The 2011 United States Army Commemorative Coins will be issued to recognize and celebrate the establishment of the Army in 1775, to honor American soldiers of the past and present, and to commemorate the traditions, history, and heritage of the U.S. Army. The program was authorized by Congress to include a $5 gold coin, silver dollar, and clad composition half dollar. Each coin will carry a different obverse and reverse design.
Intended to honor Army soldiers of both yesterday and today, the $5 gold coin features soldiers from five different eras, the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I, World War II, and modern times. The obverse design is by Joel Iskowitz with sculpting by Phebe Hemphill. The reverse design features the U.S. Army emblem, engraved by Joseph Menna.
The silver dollar design is intended to symbolize the worldwide deployment of the Army in the 21st Century. The busts of male and female soldiers are shown, back to back with a globe in the background. The obverse was designed by Richard Masters and sculpted by Michael Gaudioso. The reverse of the coin features the Great Seal of the United States, along with the seven core values of the United States Army.
The clad half dollar coin represents the Army’s service during peacetime. Scenes of a solider surveingy, two servicemen building a flood wall, and the Redstone Army rocket appear on the obverse. The reverse shows a solider of the Continental Army with a musket. The obverse was designed by Donna Weaver and sculpted by Charles L. Vickers, while the reverse was designed by Thomas Cleveland and sculpted by Joseph Menna.
All three 2011 U.S. Army Commemorative Coins are scheduled to go on sale at the United States Mint on January 31, 2011 and may remain available during the calendar year. Maximum authorized mintages across proof and uncirculated versions are 100,000 of the $5 gold coins, 500,000 of the silver dollars, and 750,000 of the half dollars.