The 50th anniversary of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial was commemorated on three coins. Surcharges from the sale of these pieces were divided between the Treasury Department and the Mount Rushmore National Memorial Society of Black Hills, South Dakota, with money going to finance restoration work on the national landmark.
The obverse of the copper-nickel half dollar was designed by New Jersey artist Marcel Jovine, and features a view of the famous carving by Gutzon Borglum. The reverse, designed by Mint sculptor-engraver James Ferrell, shows an American bison with the words GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY.
The Mount Rushmore Golden Anniversary silver dollar obverse was designed by Marika Somogyi. It displays the traditional portraits of presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln as sculptured on the mountain by Gutzon Borglum, who earlier had modeled the figures shown on the Stone Mountain commemorative coin. The reverse, which was designed by former chief sculptor-engraver of the Mint Frank Gasparro, features a small outline map of the continental United States with the Great Seal above.
The five-dollar gold coin commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial features an American eagle flying above the monument with LIBERTY and the date in the field. The obverse was designed by Mint sculptor-engraver John Mercanti, and the reverse was designed by Rhode Island artist Robert Lamb, and engraved by Mint sculptor-engraver William Cousins. The size, weight, and fineness are the same as for all other half eagle coins.