In commemoration of the 1984 XXIII Olympic Games held in Los Angeles, California, gold coins bearing a legal face value of $10 were issued. These $10 Gold American bullion, 1984 Olympic coins, contain .4838 oz .9 pure gold. They were the first commemorative gold coins to be struck since the 1926 Sesquicentennial $2.50 gold pieces.
The obverse design was modeled at the Philadelphia Mint by staff engraver John Mercanti after a sketch by James M. Peed of the Bureau of the Mint’s Washington office. Depicted were a male and a female runner, together holding a single torch. The reverse design features the eagle of the Great Seal of the United States, adapted by John Mercanti.
- Contains .4838 Troy oz of actual gold.
- Face value 10 Dollars.
- Obverse: Features a male and female runner, together holding a single torch.
- Reverse: Depicts the eagle of the Great Seal of the United States.
- Individual coins come in protective plastic flips.
On September 13, 1983, the ceremonial striking of the 1984-W Olympic gold coins took place at the West Point Bullion Depository. And so, the mintmark W was deployed for the first time, becoming the eighth mintmark to be used on United States coinage. The coins went on to be minted at four mints (Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco, West Point).