2012 Infantry Soldier Silver Coins

The 2012 Infantry Soldier Silver Dollar were first issued by the United States Mint on February 16, 2012 as one of two commemorative coin programs in 2012. According to the act of law which authorized them, the Infantry Soldier Silver Dollars are struck "in commemoration of the legacy of the United States Army Infantry and the establishment of the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center."

2012 Infantry Soldier Silver Dollars (proof and uncirculated)

The U.S. Mint produced the coins to proof and uncirculated qualities at its West Point facility. Introductory prices of $49.95 for the proof and $44.95 for the uncirculated were offered until March 19. After 5:00 PM ET on that day, each silver coin went up $5. Limited to 50,000, the U.S. Mint also offers a Infantry Silver Dollar Defenders of Freedom Set which includes a proof silver coin and replica dog tags on a miniature chain. This was introduced and remained at $51.95.

Up to 350,000 of the commemorative coins will be struck by the US Mint from a composition of 90% silver and 10% copper to a diameter of 1.5 inches.

The title of the authorizing act for the strikes is the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center Commemorative Coin Act which became Public Law 110-357. It was signed by President George W. Bush on October 8, 2008.

Designs for the Infantry Soldier Silver Dollar were unveiled by the Mint on October 27, 2011 at Fort Benning's historic Doughboy Stadium during a game between Fort Benning Doughboys and the Columbus State University Cougars.

2012 Commemorative Infantry Soldier Silver Dollar (US Mint line-art)

"The United States Mint wanted infantry soldiers and their families to be the first people in the nation to see the designs of this new U.S. commemorative silver dollar being created in their honor," said B. B. Craig, Associate Director of Sales and Marketing for the US Mint at the unveiling of the Infantry Soldier Silver Dollar designs. "So we have come here tonight, joined by these distinguished guests, to unveil the coin designs of the 2012 Infantry Soldier Silver Dollar for the first time."

Those interested in the coin may also want to look at the US Army Commemorative Coins issued in 2011.

Coin Design

Under the terms of the act which authorized the coins, the Infantry Soldier Silver Dollars "shall be emblematic of the courage, pride, sacrifice,
sense of duty, and history of the United States Infantry."

Accordingly, the obverse of the strike shows a modern infantry soldier poised on rough terrain and waving for his fellow troops to proceed. The design is emblematic of the "Follow Me" motto of the Infantry branch and also includes the inscriptions of IBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and 2012. The obverse was designed by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Michael Gaudioso.

The reverse of the coin contains a depiction of the insignia of the Infantry, two crossed rifles. Reverse inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ONE DOLLAR and E PLURIBUS UNUM. Ronald D. Sanders designed the reverse with Norman E. Nemeth sculpting.

2012 Infantry Soldier Commemorative Coin Specifications

Mint: West Point
Finish/Condition: Uncirculated; Proof
Metal Content: 90% silver, 10% copper
Weight: 26.730 grams
Diameter: 1.500 inches
Edge: Reeded
Issue Date: February 16, 2012
Mintages: 350,000
Obverse Design: Joel Iskowitz / Michael Gaudioso
Reverse Design: Ronald D. Sanders / Norman E. Nemeth

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