Introductory discount sales by the United States Mint of Proof and
Uncirculated 2011 Medal of Honor gold $5 half eagles and silver
dollars were scheduled to begin at noon Eastern Time Feb. 25.
The introductory sales period ends on March 28 at 5:00 p.m.
Eastern Time, when regular pricing takes effect.
The ordering options, with the introductory price first followed
by the regular price, are:
➤ Single Proof half eagle, $449.95/$454.95
➤ Single Uncirculated half eagle, $439.95/$444.95
➤ Single Proof silver dollar, $54.95/$59.95
➤ Single Uncirculated silver dollar, $49.95/$54.95
The enabling legislation, the Medal of Honor Commemorative Coin
Act of 2009, Public Law 111-91, authorizes the Mint to produce and
issue a maximum of 100,000 gold $5 coins and 500,000 silver dollars in
recognition and celebration of the establishment of the Medal of Honor
in 1861; to honor the American service members who have been
recipients of the Medal of Honor; and to promote awareness of how
ordinary Americans can challenge fate and change the course of history.
Surcharges from the sale of each coin — $35 for each gold coin and
$10 for each silver dollar — are authorized to be paid to the
Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation to help finance its
educational, scholarship and outreach programs, once the Mint has
recouped all production and related costs.
The Proof gold half eagle is being stuck at the West Point Mint
and will bear the W Mint mark on the reverse. The gold Uncirculated
half eagle will be struck at the Philadelphia Mint and bear the P Mint mark.
The Proof silver dollar is being struck at the Philadelphia Mint
with the P Mint mark, with the Uncirculated version produced at the
San Francisco Mint with the S Mint mark.
The half eagle obverse, designed and sculptured by U.S. Mint
Medallic Sculptor Joseph F. Menna, depicts the original Medal of Honor
authorized by Congress in 1861 as the Navy’s highest personal decoration.
The reverse for the half eagle, designed by U.S. Mint Artist
Infusion Program Master Designer Joel Iskowitz and sculptured by U.S.
Mint Medallic Sculptor Michael Gaudioso, features the goddess Minerva,
based on the common central image on the original Army, Navy and Air
Force Medals of Honor. Minerva, standing with a shield representing
the Army and Navy in her right hand and the Union flag in her left
hand, is flanked by a field artillery cannon and wheel of the Civil
U.S. Mint Medallic Sculptor Jim Licaretz designed and sculptured
the silver dollar obverse, which features from the viewer’s left to
right the three current Army, Navy and Air Force Medals of Honor. The
ribbon with field of stars in the center is the common feature of all
three medals, reflecting the joint nature of modern era warfare and
the fact that the Medal of Honor is the only U.S. military medal worn
around the neck.
The reverse, designed by AIP Master Designer Richard Masters and
sculptured by Mint Medallic Sculptor Phebe Hemphill, depicts a
contemporary Army infantry soldier carrying a wounded soldier to
safety under enemy fire, reflecting the courage and self-sacrifice of
all Medal of Honor recipients.
Orders for the 2011 Medal of Honor coins will be accepted at www.usmint.gov/catalog or at (800) 872-6468.
Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order by
calling (888) 321-6468.
All domestic orders will be assessed a $4.95 fee to cover shipping
and handling costs. ■