2011 U.S. Army Gold and Silver Commemorative Coins

The US Mint has announced the final design selections for the 2011 U.S. Army Commemorative Coins. The program will include a $5 gold coin, silver dollar, and clad half dollar.

For the past two years, commemorative coin programs have only included a silver dollar. Both of next year’s programs will each include multiple coins. Between the program to honor the U.S. Army and the program for the Medal of Honor, there will be a total of five commemorative coins issued in the coming year.

The design selections made by the Secretary of the Treasury are shown below. As in the past, I will also mention the recommendations made by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) and the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA). All of the original design candidates can be found here.


The 2011 Army $5 Gold Coin obverse represents service in war with depictions of soldiers from different eras, including the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I, World War II, and the modern era. The obverse was designed by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. The CCAC had recommended a different view of the five soldiers from the waist up, although significant support for the selected design was also expressed. The CFA had recommended a full length view of three soldiers from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, and World War II.

The reverse of the coin is based on the official U.S. Army emblem, as sculpted by Joseph Menna. This selection followed the recommendation of the CCAC, with the rearrangement of the inscriptions “United States of America” and “Department of the Army” that they had suggested. The CFA favored an alternate design with a border between the emblem and inscriptions.


The 2011 Army Silver Dollar depicts a male and female soldier with a globe in the background to symbolize the Army of the 21st Century. This was designed by Richard Masters and sculpted by Michael Gaudioso. The CCAC had recommended this design, also suggesting that the female be altered to depict an African American woman. This was not acted upon, although the goggles originally present on the male soldier were removed. Removal of the goggles had been suggested for the $5 gold coin candidates. The CFA made no recommendation, questioning “the legibility of the figures, the multiplicity of elements, and the jarring depiction of goggles on some of the soldiers.”

For the reverse, an image of the Great Seal of the United States with the seven core values of the Army is presented. The reverse was designed by Susan Gamble and sculpted by Don Everhart. The CCAC had recommended a design portraying a solider carrying a wounded comrade, while a third solider provided cover. The CFA had recommended the selected design since it was “the only option that properly balances the proposed depiction of human figures on the obverse.”


The 2011 Army Half Dollar is intended to symbolize service in peace. The obverse depicts a solider surveying, two servicemen building a flood wall, and the Redstone Army rocket, as designed by Donna Weaver and sculpted Charles Vickers. Both the CCAC and CFA had rejected all obverse design candidates, including the selected design. The CCAC commented that the designs were “too cluttered and lacked focus”, also questioning the accuracy of some images. The CFA commented, “the multiplicity of design elements and pictorial complexity was excessive for an object at the size of a coin.”

The reverse design depicts a Continental solider armed with a musket, as designed by Thomas Cleveland and sculpted by Joseph Menna. This design was recommended by both the CFA and CCAC.

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  1. JA says

    I actually think they made good choices with the designs this time around.

    I will be looking forward to collecting these next year.

  2. Anonymous says

    Dear Customer,

    You are receiving this email because you ordered one or more of the America The Beautiful five coin sets after the initial launch by the U.S. Mint of the program on December 1, 2010, and before the U.S. Mint amended the details of the program on December 6, 2010.

    As you almost certainly know, the U.S. Mint re-launched the program on December 9, 2010, but, only with some substantial changes that neither you nor we expected. Most importantly, the U.S. Mint imposed a prohibition on the sale of more than one set to a customer in a single household. In addition, they set a maximum price of $859.95 for these sets. That change was obviously beyond our control and we have adjusted our orders accordingly.

    We have revised your order to meet the U.S. Mint’s mandate. You will be charged for the one set as shown below in accordance with the amended details the U.S. Mint has set forth regarding the sale of the sets. This price is lower than the price at which you ordered.

    Sales Price 859.95
    Shipping Cost 19.95
    Total 879.90

  3. Anonymous says

    My order was also processed for $879.90. A refund for the difference has been included with the coins.

  4. Anonymous says

    Isn't amazing how these coins are not available even though APMEX has obviously been made to adjust their rip off prices. So where are the others going and why has the sales not been made available? The friends and family plan is probably well under way and I sincerely hope the US Mint investigates this and does what is right to make these APs pay for their greed.

  5. Anonymous says

    Everyone seems so paranoid about this, so sure there is some sort of "conspiracy theory" and such.

    I'm sure APMEX is just waiting to get the first 1,000 order mess all squared away before beginning to accept any new orders for these.

    They still have not adjusted my order, even though it is inevitable (since I ordered more than one set). I have not even gotten the e-mail that was duplicated in a comment above yet!

  6. Anonymous says

    I'm in for the Army Gold and Silver Commems. Nice designs!

    Please folks, let's get over this 5oz bullion discussion. Bullion is bullion, and will not be in great shape for collectors. Mintages of precious metal coins over 20K have not been winners anyhow.
    I will consider the more quality controlled minting and packaging available for the numismatic versions.

    -JBL

  7. Anonymous says

    We have received instructions from the U.S. Mint regarding the distribution of the 2010 America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins. In accordance with those instructions, we have ordered our maximum allocation of 3,000 sets, each set with five coins for the 2010 year. We expect delivery of the coins this week.

    Because the Mint discontinued the program and then re-launched the program with different requirements on distribution of these coins, we have asked the Mint a few questions for which we await the responses so we may fully comply with the new program. Please be patient while we receive clarification on the distribution and we receive the coins we have ordered. We anticipate we will able to provide additional information later this week.

    You will receive an e-mail when we release the information if you have signed up for our “AlertMe” feature.

    There is very little time left to make these orders by the APs. With government holidays and closures I do not see were any of these coins will not be completely bought in time by the APs to fully take advantage of the ability to make the minimum profits available to them.

    The fact that none other then the 1000 sold out sets have been promised or sold is just causing the paranoid ones to look at the obvious friends and family plan well in place to maximize the profits by dealers.

    If you are lucky enough to get one of these sets at 879.95 then there is plenty of evidence that you will be able to make up to 100% profit on these through the idiots and their money plan.

    I myself will just watch all this and laugh if the APs screw up and get caught doing what they have been doing since 1999. Why the US Mint picks this time to address the obvious rip off now and allow the other obvious ripoffs to happen since 1999 is the true question in my mind?

    Maybe enough is enough? 100% profit is just plain wrong on bullion and it has been going on for years now with the help of the TPGs and their scamming authorized dealers. To see it happen without the assist of plastic slabbing scams is maybe the straw that broke the camels back.

  8. Anonymous says

    Things that make one say Hmmmmm.
    Dave Harper's blog say that U.S. Mint Director Ed Moy will resign Jan 9 (the year was not mentioned). I guess Santa grants wishes after all.

  9. Anonymous says

    I guess now everyone will jump on the new Mint Director everytime things don't go as they feel they should!

  10. Anonymous says

    Director of United States Mint Resigns

    Moy Will Depart for Position in Private Sector

    Washington, DC-Director of the United States Mint Edmund C. Moy announced today that he has submitted his resignation to President Barack Obama. He also informed Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner and Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios of his resignation, effective January 9, 2011. Moy has accepted a position in the private sector.

    Moy was sworn in as 38th Director of the United States Mint in September 2006 after being appointed by President George W. Bush for a five-year term. Prior to assuming his duties as Director of the Mint, Moy was a Special Assistant to President Bush for Presidential Personnel.

    http://www.usmint.gov/pressroom/index.cfm?action=press_release&ID=1190

  11. Anonymous says

    My fear is that obama will install someone even more incompetent than Moy trying just to make his pc quotas. Maybe the guy trying to put a mosque at ground-zero?

  12. VABEACHBUM says

    Michael – could you take a moment to clarify the proposed numbers and finishes for this Army commemorative program. PR and UNC for all three coins, or just PR?

    In a previous post, you also had identified the 9-11 Commemorative Silver Medal for 2011. Have you been privy to any additional information on that program? And, since it will be SILVER, do you have any thoughts on the impact that its legislated priority will have on numismatic ASE PR coins in 2011? After all, this will make the 3rd, mandatory silver product that will require similar materials and resources in 2011.

    Thanks for a great year. Have a very Merry Christmas!

  13. Steven says

    Comments pertaining to the article I fond most welcome. To the individual(s) who wish to vent on a completely unrelated topic, would you please bellyache somewhere else? Thank you.

  14. Anonymous says

    Steven, it's very clear that the belly-aching poster is very immature. Or else he is an adult that has not grown up.

    I guess a lot of coin collectors have IQs of 10.

  15. Steven says

    I find all three coins and their respective designs very inspiring and artistically sound. Considering how many designs the Mint must produce each year for all these programs mandated by Congress, I think they have a real winner here. I'm going to order two complete sets as soon as they're available.

  16. Anonymous says

    Decent designs, a little busy if I might say. Too bad the American military blokes aren't respected so much around the world from invading Iraq for Oil and Afghan for Li in batteries. Somewhat like my dear old Britain was like some 75 years ago. But just coins, so if you like the designs, go for it.

  17. Anonymous says

    How very interesting that Moys resignation follows this ATB scandal.
    Maybe he has pissed off to many greedy politicians who profit off the secondary markets.

  18. Anonymous says

    Mint Director Moy to resign on January 9, 2011 I'm sure we will get someone better, as it will be hard to find anybody worse.

  19. Anonymous says

    How about a coin for Shay's Rebellion.
    Remember the Army uprising that fought for veteran's rights after the Revolutionary War. Patriots lost their farms to the war profiteers.

    Veterans rights…

  20. Anonymous says

    Yeh that's the first thing that comes to mind when I think about the army; suveying, building floodwalls,and launching rockets.
    Yeh, rockets and walls.

  21. Anonymous says

    Considering the ho-hum topic (another military theme, great) thee designs look pretty good — cluttered but nonetheless interesting. Why did they stop making the 6 coins sets in the wooden boxes?

  22. Anonymous says

    The U.S. Army coins continue the recent trend of the reverse design being far superior to the obverse design. The design on the obverse of the Half Dollar is a cluttered and confusing mess and the Dollar is just plain goofy (looks like they pirated the animation from "Heavy Metal"). Hopefully, most of the design staff will leave with the mint director.

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