The design selections for the upcoming 2015 U.S. Marshals Service Commemorative Coins have been announced. This program will include $5 gold coins, silver dollars, and clad half dollars issued in commemoration of the 225th anniversary of the establishment of the Nation’s first law enforcement agency, the United states Marshals Service.
Public Law 112-104 had authorized the program and provided very specific guidance for the images and themes to be depicted on each of the coins. The law also includes the unusual provision that a limited number of coins from the program may be issued prior to the official start of sales, with these coins issued to the Director of the United States Marshals Service and employees of the Service for display and presentation during the 225th anniversary celebration, which it seems may take place around September 24, 2014.
Earlier this year, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee and Commission of Fine Arts had reviewed a total of 47 different design candidates for the obverse and reverse of the upcoming coins. Full coverage of the reviews and recommendations can be found here and here.
The $5 gold coin issued for the program has a maximum mintage of 100,000 pieces. The authorizing legislation calls for the obverse to bear an image of the United States Marshals Service Star, while the reverse is required to carry a design emblematic of the sacrifice and service of the men and women of the Service who lost their lives in the line of duty.
The final design selections are shown above, which match the recommendations offered by both the CFA and CCAC.
The silver dollar authorized for the program will carry a maximum mintage of 500,000 pieces. The legislation calls for the obverse design to carry an image of the United States Marshals Service Star, while the reverse is to feature an image emblematic of the United States Marshal’s legendary status in America’s cultural landscape.
The final design selections are shown above. The obverse design was recommended by both the CFA and CCAC. The two groups made different recommendations for the reverse, although both featured the same image of a frontier lawman. The final selection matches the CCAC’s recommended alternative. There was some minor modification to the original design candidate, with the removal of a horizontal fence rail that previously appeared behind the lawman.
The clad half dollar included in the program carries a maximum authorized mintage of 750,000 pieces. The legislation carries the most specific and encompassing description of elements to appear within the design. The obverse is to bear an image emblematic of the United States Marshals Service and its history. The reverse is to carry an image highlighting the role of the US Marshals Service in changing the nation, showing ties that the Marshals have to the United States Constitution, with themes including Whiskey Rebellion and the rule of law; slavery and the legacy of inequality; and the struggle between labor and capital.
The selected designs are shown above. Both the CFA and CCAC had recommended the chosen obverse design. There was modification from the original candidate, with the removal of a previously present horizontal bar carrying the anniversary dates. The reverse design selection matches the recommendation of the CFA. In making their recommendations, both the CFA and CCAC had recommended removing handcuffs present in the two separate designs. This suggestion was not followed.
The United States Mint has indicated that they will begin accepting orders for the 2015 U.S. Marshals Service Commemorative Coins in early 2015.