2015 U.S. Marshals Service Commemorative Coin Designs Announced

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.

US Marhsls Gold Coin

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.

US Marshals Silver Dollar

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.

US Marshals Half dollar

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.

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Comments

  1. smiledon says

    I am in for this coin set; matters not which 2 designs are picked.
    However, I would rather have the 2 middle designs. The top 2 are too loud while the last 2 are rather PC.

  2. Steve says

    Does anyone think there will be money to be made on tomorrow’s Kennedy set after grading PCGS MS70 FS?

  3. smiledon says

    @ Steve says,
    Never forget what PT Barnum is quoted as say about a “suck being born every minute.”
    So I think your answer will be yes.

  4. Tinto says

    I like all the designs but for me the $1 is the best. I’m glad this was chosen for the biggest coin, I really hope the folks at the Mint will do it justice when they transfer it onto the coin itself.

  5. Pittsburgh P says

    @smiledon those are the designs chosen. Top one for the gold, next for the silver and the busy one is the clad design… I really love the gold design-nice ans simple. I will probable get 1 of each but am in for the gold for sure!

  6. smiledon says

    Hummm.
    Oh well.
    I will bite the bullet, and get the set.
    The history of the US Marshall is something that I love.

  7. Larry says

    I am pretty picky about buying the gold commemoratives, as they are not a good investment, especially in proof. So I only buy the ones that look really good to me. This one looks REALLY good. I am in!

  8. sharks2th says

    They should have used the curved coin dies on at least one of these to make it look like the old style Marshall’s Badge.

  9. Sith says

    IMHO the coins have too much detail, and will not look good, but if they are enhanced….wow!

  10. VABEACHBUM says

    When the designs were first presented to us during the review and selection process, I had commented on how either of the Gold or Silver designs and their concentric rings designs would have offered the perfect opportunity for our second bi-metalic coin. That would have been SWEET.

    As it is, I agree that the clad half will be busy for the size of the field, but I do like the coins and the subject. I’ll be in for one of each.

  11. HiCal says

    For anyone that interested, my HOF $5 Unc ordered 3/28 @ 02:50 AM went to “In stock and reserve” cancel box gone. Does this qualify for a “Last Strike” label?

  12. Hidalgo says

    I am not particularly interested in any of the designs. The obverses and reverses of all three coins are too “busy.” If I did not collect commemoratives, I would pass on these.

    Hmmmmm… Maybe I’ll limit myself to just the silver dollar.

  13. thePhelps says

    While I agree these do look busy – I am hoping as someone else mentioned it is a chance to actually use the laser enhancement process to its fullest.

    If that is the case I am in for a set.

    Off topic – I got my 1 ounce 2009 Astronomie 10 Euro from Russia today – that was discussed in a previous thread! I am quite happy to say it was a box – a coin and the paper work!

  14. mgm says

    If yours qualifies, mine should too. That’s the label I want.
    Order Date: 03/28/2014 at 08:21 AM no change in status, cancel box is still there…

    mgm

    HiCal says

    July 23, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    For anyone that interested, my HOF $5 Unc ordered 3/28 @ 02:50 AM went to “In stock and reserve” cancel box gone. Does this qualify for a “Last Strike” label?

  15. Jon in CT says

    Here’s some news from the Mint’s catalog home page:

    Online Waiting Room On July 24:,/b> We will deploy our online waiting room at 11:45 a.m. ET on Thursday, July 24, for the release of the 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half-Dollar Uncirculated Coin Set to alleviate any potential issues related to heavy customer traffic to our website. Thank you for your patience.

  16. Hidalgo says

    On Topic: I feel quite strongly that the US Mint will issue a special collector set for this coin. When I look at the coin, its theme makes me think of the 1997 National Law Enforcement silver commemorative coin. The U.S. Mint packaged that coin with a patch and pin and sold it to collectors. Will we see the same or similar offering? Hmmmmm.

    @Jon – thanks for the information. I have to work tomorrow, so I won’t be able to order the half dollars online at 12 noon. Personally, I don’t see most of the commemorative Kennedy half dollars, all of which will be “mint to demand,” escalating in price on the secondary market. The only exception will be those half dollars sold at the upcoming ANA convention that have been certified with a special label attached to them.

  17. Clark says

    Didn’t the Father Flanagan of coin collecting say, “There is no such thing as a bad coin.”? So it goes with this one. Nothing against the Marshals Service or these designs, but I fear they will not appeal to a broad audience for the same reasons the Medal of Honor and Five Star Generals commems did not. I wish they had.

    I’ll probably get the silver dollar version ‘cuz I find it to be the most appealing…and because it’s silver.

    I agree that a simple, large badge on the silver dollar would’ve been a stunning proof coin. Still, very nice.

  18. Clark says

    FYI, the Mint automatically credited my account for eleven $4.95 reusable bags charges after I cancelled 11 silver BHoF orders this morning. This is a nice convenience because I spent 10 minutes on the phone yesterday getting a silly $4.95 credit for a late 3/28 gold BHoF that was cancelled for me. I was not looking forward to more calls for credits.

  19. mgm says

    Me too…
    Thanks HiCal

    HiCal says

    July 23, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    @mgm I hope you get yours, good luck.

  20. fmtransmitter says

    That reverse gold design is too cool to be a tiny 1/4 oz gold…needs to be on a nice 5 ouncer (silver) imho…

  21. says

    @art, the Mint sales report was out at regular time yesterday. Maybe you are talking about a different sales report than the Mint’s?

  22. says

    Silver Proof BHOF coins ordered on 04/03 early morning just shipped.

    Extrapolating numbers for Silver Proofs and I would say 69% have shipped.
    Extrapolating numbers for Silver Uncirculated I would say 82% have shipped.

    That would leave approximately 87,160 Silver Proofs to ship and approximately 26,681 Silver Uncirculated to ship.

  23. says

    Above numbers are Incorrect. Corrected estimates are as follows:

    Extrapolating numbers for Silver Proofs and I would say 75% have shipped.
    Extrapolating numbers for Silver Uncirculated I would say 87% have shipped.

    That would leave approximately 66,709 Silver Proofs yet to ship and approximately 17,754 Silver Uncirculated yet to ship.

  24. bfn says

    So much emphasis on being politically correct rather than producing a great coin – too bad the Mint could not learn from the HOF coin series…so what’s new…

  25. Jon in CT says

    bfn wrote on July 23, 2014 at 8:11 PM:

    So much emphasis on being politically correct rather than producing a great coin …

    Well, when you’re forced to commemorate the US Marshall Service, you don’t really have a whole lot to work with. Now, just imagine the myriad possibilities if, instead, the coins were required to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the March 23, 2010 enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. 😈

  26. GoldFishin says

    @Jon In CT – absolutely hilarious…I didn’t know you had it in you. Really funny, but please don’t give them any ideas. You know they read this blog at the US Mint. 😉

    Oh, and by the way, I think they have already commemorated the Affordable Care Act. They are called Zombucks!

  27. art says

    @cagcrisp, the Sales Report at coinupdate.com, the one that is often linked to by this website.

  28. sharks2th says

    It’s interesting the mint finally updated the product schedule. I filled out one of their Website surveys and complained about the poor maintenance on the upcoming products page earlier today. I wonder how quickly they read the comments on their surveys?

  29. Jerry Diekmann says

    Questions on the half dollar:
    Obverse – Who is the woman supposed to represent?
    Reverse – Could they make the design any more crowded? What happened to concept of simplicity I thought these advisory groups were promulgating?

  30. says

    These commemorative coins should sell well here in Texas. In fact, the badge design with the star in the center is a favorite here. They typically are a few feet in diameter, and hang on gates, barns, and even homes.
    I would really like to see a Texas Rangers commemorative, but that won’t happen. My great grand parents home here was used as a staging area for the local posse members when needed to hunt down bandits just after 1900 during a time when raids were at a high point. Living relatively close to the border meant bandits could easily disappear without a trace. The Texas Ranger were accompanying the posse one day when they killed two bandits, they are still buried where my headquarters is now located.

  31. says

    Jerry, Don’t you think the concept of the half dollar is “then and now?”

    Besides, they did save it for the lower copper nickel half didn’t they…

  32. Jerry Diekmann says

    One more comment – are we now FINALLY finished commemorating every war and military and law enforcement agency in the history of the USA? I swear this country is a modern day Sparta.

    That being said, one more military commemorative coin SHOULD BE minted, for the 100th anniversary of this country’s involvement in World War I (the Great War) in 1917 and 1918.

  33. says

    Well Jerry, If you wish for peace, you better get ready for war, because it’s not going away.

    Every time I think about my family member slaving away trying to stay alive in that stalag in Germany for 20 months before the Russians liberated it, it hits me right in the heart. I love the military coins. Try telling my brother-in-law that the multiple IED’s and RPG’s should be forgotten, or my uncle Todd who lost more the half his Company at Guadalcanal, they may disagree.

  34. Jerry Diekmann says

    Dustyroads – i had four uncles who served in both theaters and my dad, who was a little too old when the war started, built liberty ships at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard in California. One of my sons-in-law served in both Iraq and Afghanistan and came back as a wounded warrior – he used to be a mechanic for high-end cars like Lexus and Land Rover, and now all he can do is part-time security work. Thanks, VA!!! So, I’m not against the military or law enforcement and I know that we need them, but I just think the coin programs have gone overboard, and more of something is not necessarily better – sometimes it works in the opposite. I will collect the Marshals coins, except for the gold half eagle as it is just too expensive.

    P.S. – the VFW hall in the little town of Remsen, Iowa, where my parents were born is named for Joseph Diekmann and his brother, both of them soldiers during WW I who died in 1918. I don’t think they died in combat, but were among the millions of people who died in the influnza epidemic in 1918. They would have been my paternal grandfather’s half-nephews, I think – my great grandfather had two families, remarrying after his first wife died, not uncommon back in the 1800s. Finally, my best friend, now deceased, was a major in the USMC – we met in college and were friends for 33 years, until he passed away from colon cancer back in 1998 – he was only 51 years old.

  35. says

    Jerry,

    This is a bit off-topic, but the UK Royal Mint has done some WW1 commemoratives that are on sale on the Royal Mint’s webpage. Only buy them if you have cash to burn, though, they are not at all cheap.

    Incidentally, did anyone get else get this email from the US Mint tonight? Mine just came in after 12 am. I’ll just post the first parts so it doesn’t take up a ton of “space” in the comments:

    Dear United States Mint Customer,

    At the United States Mint, we pride ourselves in providing exceptional customer service every day. Individual customers like you are an invaluable part of our operation, so we constantly seek to improve the way we do business and serve you.

    As such, we are excited to launch a new state-of-the-art website and order management system (OMS) that will provide improved features for managing your U.S. Mint account. The system, launching later this year, will provide a more intuitive experience for purchasing United States Mint products.

  36. Tinto says

    Hopefully those experts at the Mint will get the human figures right.
    I really like the dollar design. Maybe the gold design might look better on a half ounce gold

  37. VA Bob says

    OT – Just got an email from the Mint asking to verify my account information for the up coming website revamp. The email looks legit, but as an IT guy, they really did this the wrong way. It has the appearance of a scam email, complete with hyperlink.

    One should never click an email hyperlink that takes them to an account log on page, just as a matter of good practice. Always use your normal method of reaching those sites (bookmarks, favorites, etc.). I sure hope the Mint reads this and helps their customers prevent ID theft. Sorry I see too many clever phishing emails, I had to say something.

    As for the Marshals commem. Not sure if I’m in for the gold or not (I like it but finances at the time will make the call). Definitely in for the silver. The clad is more PC stuff, but since I’m a bit annul about completeness (up to my ability to afford) I’ll probably pick up an example for my collection.

  38. Jus-a-coin-luvr says

    VA Bob, I saw that email too, had the same reaction to it that you did and deleted it. You are absolutely right about the “link” concerns. There are just too many crafty spammers (aka “thieves”) out there that can build a replica email for companies including logos, etc. I’ve gotten two such emails (banking related) just this month that I promptly forwarded to the actual valid companies for their investigation.

    A simple email from the Mint suggesting to log-in to your account and check things (sans the link) would have been sufficient.

    On today’s JFK Half Dollar release, is there anything special about these (2) coins other than being wrapped in the historical coin-card folder? Looking at it and that it will be minted-to-demand, I’m puzzled as to why the Mint would have any need for the “waiting room” today. The only thing I could think of was people that believe they can get a first-strike label from being there right at Noon to order. I don’t personally see the draw for this particular offering, and do like the Kennedy Half Dollar. I just don’t feel any compelling reason to purchase this particular release, but maybe I missed something.

  39. gary says

    This commem theme had no appeal to me when it’s authorization was announced.
    The designs are technically very well drafted and professional. The eagle reverse on the $5 gold is much too busy and fine detailed to look like much on a tiny coin the size of a nickel. The designs for the $1 coin should look good given the large size of the coin. The justice allegory on the half dollar is a very clumsy handling of a mishmash of symbols resulting in a confusing pictogram. Justice seems to be setting up an imminent train wreck! The allegory of Justice could be more elegantly and tastefully conveyed were all of the extraneous symbols removed and she were simply depicted holding the badge of the U.S. Marshals. Oh well, doesn’t matter, the Mint will still sell a good amount of these anyhow and the 3rd party slab companies have yet another item to make their profits from labels and plastic.

  40. Jus-a-coin-luvr says

    Oh, on topic, I forgot to say that I’ll be “in” for all (3) flavors of the US Marshals coins. Most things that connect to the old-west appeal to me. I like all three designs and will “have” to add them to my collection. We’ve had some Commemorative coins that were rather boring, so it is great to have something like these that bring back some interest IMO.

  41. Jerry Diekmann says

    TPGs and big dealers are ruining the coin collecting hobby. I don’t pay much attention to the grade on a coin anymore unless it is a St. Gaudens $10.00 or $20.00 coin. I have seen MS66s on slabs with spots on the reverses, rim nicks and lots of scratches scratches on MS64s and MS65s that should be no better than a MS62 or MS63 The most truthful grades are on earlier encapsolations, and there has been a tremenous increase in “grade enhancement” over the last several years. What is sad is that there are so many people who fall for what these dealers and TPGs are promoting. If they are flippers, maybe they make some money and then move on. I know the dealers and the TPGs make money and move on, being assurred that the next first strike, first edition, ehnabced this or that, special strike or finish will be churned out by the Mint in the next several months. These guys live off the ppeople who buy these wildly overpriced coins. The flippers, like I said, might do Ok sometimes, but the sad sack who winds up buying from the dealers and the flippers eventually has a lot of coins not worth half what he paid for them. These people become disenchanted and leave the hobby and they are not replaced as fast as they leave by younger collectors, who can’t afford the high prices and gimmicks which now pervades this hobby. People have said that coin collecting has become the hobby of “old white men” and they are probably right, from what I see, and I have been a coin collector for many years. My question is what happens to the hobby after all the old white men have passed on – will the hobby graduate into just high priced collectibles, like art has become? Talk about killing the golden goose, and the Mint also shares some responsibility for this fiasco, as they are more than happy to come up with more and more examples of special finishes being struck by different mints. This is the same problem that killed commemorative coins for a generation after the the 1930s proliferation of coins for non-events and the terribly ugly Booker T. Washington and Washington-Carver half dollars of the 19950s, the latter being probably the single ugliest coin ever minted, with the possible exception of the Special Olympics dollar of 1995. Mybe the same thiong will eventually happen and a new moratorium on commemorative coins will be imposed, or maybe the current system will continue, which IMO will eventually ruin the hobby. But the big dealers and TPGs work on a short-term focus, and make their money mostly on the current year’s coin programs, and then are assured of more profits from similar programs next year. If you really think about it, this system is not unlike the drug trade, with the Mint being the growers and suppliers, and the dealers and the flippers being, well, the dealers. Who are the winners and who are the losers? I think the analogy is pretty right on.

  42. joseph says

    Gold BHOF order on 3/29

    Products no longer available.

    anyone got the same ‘fate’?

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