Army foundation unveils commemorative coins

| February 11, 2011 | 0 Comments
Three new coins from the U.S. Mint, which feature Army-themed scenes, will help with construction of the National Museum of the U.S. Army. (Courtesy Photo)

Three new coins from the U.S. Mint, which feature Army-themed scenes, will help with construction of the National Museum of the U.S. Army. (Courtesy Photo)

C. Todd Lopez
Army News Service

 

WASHINGTON — Three coins commemorating the Army are now available for purchase from the U.S. Mint.

The designs for the three coins were unveiled at a ceremony at the Pentagon, Jan. 31. The coins feature artwork that commemorates the Army at war, the Army during peacetime and the modern Army of today. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the coins will go toward construction of the National Museum of the U.S. Army.

“What I love about these coins being launched … is that they celebrate Army history with their images and honor the 30 million American men and women who have worn the uniform since 1775,” said retired Brig. Gen. Creighton Abrams Jr., executive director, Army Historical Foundation, or AHF.

Abrams said the coins are important for two reasons. The first is that sale of the coins will help the AHF build the Army museum at Fort Belvoir, Va. The museum is expected to open in 2015, in conjunction with the Army’s 240th birthday.

“It will engage, educate, inspire and honor Soldiers, veterans, families and visitors of all ages,” Abrams said, adding that the symbolism of the coins is significant.

“These are the first-ever Army commemorative coins, and I think they are great mementos if you have got a relative who served in the Army or if you served yourself,” he said.

The three pieces include a $5 dollar gold coin, a silver dollar and a clad half-dollar. The gold coin features five Soldiers, from colonial times through the modern era. The silver coin features both a male and female bust, in front of a globe, meant to symbolize today’s worldwide deployments. Finally, the clad coin represents peacetime contributions of the active duty Army, Army National Guard and the Army Reserve Soldier.

“Their symbolic value is certain to resonate with our more than one million serving Soldiers and their families, and our 11 million surviving Army veterans across the country as sincere public appreciation for their selfless service and personal sacrifices,” Abrams said.

“The men and women of the U.S. Mint are proud to produce these coins, not only to celebrate the Army’s exemplary history, but also to honor the dedication, courage and sacrifices of all American Soldiers, many of whom are deployed throughout the world today,” said Daniel Shaver, U.S. Mint.

The mint will produce 100,000 gold coins, 500,000 silver coins, and 750,000 half-dollar coins.

Army’s commemorative coins
To purchase the coins, visit the U.S. mint at www.usmint.gov/catalog, prices range from $20 for the clad coin to $450 for the gold coin.

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