Time running out to purchase collectibles benefitting National Army Museum
ARLINGTON, Va. – The 2011 Army Commemorative Coins benefiting the construction of the National Museum of the United States Army will no longer be sold by the U.S. Mint after Dec. 16, 2011. The $5 gold coin (pictured), silver dollar, and clad half-dollar made available to the pubic early this year celebrate the Army’s storied history and honor the 30 million American men and women who have worn the Army uniform since 1775. The prices of the coins include a surcharge that benefits the campaign to build a national museum for the Army, the nation’s oldest and largest military service. Since the Army is the only service without a national museum, these commemorative coins will help complete the missing piece to preserving our nation’s proud military history.
“The 2011 Army Commemorative Coins are not only tangible collectibles struck with images depicting the American Soldier’s contribution to our country, but they have extraordinary symbolic value and make a meaningful contribution toward the National Museum of the United States Army,” said BG Creighton W. Abrams, Jr. (USA-Ret.), Executive Director of The Army Historical Foundation. “With time running out, and Veterans Day and the holiday season just around the corner, I cannot think of a more fitting or opportune time to order these commemorative coins.”
With three distinct themes, the Army Commemorative Coins feature images that represent each of the living 11 million Army veterans and 1 million currently serving Soldiers. The gold coin, themed “Army Service in War,” features Soldiers from colonial times to today and the U.S Army’s emblem and inscription, “This We’ll Defend.” The silver coin, themed “Modern Army Service,” lists the Army’s core values and depicts the busts of a male and female Soldier symbolizing diversity and the worldwide deployment of the 21st century Army. The clad coin, themed “Army Service in Peace,” showcases the Army’s peacetime missions, including disaster relief, humanitarian assistance and the Army’s pioneering role in early space exploration.
The National Army Museum, made possible, in part by coin sales, will showcase the entire history and heritage of the U.S. Army and, as the capstone of the Army Museum System, will serve and support all other Army museums. Groundbreaking will take place next year at Fort Belvoir, Va. and the Museum will open its doors to the public on June 14, 2015. The facility will be state-of-the-art, designed to preserve the history of the Army and educate all Americans about the American Soldier’s contribution to our nation and our world.
All three coins can be ordered at www.usmint.gov/catalog or by calling 1-800 USA-MINT (872-6468). The pricing of the coins includes a surcharge — $35 for each gold coin, $10 for each silver coin, and $5 for each clad coin — which is authorized to be paid to The Army Historical Foundation to help finance the National Museum.
About The Army Historical Foundation
The Army Historical Foundation establishes, assists, and promotes programs and projects which preserve the history of the American Soldier and promote public understanding of and appreciation for the contributions by all components of the U.S. Army and its members. The Foundation serves as the Army’s official fundraising entity for the Capital Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army. The Museum will be constructed at Fort Belvoir, Va., to honor the service and sacrifice of all American Soldiers who have served since the Army’s inception in 1775. For more information on the Foundation, the National Museum of the United States Army, and the Army Commemorative Coins, visit www.armyhistory.org.
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