The West Point Mint strikes of the 2011 National September 11
Memorial and Museum commemorative medal released for sale at noon June
20 appear to be more popular with the public than their counterparts
struck at the Philadelphia Mint.
U.S. Mint spokesman Michael White said that as of 1:30 p.m. June
22, sales reached 35,036 medals, with 21,256 for the West Point Mint
and 13,780 for the Philadelphia Mint. A combined maximum of 2 million
of the Proof 1-ounce .999 fine silver medals will be produced and offered.
Coinciding with the noon sales launch, Treasurer of the United
States Rosa “Rosie” Gumataotao Rios joined U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler,
D-N.Y., at the 9/11 Memorial Preview Site near the World Trade Center
site to officially launch the sales. Nadler introduced the enabling
legislation in the House, which was approved and signed into law Aug.
The medals authorized are in commemoration of the 10th anniversary
of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States and the
establishment of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the
World Trade Center.
The act calls for the production of up to 2 million 1-ounce silver
medals in Proof, with production divided between the Philadelphia Mint
and the West Point Mint. Each medal will bear either the P or W Mint
mark to indicate the facility where the medal was struck. The Mint
mark appears in the lower right portion of the reverse at the 4
The division of production for each facility will be determined by
how the orders are placed. Customers may order examples of the medal
from one or both facilities, with no household limits on how many of
each medal may be ordered.
Shipping of the medals to the customers who ordered them will not
begin until Sept. 1.
The introductory sales period began at noon June 20 and runs
through 5 p.m. EDT after which regular issue prices will be charged.
The introductory price is $56.95 and the regular issue price, $66.95.
The purchase price of each medal includes a $10 surcharge that
will be paid to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, a
private not-for-profit organization overseeing the design and funding
of the memorial and museum at the World Trade Center site. The funds
will support the museum’s operations and maintenance once it is completed.
The medal is available for purchase at the U.S. Mint website, www.usmint.gov/catalog, or by
telephone to (800) 872-6468.
During the June 20 ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial Preview Site, 20
Vesey St., Lower Manhattan, Rios and Nadler presented a shadowbox
containing an example of one of the medals to Joe Daniels, president
and chief executive officer of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.
The obverse and reverse of the medal were designed by Donna
Weaver, a master designer with the U.S. Mint’s Artistic Infusion
Program and a former U.S. Mint sculptor-engraver. Weaver’s obverse
design was sculptured by U.S. Mint Medallic Sculptor Phebe Hemphill
and the reverse design sculptured by U.S. Mint Medallic Sculptor
Joseph F. Menna.
The initials of all three artists — dw for Weaver, ph for Hemphill
and jfm for Menna, appear.
Weaver’s obverse design features Lady Liberty holding the Lamp of
Remembrance. Behind her are beacons of light stretching skyward.
Liberty, the lamp and the light symbolize the immeasurable loss on
Sept. 11, 2001, and the resiliency and triumph of those who
persevered, according to the Mint. Inscriptions are always remember
and the dates 2001 – 2011.
The reverse design depicts an eagle, symbolizing the strength of
the survivors, the families and the nation, against a backdrop of
cascading water. The flowing water is emblematic of peace, serenity,
healing and the continuity of life. Inscriptions are honor and hope,
stacked atop each other.
No inscription explicitly identifies the medal’s theme as the
Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The medals are being struck on the same 1-ounce, .999 fine
planchets used for striking American Eagle silver bullion coins.
The medals will bear a plain edge. ■