2011 Medal of Honor Commemorative Coin Designs

The US Mint has revealed the designs for the upcoming 2011 Medal of Honor Commemorative Coins. This will be one of two programs for next year, the other one featuring the United States Army.

The Medal of Honor is America’s highest award for valor in action against an enemy force. It was first authorized in 1861, making next year the 150th anniversary. Coins will include $5 face value gold coins and $1 face value silver coins.

Medal of Honor Gold Coin

The design for the Medal of Honor $5 Gold Coin will feature an image of the original medal with the dual dates 1861 and 2011. The reverse will feature a full figure rendition of Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom and war. She carries American symbols of the union shield and union flag, with cannons and munitions circa the Civil War era behind.

The obverse was designed and sculpted by Joseph Menna. The reverse was designed by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Michael Gaudioso.

Medal of Honor Silver Dollar

The Medal of Honor Silver Dollar will highlight the modern versions of the medals for the Army, Navy, and Air Force. They all appear together to represent the joint mature of modern era warfare. The reverse features an infantry soldier carrying a wounded comrade to safety under enemy fire. This represents the bravery and selfless sacrifice of recipients of the award.

The obverse was designed and sculpted by Jim Licaretz, while the reverse was designed by Richard Masters and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill.


#1 R. Masters on 10.22.10 at 10:34 am

My last name should have an “s” added. Thanks for the article posting the designs.

#2 admin on 10.22.10 at 10:46 am

I have fixed it. thanks for reading!

#3 David on 02.22.11 at 8:43 pm

This is another outrageously overpriced mint offering. At the current price of gold ($1400/oz) there is $338.80 worth of gold in the gold coin. At the current price of silver ($33.86) there is $26.19 worth of silver in the silver coin. This makes the markup $111.15 on the gold proof coin and $28.76 on the silver proof coin. Don’t forget the $4.95 handling/postage. The mint can keep these for those over priced rates — I will buy bullion (much less mark up). Prices as of February 22, 2011.

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