2011 Medal of Honor Commemorative Coins

The 2011 Medal of Honor Commemorative Coins are one of two commemorative series issued by the United States Mint in 2011. There will be two unique versions of the coin - one $5 gold piece and one silver dollar. Both will be struck to proof and uncirculated condition.

Authorized by the "Medal of Honor Commemorative Coin Act of 2009," (Public Law 111-91), these commemorative strikes are to be issued to recognize and celebrate the creation of the Medal of Honor 150 years earlier, in 1861, and to acknowledge the less than 3,500 individuals who have been recipients of it since then.

According to the authorizing Act the "The Medal of Honor is presented by the President of the United States in the name of the Congress, to a person who, while a member of the United States Armed Forces, distinguishes himself or herself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in action against an enemy of the United States; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party."

Specifications in the Act dictate that the Mint shall strike no more than 100,000 of the $5 gold coins from an alloy containing 90% of the precious metal. They shall have a diameter of 0.850 inches and a weight of 8.359 grams.

The 90% silver dollars will have a diameter of 1.5 inches and a weight of 26.73 grams with a maximum mintage of 500,000. Both will contain designs "emblematic of the traditions, legacy, and
heritage of the Medal of Honor, and the distinguished service
of its recipients in the Nation’s history."

A surcharge of $35 per gold coin and $10 per silver will be added to each sale by the Mint. This surcharge will be forwarded to the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
to help finance the programs
of the Foundation.

Coin Design

The $5 Gold Coin shows the original Medal of Honor authorized by Congress in 1861 along with the inscriptions of LIBERTY, 1861, 2011, IN GOD WE TRUST and MEDAL OF HONOR on its obverse. On the reverse, the mythical figure of Minerva is shown standing with a shield in her right hand and the Union flag in her left hand, flanked by a cannon of the Civil War era. Also shown on the reverse is the inscriptions of UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, $5 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.

An image of each of the three modern Medal of Honors is shown on the obverse of the silver dollar representing the Army, Navy and Air Force along with the inscriptions of LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST, MEDAL OF HONOR and 1861–2011. The reverse shows a contemporary infantry soldier carrying a wounded soldier to safety along with the inscriptions of UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ONE DOLLAR and E PLURIBUS UNUM.

2011 Medal of Honor Coin Specifications

Mint: to be announced
Finish/Condition: Uncirculated; Proof
Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% alloy / 90% silver, 10% copper
Weight: 8.359 grams / 26.730 grams
Diameter:0.850 inches / 1.500 inches
Edge: Reeded
Issue Date: TBD
Mintages: 100,000 / 500,000
Obverse Designer/Engraver: TBD
Reverse Engraver: TBD

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