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Friday, January 28, 2011

2011 United States Army Commemorative Coins

The US Mint will begin sales of the 2011 U.S. Army Commemorative Coins on January 31, 2011. A total of three different coins in proof and uncirculated versions will be available through the program.

The 2011 U.S. Army $5 Gold Coin represents the U.S. Army's service in war with depictions of soldiers from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I, World War II, and the modern era. The reverse is based on the official U.S. Army emblem. The coins are struck in 90% gold and 10% alloy. The gold content is 0.242 troy ounces.

The maximum authorized mintage across proof and uncirculated versions of the $5 gold coin is 100,000.
The 2011 United States Army Silver Dollar is intended to symbolize the worldwide deployment of the 21st century Army. The busts of a male and female soldier are shown with a globe in the background. The reverse features the Great Seal of the United States with the seven core values of the U.S. Army surrounding. The coins are struck in 90% silver and 10% copper, with silver content of 0.7736 troy ounces.

The maximum authorized mintage for the silver dollars is 500,000 across proof and uncirculated versions.

Last, a clad composition 2011 U.S. Army Half Dollar represents the contributions of the Army during peacetime. The image includes a solider surveying, two servicemen building a floodwall, and the Redstone Army rocket. The reverse portrays a Continental solider armed with a musket to symbolize the U.S. Army as the first military service to defend the country. The maximum mintage is 750,000 across proof and uncirculated versions.

Based on the mint marks present on the coin images, a four different US Mint facilities will be utilized to strike the U.S. Army commemorative coins. The authorizing legislation requires that at least one US Mint facility to be used to strike proof quality coins and one other facility be used to strike uncirculated coins.

The West Point Mint will strike the proof $5 gold coins. The Philadelphia Mint will strike the uncirculated $5 gold coins and proof silver dollars. The San Francisco Mint will strike the uncirculated silver dollars and proof half dollars. The Denver Mint will produce the uncirculated half dollars.

Initially, the United States Army Commemorative coins will be available under lower introductory pricing. After March 2, 2011, 5:00 PM, higher regular pricing will go into effect. The introductory and regular pricing for each coin is shown below:

Introductory Regular
Proof $5 Gold $449.95 $454.95
Unc $5 Gold $439.95 $444.95
Proof Silver Dollar $54.95 $59.95
Unc Silver Dollar $49.95 $54.95
Proof Half Dollar $17.95 $21.95
Unc Half Dollar $15.95 $19.95

Included in the price of each coin are surcharges distributable to the Army Historical Foundation to support the construction of the National Museum of the United States Army at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Surcharges are $35 for each gold coin, $10 for each silver dollar, and $5 for each half dollar.

The US Mint does not plan to offer any mutli-coin sets or other special collector sets for this program.

Even though sales will begin next week, the US Mint indicates that the coins are expected by February 28, 2011.

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36 Comments:

At January 28, 2011 at 12:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard that the US Mint was offering a 9/11 medal this year? Is that still going to happen?

 
At January 28, 2011 at 12:12 PM , Blogger Mint News Blog said...

Yes, it will be a one ounce silver medal. Designs are still under development. The US Mint aims to release the coins around the 9/11 10th anniversary date.

 
At January 28, 2011 at 12:17 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the continental soldier on the half dollar looks really neat reminds me of the 1976 quarter, but the other side of the coin not. And whats up with the odd dividing line or 'ellipti/angle' on the back.

 
At January 28, 2011 at 12:58 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Each of these coins has an awesome design. I love the vintage look.

 
At January 28, 2011 at 2:28 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The guy with the gun on the gold coin looks like Michael Jackson.

 
At January 28, 2011 at 3:41 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

gold $5.00 and silver $1.00 were very good. obverse of $.50 is terrible. they should have put the reverse design on the obverse and the reverse uses some kind of official seal. like those of $5.00 and $1.00.

 
At January 28, 2011 at 4:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

the gold is just way to expensive

 
At January 28, 2011 at 5:41 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

No disrespect intended but those prices are too steep for the items as shown. Hate to say it, but I'll pass on this offering too. A minor improvement over some of the 2010 failures, but not worth the asking prices. Sorry. I will stay vigilant for the next few 2011 items.

 
At January 28, 2011 at 6:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pass.

 
At January 28, 2011 at 6:59 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy cr-p! Look at the prices! Time to send the mint a message with a boycott.

 
At January 28, 2011 at 7:14 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please boycott....keep the mintage low.

 
At January 28, 2011 at 7:51 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Passing @ these prices!!

 
At January 28, 2011 at 8:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm out..............

 
At January 28, 2011 at 8:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice try flips above.

 
At January 28, 2011 at 8:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The silver dollar is another PC interpretation of the Army’s anniversary just as the Boy Scout anniversary dollar was last year. As an Army vet myself I would have much preferred a classic Norman Rockwell type of design on this silver dollar however I think the obverse on this dollar is a good design. The gold $5.00 coin is a better interpretation of the Army’s anniversary and a similar theme of the American solider through history would have been much better. Lately is seems that the commemorative silver dollars are lacking design, imagination and are pushing a PC agenda. I still will buy one of these dollars although I am jealous that the Marines had a good design on their anniversary coin.

 
At January 28, 2011 at 11:14 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is that the monolith from "2001" on the half dollar?

 
At January 29, 2011 at 1:03 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Silver prices for March delivery surged 88.8 cents, or 3.3 percent, to $27.919 an ounce. It ranged from $26.300 to $28.03.

The precious metal is down 9.8 percent on the year.

POP! Greedy speculators and flippers will soon find that their "investment" and lack of faith in the US Government will pop in their faces.

 
At January 29, 2011 at 1:05 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mint News Blog.... Serious question.... What is the difference between a commemorative coin and a medal? (Other than the obvious)

Mint News Blog said...
Yes, it will be a one ounce silver medal. Designs are still under development. The US Mint aims to release the coins around the 9/11 10th anniversary date.

 
At January 29, 2011 at 2:44 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ummmm, I is a coin collector and becuz of dat, I ain't too smart.

But I thought that if a gold coin cost $100s, then it don't matter, cuz I is a coin COLLECTOR, not a coin spekulator. So how much $$ it cost to get a coin don't matter 2 me. So if I want a coin, cuz I is a coin collector, then how much I pay for the coin don't matter.

Gee, I am really smart! I is a coin collector!

 
At January 29, 2011 at 3:52 AM , Blogger Mint News Blog said...

A coin has a legal tender face value, a medal does not.

 
At January 29, 2011 at 4:31 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Pop, you're back in full force and the steady climb higher can now safely return! I know you were calling gold a bubble when we were in the 900s, when did you call silver a bubble, was it 16 or 18?

 
At January 29, 2011 at 5:28 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gee whiz anonymous, how did you know I am a Pop? My dear honeybunch is a Mom.

 
At January 29, 2011 at 7:57 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

POP! POP! POP!

BUY! BUY! BUY!

 
At January 29, 2011 at 7:59 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

When gas is up, sugar is up, oil is up, coffee is up, etc. It all means that the dollar is down. And going down as they print more and more like Weimar Germany.

Soon you can buy bread with a wheel barrow full of paper money, or with one thin silver dime (pre-1965).

 
At January 29, 2011 at 8:37 AM , Anonymous Steven said...

Overall, nice looking designs. The half obverse is a bit busy, though, and I would have reversed the design so the rocket is pointing up at the phrase "U.S. ARMY" instead of the word "PEACE."

 
At January 29, 2011 at 8:46 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where is "E Pluribus Unum" on the Silver Dollar Coin?

 
At January 29, 2011 at 9:05 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its on the banner above the eagle.

 
At January 29, 2011 at 9:16 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess they are not using burnished blanks with a satin finish on these unc coins. IN THE PAST THE MINT TELLS USE WHAT THE FINISH WILL BE,NOT THIS TIME,WHEN THEY SAID NO SATIN FINISH ON DOLLAR COINS,THIS MUST BE ON ALL COINS THAT SAY 1 DOLLAR ON THEM INCLUDING SILVER EAGLES

 
At January 29, 2011 at 9:30 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It sound like westpoint will only be making the proof coins,s/f will be making the unc coins

 
At January 29, 2011 at 10:36 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really like the Gold design with the soldiers from various eras. But I just cant bring myself to pay such ridiculous prices....

 
At January 29, 2011 at 12:57 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reverse of the dollar is a total waste. It is like a JFK 1/2 reverse, with a ring around it. Blah. The rest are pretty decent.

 
At January 29, 2011 at 8:17 PM , Blogger Rick said...

Michael, or numi's, is that clad composition on these medals the same as the current Kennedy halves ? And what is that too by the way ? Thanks.

 
At January 30, 2011 at 4:40 AM , Blogger Mint News Blog said...

Do you mean the clad composition U.S. Army half dollar?

If you are referring to that coin, the composition is the same as the current Kennedy Half Dollar at 91.67% copper, 8.33% nickel.

 
At January 30, 2011 at 7:48 PM , Blogger Rick said...

Yes, thanks. I saw the specs you gave on the silver & gold coins and didn't see specs on the 1/2 dollar/medal.

 
At January 31, 2011 at 10:12 AM , Blogger Rick said...

Agreed, I'm waiting for now. If they do appreciate it'll take a while, maybe after a sellout if/when gold/silver hits $1700/$60 per oz. respectively. we'll see later in the fall.
I'm getting the feeling the PF Buff is going to be pulled very soon. It's been quietly sitting there ignored by all the other hype going on. Mintage wise it is time to go to be a good keeper for collectors.

 
At January 31, 2011 at 11:52 AM , Blogger vabeachbumz said...

While these offerings do seem to be a little pricey, keep in mind that $35 of the cost of the gold coins is applied to the Army Historical Foundation. Similar percentages for the silver and clad coins.

At the opening price of $450 for the proof - and less the $35 donation, this coin contains (per the article) .242 troy oz. of gold for $415. According to the Mint's pricing grid, the 2010 Proof Quarter Eagle at today's spot would be priced at $415.50.

After you get past the donation - and the fact that it isn't an AGE coin, this unique issue has an appealing design and is priced no higher than similar Mint products that already have sold out. While I think there will be a high level of interest among today's active duty and military retirees, I do not think we will see a sell-out.

To quote the several sage posters on this blog - Grandpa, Lasloo and others - Buy what you like and can afford. Because I do, and can, I will.

 

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