2010 American Veterans Disabled for Life Silver Dollar Designs

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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  1. Anonymous says

    Disabled Americans certainly deserve their own coin, but I don't find this one very attractive, I'm afraid to say.

  2. Anonymous says

    Can't they design a decent coin, the front is terrible, I like the reverse, but the front ahhh

    The design has too many legs, and not enought arms,

  3. Anonymous says

    It's supposed to honor the disabled veterans… and all those dirtbags put on it was 1 guy with crutches?! … blasphemous… !!!!!

  4. John says

    The obverse of the coin reminds me of the little rock dollar with the feet of the school children and the soldier. I agree that the obverse is not very attractive, but like the reverse. My cousin was wounded in Iraq and is in a wheel chair for the rest of his life. With the current war a large percent of the wounded are in wheel chairs. I think that would of made a better design than just some feet and crutches. I would love to be a fly on the wall when the committee members are reviewing the potential designs.

  5. Anonymous says

    Don't care for this design at all. Hope they come up with a better design. I would not buy it … disabled veterans deserve better.

  6. Anonymous says

    I take my hat off to all our veterans but to have the revenue go to more war memorials is in my opinion short sighted.

    I am a veteran.

    Any money that is produced should be set aside for the use of all veterans and their families.

    There are more veterans living on the streets today than ever before…let's give our vets support where it will be more meaningful.

    The design also needs a new design…

    Vietnam Vet, Bill

  7. Anonymous says

    AS A DISABLE VETERAN,I FIND IT HARD TO ACCEPT THE FACT THAT WE NEED A "MEDAL" TO REMIND US OF OUR DISABILITIES?AS WE OUR CONTSANTLY
    REMINDED EVERYTIME WE HAVE TO "IN-TERACT WITH THE "PROFESSIONAL STUPIDITY"AT A VETERANS FACILTY
    THATS WHAT WE NEED A "COIN" FOR?
    STILL BEING ALIVE AFTER EACH VIST

  8. Anonymous says

    Regardless of the design, the honor and commemoration are very well deserved. I think it could well be said that the armed forces are the truly loyal public servants.

  9. Anonymous says

    Our disabled veterans deserve much more than this. What were they thinking? This is not a coin to be desired.

  10. Anonymous says

    The design looks like something a high school arts class would come up with. Is this what the mint has become?

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