WILLIAMSBURG—Gold and silver commemorative coins issued by the U.S. Mint in honor of Jamestown's 400th anniver-sary will be available at Jamestown Settlement on Thursday.
Edmund C. Moy, director of the Mint, will participate in the release ceremony in Jamestown Settlement's Robins Foundation Theater at 10 a.m., immediately before coin sales begin. Moy will sign certificates of authenticity, which will be limited to two certificates per customer.
The obverse (face) of the $5 gold coin depicts Capt. John Smith conversing with a Virginia Indian. The coin's reverse pictures the Jamestown Memorial Church -- the only structure remaining from the settlement's earliest years. The gold coin sells for $255.
The obverse of the silver dollar depicts "Three Faces of Diversity," representing the Indian, European and African cultures that converged at Jamestown. The reverse depicts the three ships -- Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery -- that brought the first settlers to Jamestown. The silver coin sells for $39.
Coins also can be ordered beginning Wednesday at catalog.usmint.gov or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).