The Bill of Rights are the first 10 ammendments to the Constitution. They were added in 1893 and represents the most important components that protect an individual and is a contract with the government that they exist to uphold and ensure that these rights exist for its citizens. One hundred years later this important piece of legislation was honored with the issuance of the 1993 silver commemorative half dollar. This was one of three coins issued, including a silver dollar and $5 gold coin.
The obverse was designed by T. James Ferrell and features James Madison penning the Bill of Rights with Montpelier in the background and the inscription “JAMES MADISON FATHER OF THE BILL OF RIGHTS”. Just below the Montpelier design is the phrase “IN GOD WE TRUST”. To the right of the document is the mint mark “S” for San Francisco or “W” for West Point. On the outer periphery is the word “LIBERTY” and date of issue. Located just below Madison's right arm are the designer's initials “TJF”.
The reverse was designed by Dean McMullen and features the Torch of freedom with the inscriptions, "THE BILL OF RIGHTS" and "OUR BASIC FREEDOMS." At the base if the arm holding the torch are the designer's initials “DEM”.
General Market Notes
Though quite a few coins were minted and are readily available the price does carry a slightly larger premium than other halves simply because of the silver content. Most of the Modern commemorative halves are copper clad.