The United States Mint announced today that it will begin accepting orders for the 2011 United States Army Commemorative Coins at noon Eastern Time (ET) on January 31. Public Law 110-450 authorizes the United States Mint to mint and issue a maximum of 100,000 $5 gold coins, 500,000 silver $1 coins, and 750,000 half-dollar clad coins to recognize and celebrate the founding of the United States Army.
Founded in 1775, the United States Army has served this country well for 236 years. It has played a decisive role in protecting and defending freedom throughout our history and has consistently answered the call to serve the American people at home and abroad since the Revolutionary War. More than 30 million American men and women have served in the U.S. Army since its founding.
Public Law 110-450, the “United States Army Commemorative Coin Act of 2008,” was passed by Congress and signed into law by President George W. Bush on December 1, 2008. It authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to mint and issue $5 gold, $1 silver and half-dollar clad coins in recognition and celebration of the founding of the U.S. Army. As authorized, the United States Mint will produce gold, silver and clad coins in both proof and uncirculated qualities. The act calls for the designs to be emblematic of the traditions, history and heritage of the U.S. Army and its role in American society from the Colonial period to today.
Surcharges in the amount of $35 for each gold coin, $10 for each silver coin and $5 for each clad coin sold are authorized to be paid to the Army Historical Foundation to support the construction of the National Museum of the United States Army at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
$5 Gold Coin – “Service in War”
Obverse: This design represents the U.S. Army’s war service from the Revolutionary War through today, symbolizing its continuity of strength and readiness. The design features, from left to right, Continental, Civil War, modern, World War II and World War I soldiers. Inscriptions are LIBERTY, 2011 and IN GOD WE TRUST.
Reverse: This design is based on the official U.S. Army emblem and represents the unbroken history of loyalty and commitment to defend the Nation. It includes the inscription This We’ll Defend, the motto of the U.S. Army. Additional inscriptions are DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY, E PLURIBUS UNUM, 1775, FIVE DOLLARS and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
$1 Silver Coin – “Modern Service”
Obverse: This design depicts the busts of a male and female soldier, symbolizing worldwide deployment of the 21st century U.S. Army. The inscriptions are LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and 2011.
Reverse: This design symbolizes the seven core values of the U.S. Army. The design features an image of the Great Seal of the United States, worn on Army dress and service uniforms since the early 1800′s. Inscriptions are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, U.S. ARMY, ONE DOLLAR and the seven core values: LOYALTY, DUTY, RESPECT, SELFLESS SERVICE, HONOR, INTEGRITY and PERSONAL COURAGE.
Half-Dollar Clad Coin – “Service in Peace”
Obverse: This design represents significant contributions of the U.S. Army during peacetime and features a U.S. Army soldier surveying, two servicemen building a flood wall and a Redstone Army rocket used during early space exploration. Inscriptions are U.S. ARMY, SERVICE IN PEACE, IN GOD WE TRUST, 2011 and LIBERTY.
Reverse: This design symbolizes the U.S. Army as the first military service to defend the country and its key role in the Nation’s internal development. It features an enlisted Continental soldier armed with a musket and 13 stars representing the original Colonies. Inscriptions are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, FIRST IN SERVICE TO THE NATION, E PLURIBUS UNUM and HALF DOLLAR.
Pricing for the 2011 United States Army Commemorative Coins is as follows:
|ARM1||$5 Gold Proof||$449.95||$454.95|
|ARM2||$5 Gold Uncirculated||$439.95||$444.95|
|ARM3||Silver $1 Proof||$54.95||$59.95|
|ARM4||Silver $1 Uncirculated||$49.95||$54.95|
|ARM5||Clad Half-Dollar Proof||$17.95||$21.95|
|ARM6||Clad Half-Dollar Uncirculated||$15.95||19.95|
Orders will be accepted at http://www.usmint.gov/catalog or at the toll-free number 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers may order by calling TTY 1-888-321-MINT (6468). All domestic orders will be assessed a $4.95 fee to cover shipping and handling costs.