To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown colony, the first permanent British settlement in North America, the US Mint is issuing special silver and gold coins.The $1 silver coin is being sold for $35 in proof and $33 for uncirculated. The mintage of the 90 percent silver/10 percent copper 26.730 gram coin is 500,000.
The obverse of the silver coin, by Donna Weaver and Everhart, shows three faces representing the diverse cultures that lived at Jamestown — an Englishman, a Native American and an African. The reverse, by Susan Gamble and Charles Vickers, shows the three ships that carried English settlers to Virginia.
A $5 gold coin is also being issued. Surcharges from the sale of the coins will benefit the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities.
Congress authorizes up to two commemorative coin issues a year. The other 2007 release will mark
the 50th anniversary of the integration of public schools in Little Rock, Arkansas.