In recognition of 100 years of preserving Civil War battlefields, a Civil War Battlefield half dollar was issued and is one of three denominations of a commemorative program along side a silver dollar and a gold $5 coin. All proceeds from the sale of coins went to the nonprofit Civil War Battlefield Foundation to be used for the preservation of historically significant Civil War battlefields.
The obverse was designed by Don Troiani and features a tribute to the Civil War drummer boys. To the left of the drummer boy are the designer's initials “DT” as well as the engraver's initials “TJF” (T. James Ferrell). To the right of the drummer boy is the mint mark “S” for San Francisco.
The reverse was designed by T. James Ferrell and features a battlefield scene with the inscription “ENRICHING OUR FUTURE BY PRESERVING OUR PAST.” In the lower right (just below the cannon) are the designer's initials “TJF”.
General Market Notes
Compared to other copper-nickel clad half dollars, the 1995 issue carries a premium in the secondary markets. Part of the demand and appeal is linked to history affectionados, which many coin collectors are.