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United States Mint American Arts Gold Medals
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The US Government manufactured these American Arts Commemorative Series of gold medals
from 1980 to 1985 as an experiment in producing gold bullion coins.
There was a complicated ordering procedure and these were not popular at the time.
 
The items were technically medals and not coins as they had no denominations on them.
They were made in two sizes, one ounce and one-half ounce, and featured prominent American
writers, artists, and performers.
They were issued for five years, 1980 to 1984, and featured ten persons all together.
American Arts Mark Twain
1. United States American Arts gold 1981 Mark Twain coin/medal
 
Gold, 32mm, 34.50gm, 0.900 fine, 1 ounce
 
Obverse:
Mark Twain facing
MARK TWAIN
 
Reverse:
American Mississippi River steamboat
AMERICAN ARTS COMMEMORATIVE SERIES 1981
 
American Arts John Steinbeck
2. United States American Arts gold 1984 John Steinbeck coin/medal
 
Gold, 28mm, 17.32gm, 0.900 fine, 1/2 ounce
 
Obverse:
John Steinbeck facing
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
JOHN STEINBECK
1984
 
Reverse:
California farm house, barn, and fences
AMERICAN ARTS COMMEMORATIVE SERIES
ONE HALF OUNCE GOLD
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