U.S. Mint commemorative coins are silver and gold coins with images on the front and back sides to commemorate special events and individuals in U.S. history. Most commemorative coins are the size of a silver dollar, but some are smaller.
Commemorative coins from the U.S. Mint are typically made of gold, silver or platinum. Unlike coins designed for circulation that are made of plated metal or metal alloy, commemorative coins are made entirely of precious metal. The coins usually have a stamped value of a dollar or half dollar, but their actual value as collectors items is usually much higher.