In honor of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday on May 26, Coin
World is publishing a series of posts taking readers through
coins related to major U.S. wars.
Previous Memorial Day posts:
The United States entered World War II after the Japanese bombed
Pearl Harbor in 1941 and stayed in until the Allied powers defeated
the Axis powers in 1945. According to PBS, 292,131 U.S. soldiers died on
the battlefield, and another 115,185 died as a result of battlefield
injuries, disease or accidents.
The fourth post in our Memorial Day series focuses on coins that
honor those dead and the leaders that made sure they didn't die in vain.
1993 50th Anniversary of World War II
commemoratives: The U.S. Mint issued clad half dollar, silver
$1 and gold $5 coins dated 1991-1995 to honor World War II veterans a
half century after the Allied victory.
different coins feature three different design combinations:
- Clad half dollar: Obverse features faces of three armed
services members over “V for victory” symbol, reverse features
Pacific theater battle scene.
- Silver $1: Obverse features
soldier storming Normandy Beach, reverse features Allied sleeve
insignia and Eisenhower quote.
- Gold $5: Obverse features
soldier celebrating victory, reverse features “V for Victory” with
corresponding Morse code symbols.
The 2015 Red Book pegs MS-67 versions of the coins at $21 for the
half dollar (197,072 were distributed), $40 for the $1 (107,240
distributed), and $400 for the $5 (23,672 distributed).
2013 5-Star Generals commemoratives: The
clad half dollar, silver $1 and gold $5 feature on their obverses,
respectively, World War II generals Henry “Hap” Arnold and Omar N.
Bradley, George C. Marshall and Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Douglas
The reverse of the half dollar features the
crest of Fort Leavensworth, while the $1 and $5 reverses feature the
The 2015 Red Book values an MS-67 half
dollar (distirbution of 38,097) at $23, an MS-67 $1 (distribution of
34,639) at $55, and an MS-67 $5 (distribution of 5,658) at $420.
1990 Eisenhower Centennial $1: A silver
dollar celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ike featured
two profiles of him on its obverse—right-facing as the 34th U.S.
president and left-facing as one of the aforementioned 5-Star World
War II generals.
The coin’s reverse features the
Eisenhower home at Gettysburg.
An MS-67 version of the
coin, of which 241,669 were distributed, is valued in the 2015 Red
Book at $35.
Other World War II related numismatic
Military bronze medals honoring important World War II
servicemen, including the
Montford Point Marines,
Nisei Soldiers and
Native American Code Talkers.
2005 Marine Corps 230th Anniversary $1:
The obverse features a reproduction of the famous photo of a team of
marines lifting the American flag at Iwo Jima.
Which Civil War-related coins are we forgetting? Tell us in the
comment section below!