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:
|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.