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1995-S CIVIL WAR BATTLEFIELDS
COMMEMORATIVE HALF DOLLAR

Mintage:
Circulation strikes: 119,554
Proofs: 330,519

Designer: 
Obverse by Donald Troiani
Reverse by T. James Ferrell

Diameter: 31 millimeters

Metal content:
Outer layers - 75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Center - 100% Copper

Weight: 175 grains (11.3 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "S" (for San Francisco, California) above the U of TRUST on the obverse

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Notes:
In 1995, the U.S. Mint issued commemorative Half Dollars, Silver Dollars and $5 Gold pieces as part of an effort to raise money to preserve the battlefields of America's Civil War.  The front of the Half Dollar features a Civil War drummer in dress uniform standing in front of a wooden breastwork.  The back of the coin shows a cannon overlooking a large battlefield, illustrative of the historic areas threatened by urban encroachment and development.  The legend on the reverse reads "Enriching Our Future By Preserving The Past."  The 1995-S Half Dollars were produced in both Proof and Uncirculated versions.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Coin World Comprehensive Catalog & Encyclopedia of United States Coins, 2nd Edition", by David Alexander & Thomas K. Delorey, Editors