Designs approved by Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner for the
three-coin 2011 United States Army Commemorative Coin Program were
unveiled Dec. 11 in Philadelphia during the 111th Army-Navy football game.
The design unveiling for the three coins was held between the
third and fourth quarters of the game at Liberty Financial Field, home
to the National Football League’s Philadelphia Eagles.
The program comprises a copper-nickel clad half dollar, a .900
fine silver dollar and a .900 fine gold $5 half eagle honoring the
nation’s oldest military branch. The U.S. Army was established on June
The commemorative coins are scheduled to go on sale sometime in
early February, with purchase prices to be announced Jan. 31.
“The designs for the 2011 U.S. Army Commemorative Coins unveiled
today celebrate our magnificent Army’s storied history and heritage
and signify a remarkable public tribute to every American Soldier who
has served our nation in war and in peace,” noted Secretary of the
Army John M. McHugh following the Dec. 11 unveiling.
U.S. Army Chief of Staff General George W. Casey Jr.; retired
Brig. Gen. Creighton W. Abrams Jr., executive director of the Army
Historical Foundation; and retired Col. David R. Fabian, also from the
foundation, unveiled the commemorative coin designs.
Provisions of the United States Army Commemorative Coin Act of
2008, Public Law 110-450, signed into law Dec. 1, 2008, by President
George W. Bush, authorize the production in Proof and Uncirculated
versions combined of up to 100,000 gold half eagles, 500,000 silver
dollars and 750,000 copper-nickel clad half dollars.
The purchase price of each half eagle will carry a $35 surcharge;
each dollar, a $10 surcharge; and each half dollar, a $5 surcharge.
Surcharges, after the U.S. Mint recoups product costs, will be paid to
the Army Historical Foundation to support the construction of the
National Museum of the United States Army at Fort Belvoir, Va.
The enabling 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 the present.
The half eagle’s design represents the subtheme “Service in War.”
U.S. Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Joel Iskowitz
designed the obverse, which was sculptured by U.S. Mint Medallic
Sculptor Phebe Hemphill. The design reflects the U.S. Army’s war
service from the Revolutionary War through today, symbolizing its
continuity of strength and readiness. The coin features, from left to
right, Continental, Civil War, modern, World War II and World War I soldiers.
The reverse was designed and sculptured by U.S. Mint Medallic
Sculptor Joseph F. Menna. It is based on the official U.S. Army emblem
and represents the unbroken history of loyalty and commitment to
defend the nation.
The Proof gold half eagle will be struck at the West Point Mint
and carry the W Mint mark while the Uncirculated version will be
struck at the Philadelphia Mint and bear the P Mint mark.
The silver dollar’s designs symbolize the subtheme of “Modern Service.”
The obverse was designed by AIP Master Designer Richard Masters
and sculptured by U.S. Mint Medallic Sculptor Michael Gaudioso. It
depicts back-to-back portraits of a male soldier and female soldier
over a partial globe, symbolizing worldwide deployment of the 21st
century U.S. Army.
The reverse design symbolizes the seven core values of the U.S.
Army (loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and
personal courage). It features an image of the Great Seal of the
United States, worn on U.S. Army dress and service uniforms since the
early 1800s. The reverse was designed by AIP Master Designer Susan
Gamble and sculptured by U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Donald Everhart II.
The Proof silver dollar is being struck at the Philadelphia Mint
with the P Mint mark and the Uncirculated dollar at the San Francisco
Mint with the S Mint mark.
The copper-nickel clad half dollar features the subtheme “Service
The obverse of the coin, to signify the contributions of the U.S.
Army during peacetime, features a U.S. Army soldier surveying, two
servicemen building a flood wall and a Redstone Army rocket used
during early space exploration. The obverse was designed by AIP Master
Designer Donna Weaver (who is also a retired U.S. Mint
sculptor-engraver) and sculptured by U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver
Charles L. Vickers.
The reverse, symbolizing the U.S. Army as the first military
service to defend the country and its key role in the nation’s
internal development, features an enlisted Continental soldier armed
with a musket, along with 13 stars representing the original Colonies.
The reverse was designed by AIP Master Designer Thomas Cleveland
and sculptured by Menna.
The Proof half dollar is being struck at the San Francisco Mint
and bears the S Mint mark, and the Uncirculated half dollar is being
struck at the Denver Mint with the D Mint mark.
For information about the Army Historical Foundation, visit online
at www.armyhistory.org. For more information about
the U.S. Mint, visit www.usmint.gov. ■