This particular coin comes in its original United States Mint packaging with a certificate of authenticity. In 1989, to celebrate the Bicentennial of the United States Congress the Department of the Treasury issued a beautiful half dollar. The obverse was designed by Patricia Lewis Verani and features the bust of the Statue of Freedom. Flanking both sides of the bust design are the years “1789” & “1989” as well as the designer's initials “PV”. Located directly below the year “1989” is the mint mark “S” for San Francisco or “D” for Denver, (note: proof coins were only minted at San Francisco and business strikes were only minted at Denver). This coin was minted in San Francisco, making it a proof coin. On the upper periphery are the words “BICENTENNIAL OF THE CONGRESS”. On the lower periphery are the words “LIBERTY” and “IN GOD WE TRUST”. The reverse was designed by William Woodard and engraved by Edgar Z. Steever. The main design features a full view of the Capitol Building surrounded by a wreath of 13 stars which represented the number of original states. On the upper periphery are the words “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA”. On the lower periphery are the words “HALF DOLLAR” and “E PLURIBUS UNIM”. Located in the bottom left of the design are the designer's initials “JW”. Located directly below the Capitol building to the left are the designer's initials “WW” and to the right are the engravers initials “EZS”.