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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Women Airforce Service Pilots Bronze Medals

Yesterday, the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) of World War II were honored with the Congressional Gold Medal. The United States Mint will produce and offer for sale 3 inch and 1.5 inch bronze reproductions, as they have done for prior Congressional Gold Medals.

The WASP was composed of the first women to fly American military aircraft. During World War II, they flew domestic supply and other non-combat flights. The medals were awarded to surviving members and representatives of deceased members to honor their pioneering military service that led to reform in the U.S. Armed Forces.

The obverse of the medal features the portrait of a WASP member with three others and an AT-6 in the background. The reverse features three aircraft flown by WASP members, the AT-6, B-26, and P-51. The obverse was designed by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill, and the reverse was designed and sculpted by Don Everhart.

The US Mint's bronze reproductions of the medal will go on sale March 26, 2010. The 3 inch medal is priced at $42.00 and the 1.5 inch medal is priced at $6.00. These price levels are higher than other recently issued bronze medals based on Congressional Medals of Honor. Prior price levels were $38.00 and $3.75.

Does the price increase for this product signal a similar increase for the First Spouse Bronze Medals? Yesterday, I posted on the price increases for the 2010 annual sets.

Recently released individual First Spouse bronze medals have been priced at $3.50, the Presidential $1 Coin and First Spouse Bronze Medal Sets have been priced at $8.95, and last year's five medal set was priced at $15.95. These products have been popular with collectors as an inexpensive alternative to the gold coins, and in some cases have outperformed the gold coins on the secondary market.

For now, we'll have to wait and see how the 2010 First Spouse Bronze Medals are priced.


At March 11, 2010 at 2:56 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What - no men on the coin?

Okay, now that is out of the way, great looking coin. Would make a great present to a someone whose mom/grandmother/great-grandmother performed a vital service during the war. Give the young ones something to take to school for show and tell with some service pics and keep their story alive

At March 11, 2010 at 4:11 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really nice coin, Except for the spouses I've never bought a medal, but I might this one. I'd much rather have this in my collection than the Boy Scout commemorative--sorry, I had to throw that in.

At March 11, 2010 at 5:59 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know the mintage of these medals?

At March 11, 2010 at 6:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It actually looks like something that it is supposed to, real airplanes, not birds, or real women and not cartoons. 100X better than the upcoming Boy Scout.

At March 11, 2010 at 7:01 PM , Blogger Bowtie said...

are proof gold eagles planned for this year?

At March 12, 2010 at 6:18 AM , Blogger Mint News Blog said...

"Does anyone know the mintage of these medals?"

There is no stated mintage or maximum production. I believe they are minted to demand for an unspecified period of time. Medals for the last few years are still available for sale on the US Mint's website.

"are proof gold eagles planned for this year?"

Unfortunately, no new information on this yet. It will presumably be the same story as last year, the US Mint will make them if they feel they are meeting full demand for bullion coins.

At March 12, 2010 at 5:12 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW this is great design,i think this would appreciate more if this was a legal tender!


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