Collector proof and uncirculated versions of the 2011 Army Silver Dollar Commemorative Coin were released by the US Mint on January 31, 2011, as part of a series of coins "emblematic of the traditions, history, and heritage of the US Army, and its role in American society from the Colonial period to today."
These are the exact words used to describe the design of the coins as taken from their authorizing legislation — the United States Army Commemorative Coin Act of 2008 (Public Law No: 110-450).
Two collector silver dollars were released, a proof and an uncirculated version. Six-day opening sales had the proof at 46,895 and the uncirculated at 20,698 for a total of 67,593 commemorative coins sold. Their introductory prices were $54.95 and $49.95, respectively, with the standard prices which are $5 higher for each coin set to go into effect after 5:00 p.m. (ET) on March 2, 2011.
The US Mint revealed the final designs for the silver dollar on December 11, 2010, during the Army / Navy football game played in Philadelphia, PA. The obverse design features the busts of a male and female soldier, symbolizing worldwide deployment of the 21st century U.S. Army. Inscriptions include LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and 2011. It was designed by Richard Masters and sculpted by Michael Gaudioso.
The reverse design symbolizes the seven core values of the military branch. It features the Great Seal of the United States, worn on dress and service uniforms since the early 1800’s. Inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, U.S. ARMY, ONE DOLLAR as well as their seven core values: LOYALTY, DUTY, RESPECT, SELFLESS SERVICE, HONOR, INTEGRITY and PERSONAL COURAGE. It was designed by Susan Gamble and sculpted by Don Everhart.
Along with silver dollars, the Act also required the United States Mint to produce $5 commemorative gold coins and $.50 commemorative clad coins. As a side note, the US Mint also issued commemorative Medal of Honor Silver Dollars in 2011 as well.
Silver Dollar Information
To recognize the founding of the military branch in 1775, up to 500,000 of the silver dollars will be produced by the US Mint. Each of these commemorative coins have a legal tender face value of $1.
They are struck from 90% silver and 10% copper to a diameter of 1.5 inches. The total weight of each coin stands at 26.73. These specifications are consistent with all other commemoratives recently released by the US Mint.
As mentioned, the Army Silver Dollar Commemorative coins are minted in both proof and uncirculated qualities. They will only be issued during the year of 2011. The US Mint may not sell the coins past December 31, 2011.
A surcharge of $10 per silver dollar was required to be collected by the US Mint and forwarded to the Army Historical Foundation to help establish the National Museum of the United States Army.
2011 Army Silver Dollar Coin Specifications
|Composition:||90% silver, 10% copper|
|Total Estimated Mintage:||500,000 across proof and uncirculated options|
|Minting Facility:||Philadelphia for proof, San Francisco for uncirculated|
|Obverse Design:||Busts of a male and female soldier|
|Obverse Designer / Sculptor:||Richard Masters / Michael Gaudioso|
|Reverse Design:||Seven core values|
|Reverse Designer / Sculptor:||Susan Gamble / Don Everhart|