# 1353 - Modern Commemoratives Half Dollars - Part 11
Today we will continue the series "The Modern American Commemorative Half Dollars".
The info below comes mostly from: https://moderncommemoratives.com/
"The United States Modern Commemorative Coin program began in 1982. That year, the US Mint released commemorative half dollar coins to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of George Washington. Since that date, commemorative coins have been issued nearly every year to celebrate famous American people, places, events, and institutions.
Each commemorative coin program is authorized under an Act of Congress. The Act typically specifies the subject to be commemorated, the denomination of coins to be issued, and the maximum authorized mintage for each. Additionally, most commemorative coin programs include surcharges added to the cost of each coin, which will be distributed to specified beneficiary organizations or fund projects that benefit the community."
All coins weight 11.34 g with 91.67% copper, 8.33% nickel. They were issued in Brilliant Uncirculated and Proof finish.
They will be presented in the order they were minted, but only one of each design.
The eleventh is the PR70 DCAM 1995-S "Basketball".
"The 1995 Olympic Basketball Half Dollar was part of ambitious coin program issued for the XXVI Olympiad Summer Games held in Atlanta, Georgia. A total of 16 different coin designs were issued over the course of two years."
PCGS graded 1,903 1995-S "Basketball", with 42 as PR70 DCAM. 169,655 1995-S "Basketball" were minted in San Francisco.
I bought this coin in 2014 for $443.00 and today's price is around $400.00. The issue price was $12.50.
The obverse was designed by Clint Hansen and modeled by Alfred Maletsky.
The reverse of the coin features the symbol for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games in the center of a map.
This reverse design was created by T. James Ferrell and used for all of both Olympic half dollar commemoratives issued in 1995.
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