American Veterans Disabled For Life Commemorative Coin

2010 American Veterans Disabled For Life Proof Coin - Click to Enlarge

2010 American Veterans Disabled For Life Proof Coin - Click to Enlarge

The first of two newly designed commemorative coins from the United States Mint for the year will appear on February 25, 2010. Named the 2010 American Veterans Disabled for Life Silver Dollar, each coin will be struck from 90% silver and 10% copper with a maximum mintage of 350,000.

The bill authorizing the coins was introduced in the United States House of Representatives on January 23, 2007 by co-sponsors Represent Dennis Moore and Representative Mark Kirk. An identical copy was introduced in the United States Senate by Senator Tim Johnson in October of 2007. It was not until May and June of 2008 that the House and Senate passed the American Veterans Disabled for Life Commemorative Coin Act respectively. President Bush signed the Act into law on July 17, 2008.

A $10 surcharge will be added to the price of each commemorative coin. The funds raised by that surcharge will be given to the Disabled Veterans’ LIFE Memorial Foundation to aid in the construction of the Disabled Vets memorial, located in Washington D.C.

2010 American Veterans Disabled For Life Uncirculated Coin - Click to Enlarge

2010 American Veterans Disabled For Life Uncirculated Coin - Click to Enlarge

When the House bill passed, co-sponsor Rep. Mark Kirk had this comment:

"We owe our disabled veterans a considerable debt for their sacrifices. This bill will help generate the necessary funds for a memorial near the nation’s Capitol - one that appropriately honors their service. As a naval reserve officer, I am proud that Congress is taking action to preserve the legacy of these heroes."

An interesting section of the Act states that "It is the sense of the Congress that the coins minted under this Act should be struck at the United States Mint at West Point, New York, to the greatest extent possible." The Act goes on, however, that only one version (proof or uncirculated) should be struck at any single facility.

Coin Design

The obverse of the coin shows the legs of three disabled veterans with the inscription "THEY STOOD UP FOR US" arcing over the top of them.

On the reverse, oak branches are bound with a ribbon into a wreath. At the base of the wreath is a forget-me-not flower. Inside the wreath the inscription is the inscription "Take This Moment to Honor Our Disabled Defenders of Freedom."

2010 Boy Scout Silver Coin Specifications

Mint: to be announced
Finish/Condition: Uncirculated; Proof
Metal Content: 90% silver, 10% copper
Weight: 26.730 grams nominal
Diameter:1.500 inches (+-0.003) or 38.10 mm (+-0.08)
Edge: Reeded
Issue Date: 25 February 2010
Mintages: 350,000 across all product options
Obverse Designer/Engraver: Don Everhart
Reverse Designer/Engraver: Thomas Cleveland/Norm Nemeth

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