From 1916 until 1947, the United States produced what many consider to be one of America’s most beautiful coins. It was designed Adolph A Weinman, winner of the competition the Commission of Fine Arts held to find a new design for the half dollar. Famous art historian Cornelius Vermuele proclaimed the coin to be a masterpiece. The in 1986 a slight modification was made, and the mint began using the design for the popular American Silver Eagles.
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