reverse.
John Steinbeck was featured on the 1984 medal. One reverse side is a farm like one of the ones featured in his novel ‘Grapes of Wrath’.
The US Mint ½ oz Gold Commemorative Arts Medal is a celebration of the arts and is a great opportunity to get some quality gold in your collection. This would be a great gift idea for anyone who supports the arts or loves the arts. Get yours today.