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1995 Special Olympics Commemorative Dollars

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PCGS - The mid-1990s was a busy time for the United States Commemorative Coin program. No fewer than 72 different commemorative issues, including the various proof and uncirculated finishes for given design types, were produced from 1994 through 1997 at the United States Mint; roughly half of these singularly dedicated to honoring the 1996 Summer Olympic Games held in Atlanta, Georgia. Among these myriad commemoratives arose a silver dollar honoring the Special Olympics, an international sports organization established in 1968 for those with intellectual disabilities.

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The genesis of the Special Olympics is widely attributed to Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the fifth child in the iconic Massachusetts Kennedy clan headed by father Joseph P. and mother Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. Eunice Kennedy Shriver was especially attuned to the special needs of those with intellectual disabilities. Her older sibling, Rosemary, lived with similar challenges and often accompanied her siblings in a variety of backyard sports, including swimming, sailing, football, and skiing.

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