Today, January 29, 2015 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin sales of the 2014 US Marshals Commemorative Coins. The $5 gold coins, silver dollars, and clad half dollars are issued to celebrate the 225th anniversary of the establishment of the Nation’s first federal law enforcement agency, the United States Marshals Service.
The program was authorized under Public Law 112-104, enacted on April 2, 2012. The designs for the coins were officially unveiled in July 2014, with each coin taking focus on a different aspect theme related to the US Marshals Service. The authorizing legislation provided very specific guidelines for the themes and elements to be portrayed on the obverse and reverse of each coin.
Prior to the official start of sales, the US Mint provided the US Marshals Service with a limited number of coins for display and presentation during the official 225th anniversary ceremony which took place in 2014. A small number of half dollars were also apparently inadvertently sold early due to a systems error with the Mint’s website.
The 2015 US Marshals $5 Gold Coin obverse design features a depiction of the US Marshals Service Star superimposed on a mountain range evoking a western landscape. The reverse depicts an eagle holding a draped American flag with a shield at its chest carrying the inscription “U.S. Marshal”. The words “Justice Integrity Service” appear to the left. This design is intended to be emblematic of the men and women of the service who lost their lives in the line of duty. The obverse was designed by Donna Weaver and engraved by Jim Licaretz, while the reverse was designed by Paul C. Balan and engraved by Don Everhart.
The gold coins are limited to a mintage of 100,000 pieces across proof and uncirculated versions, which are both produced at the West Point Mint. Each coin is struck in 90% gold with a weight of 8.359 grams and diameter of 0.850 inch. The opening pricing for the individual coins is $407.60 for the uncirculated version and and $412.60 for the proof version. These prices are based on an average weekly gold price in the range of $1,250 to $1,299.99 and will be subject to potential weekly change.
The obverse of the 2015 US Marshals Silver Dollar features the US Marshals Service Star with a silhouette of US Marshals riding horses across a flat landscape. The reverse design depicts a frontier US Marshal leaning against a post and holding a “wanted” poster. The words “Justice Integrity Service” appear above. This design is intended to be emblematic of the US Marshals legendary status in America’s cultural landscape. The obverse was designed by Richard Masters and engraved by Charles Vickers, while the reverse was designed by Frank Morris and engraved by Joseph Menna.
A maximum mintage of 500,000 pieces has been established across proof and uncirculated versions, which are both produced at the Philadelphia Mint. Each coin is struck in 90% silver with a weight of 26.73 grams and diameter of 1.500 inches. The initial pricing for the coins is $43.95 for the uncirculated version and $46.95 for the proof version.
The 2015 US Marshals Half Dollar obverse design features the image of an Old West US Marshal with horse and a modern female US Marshal in tactical gear. The reverse design depicts Lady Justice holding the scale of justice in her left hand and the US Marshals Service Star in her right. Also included are a copy of the United States Constitution, a stack of school books, handcuffs, and a whiskey jug. This design is intended to be emblematic of the role that the US Marshals had in a changing nation, including their ties to the Constitution and themes including the Whiskey Rebellion, slavery and the legacy of equality, and the struggle between labor and capital. The obverse was designed by Joel Iskowitz and engraved by Michael Gaudioso, while the reverse was designed by Susan Gamble and engraved by Phebe Hemphill.
A maximum mintage of 750,000 has been established across proof and uncirculated versions. The proof version is struck at San Francisco, and the uncirculated version is struck at Denver. These coins carry the standard copper-nickel clad composition and specifications of the current half dollar. The initial pricing is $13.95 for the uncirculated version and $14.95 for the proof version.
A three coin proof set is also available, initially priced at $473.60. This pricing is subject to potential weekly change based on the average market price of gold. The multi-coin set carries a product limit of 15,000 units.
The initial pricing for each of the products includes an introductory period discount. The introductory sales period ends on March 2, 2015 at 3:00 PM ET, when regular pricing will go into effect.
All prices include surcharges of $35 per gold coin, $10 per silver dollar, and $3 per half dollar. The first $5 million of the surcharges will be distributed to the US Marshals Museum for the preservation, maintenance, and display of artifacts and documents. Additional amounts will be distributed in thirds to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Foundation, and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
The United States Mint will be selling the six individual 2015 US Marshals Commemorative Coins at their booth at the Long Beach Expo. Sales will open January 29, 2015 at 12:00 Noon local time. The Expo runs from January 29 to 31.