In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the United States Constitution, the 1987 Constitution $5 Gold Coin was issued along with a silver dollar coin. The release was extremely well received, with sales of the gold coins coming close to attaining the maximum authorized mintage.
This 1987 .242 oz .9 Gold Constitution $5 commemorative coin is quite distinctive in design. The obverse design features a stylized flying eagle holding a quill pen. Rays emanate from behind the eagle. The inscriptions Liberty and In God We Trust appear to the left, with the date 1987 below.
On the reverse of the coin is a quill pen positioned horizontally, with We The People written in calligraphy and an arc of thirteen stars. Inscriptions read United States of America, Bicentennial of the Constitution, Sept 17 1787, E Pluribus Unum, and Five Dollars. Both the obverse and reverse were designed by Marcel Jovine.
- Contains .242 Troy oz .9 gold
- Face value 5 Dollars.
- Obverse: Features a beautifully stylized flying eagle holding a quill pen.
- Reverse: Depicts a quill pen positioned horizontally, with We The People written in calligraphy.
- Individual coins come in protective plastic flips.
Both the proof and uncirculated versions of the Constitution Gold Coins were struck at the West Point Mint. The coins were offered for sale individually or as part of a two coin set, which included the corresponding silver dollar, or a four coin set, which included the $5 gold and $1 silver coins in proof and uncirculated finishes.
Across all ordering options, the uncirculated version had a mintage of 214,225 and the proof version had a mintage of 651,659. Similar to other gold commemoratives issued during this era, the relatively high mintages yield a plentiful supply for present day collectors.