Over the weekend, the US Mint unveiled the designs for the American Veterans Disabled for Life Silver Dollar. This commemorative coin will be released in 2010 to honor veterans who became disabled for life while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.
At the Disabled American Veterans National Convention in Denver, US Mint Director Edmund Moy unveiled the designs approved by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner for the upcoming commemorative coins. The obverse design depicts the legs and boots of three disabled veterans with the inscription “They Stood Up for Us.” The obverse was designed and sculpted by Don Everhart.
The reverse design features a forget-me-not flower at the base of a wreath of oak branches with the inscription, “Take this moment to honor our disabled defenders of freedom.” This reverse was designed by Thomas Cleveland and sculpted by Norman E. Nemeth.
The obverse design chosen by the Treasury Secretary had been favored by both the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC). However, the reverse design is a different selection. The CFA had favored a design featuring dog tags reading “Courage”, “Honor”, and “Country”. The CCAC had favored a reverse design featuring a quote from Abraham Lincoln, “A Nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure.”
Under Public Law 110-277, which authorized the commemorative coin program, the Secretary of the Treasury selected the designs after consultation with the Disabled Veterans’ LIFE Memorial Foundation and the CFA, and review by the CCAC.
The American Veterans Disabled for Life Silver Dollars will be issued in 2010 with a maximum authorized mintage of 350,000 coins. Proof and uncirculated versions of the coin will be offered, with both versions to be minted at the West Point Mint. A surcharge added to the price of each coin will be paid to the Disabled Veterans’ LIFE Memorial Foundation for the construction of a memorial in Washington, DC.
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