The 1986 Statue of Liberty Half Dollar was one of three commemorative coins issued to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty. Notably, the half dollar was the first commemorative coin for this denomination struck in the copper nickel clad composition. The obverse of the coin depicts a ship of immigrants entering New York Harbor. The skyline is circa 1913, with an image of the Statue of Liberty in the foreground and a rising sun in the background. The inscriptions include “Liberty”, “In God We Trust”, and the date “1986”. The obverse was designed by Edgar Z. Steever IV. The reverse of the coin features a family of immigrants witnessing a view of America from a pier or wharf at Ellis Island. The inscriptions read “United States of America”, “A Nation of Immigrants”, “E Pluribus Unum”, and the denomination “Half Dollar”. The reverse was designed by Sherl Joseph Winter.