2011 US Army Commemorative Coins
The 2011 US Army Commemorative Coins are the first of two commemorative coins series to be issued by the US Mint in 2011. These strikes honor the United States Army with three different commemorative strikes - a $5 gold coin, a silver dollar and a clad half dollar.
Congress authorized the 2011 US Army Commemorative Coins with the passage of the United States Army Commemorative Coin Act of 2008. This legislation became Public Law No: 110-450 when President George W. Bush signed it on December 1, 2008.
According to the Act, the purpose of the Act was:
To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in recognition and celebration of the establishment of the United States Army in 1775, to honor the American soldier of both today and yesterday, in wartime and in peace, and to commemorate the traditions, history, and heritage of the United States Army and its role in American society, from the Colonial period to today.
Accordingly, the 2011 US Army Commemorative Coins feature three different themes. The $5 gold coin depicts a "Service in War" theme. The silver dollar shows a "Modern Service" theme. Finally, the clad half dollar has a "Service in Peace" theme.
The United States Mint indicates a release date of January 31, 2011 for the 2011 US Army Commemorative Coin series.
The $5 gold coin shows the "Service in War" theme with an obverse showing five soldiers representing the Army since its inception in 1775. The reverse contains the official US Army emblem.
For the Silver Dollar "Modern Service" theme, the obverse of the coin shows the bust of a male and female soldier standing back to back with each-other wearing modern gear. The reverse of the strike shows the Great Seal of the United States which has been worn on the Army uniforms since the 1800's.
The clad half dollar "Service in Peace" coin shows three scenes of the Army operating in peace on its obverse - a soldier surveying, two soldiers building a flood retention wall and a Redstone Army rocket used during the initial days of space exploration. The reverse contains an image of a Continental Army soldier indicative of the fact that the Army was the first branch of the military created by the United States.
2011 US Army Commemorative Coin Specifications
Mint: to be announced
Finish/Condition: Uncirculated; Proof
Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% alloy / 90% silver, 10% copper / 8.33% nickel, balance copper
Weight: 8.359 grams / 26.730 grams / 11.34 gram
Diameter:0.850 inches / 1.500 inches / 1.205 inches
Issue Date: TBD
Mintages: 100,000 / 500,000 / 750,000
Gold Coin Design: Obverse - Joel Iskowitz / Phebe Hemphill --- Reverse - Joseph Menna
Silver Dollar Design: Obverse - Michael Gaudioso --- Reverse - Susan Gamble / Don Everhart
Half Dollar Design: Obverse - Charles L. Vickers --- Reverse - Thomas Cleveland / Joseph Menna