Mint Will Sell Commemorative Coins

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July 19, 2006

United States Mint Will Sell Commemorative Coins Honoring the 400th Anniversary of Jamestown, Va.

The Fairfax County Virginia 2007 Community Citizen Planning Committee invites the public to view the designs for two new coins that commemorate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, Va., the first permanent English settlement in the Americas.

The United States Mint recently unveiled its designs for a commemorative $5 gold coin and $1 silver coin. The designs can be viewed online at the U.S. Mint’s Web site at Both coins will be issued in 2007.

The obverse of the $5 coin depicts Captain John Smith conversing with an American Indian; and the coin’s reverse pictures the Jamestown Memorial Church — the only remaining structure from the original settlement.

The obverse of the silver dollar depicts “Three Faces of Diversity,” representing the three cultures that came together in Jamestown, and the reverse depicts the three ships that brought the first settlers to Jamestown: the Godspeed, the Susan Constant and the Discovery.

The United States Mint will produce 100,000 of the $5 gold coins and 500,000 of the $1 silver coins for sale in both proof and uncirculated conditions.

Virginia’s congressional delegation sponsored the legislation that authorized the design, production and sale of these coins. U.S. Sen. John Warner and U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Davis sponsored the legislation. Along with Sen. Warner and Rep. Davis, U.S. Sen. George Allen and Virginia’s congressional delegation co-sponsored the coin legislation and worked for its approval.

Surcharges from the sale of these commemorative coins are authorized to be directed to the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Secretary of the Interior, and the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities.

Fairfax County’s Virginia 2007 Community Citizen Planning Committee promotes and publicizes events taking place in the county that commemorate Jamestown’s 400th anniversary.

Appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, the committee represents the diversity of communities and resources in the county, including the African-American, Hispanic and American Indian communities and representatives from Fort Belvoir, Wolf Trap, George Washington’s Mount Vernon and the Fairfax County Convention and Visitors Corporation.

As an official Virginia 2007 Community, Fairfax County is participating in next year’s statewide celebrationscommemorating the founding of Jamestown.

To celebrate the county’s role in the birth of our nation, the committee will publish an anthology of county history during the past 400 years. To learn more about this project or submit an entry, visit

For more information about the committee, contact the Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 711, or visit  For more information about Jamestown 2007 and the Virginia 2007 program, visit or

To request this information in an alternate format, call the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 711.

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