For the purpose of commemorating the 300th anniversary of the birth of one of the most well-known founding fathers of the United States of America, the United States Mint issued the Benjamin Franklin Commemorative Silver Dollars in 2006.
Among the numerous diverse jobs that Franklin participated in, the strikes were only two examples of his many distinct endeavors. In addition to being a well-known novelist, diplomat, and inventor, he was also involved in the process of developing the nation's money and coinage when it was still in its infancy.
The Benjamin Franklin Commemorative Coin Act, also known as Public Law 108-464, was the legislation that gave the coins their authorization.
An depiction of Benjamin Franklin as a young man flying a kite is featured on the obverse of the Scientist Silver Dollar. This image is meant to reflect Franklin's well-known studies in the field of electricity.
The inscriptions that are included on it are as follows: BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, SCIENTIST, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST, and 1706-2006. The design was created by Norman E. Nemeth.
A political cartoon by Benjamin Franklin titled "Join, or Die" is seen on the reverse side of the coin with the name "Scientist." This cartoon illustrates Franklin's opinion that the colonies should be unified.
The words "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "E PLURIBUS UNUM," and "ONE DOLLAR" are also displayed on it. Charles Vickers was the responsible designer of this piece.
There is a portrait of Benjamin Franklin when he was older that is displayed on the obverse of the Founding Father Silver Dollar. In addition to the inscriptions "BENJAMIN FRANKLIN TERCENTARY, 1706, 2006," "IN GOD WE TRUST," and "LIBERTY," it was finished by Don Everhart before being presented to the public.
To honor Franklin's influence on early American cash and coinage, the Founding Father coin's reverse features a 1776 Continental cash dollar. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, and ONE DOLLAR are on Donna Weaver's design.