Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2011 02:32:15 +0000
I found a "2011 United States Army" commemorative coin in the road on my way to work today. I'm not sure whether it had simply been dropped hard or had been driven over too, but it's in a plastic case and doesn't seem to have been damaged. It says it's a half dollar, but it no doubt sold for way more than that. There was a cardboard and veloured-plastic case nearby, from which it had escaped. It says "Treasury / United States Mint". Like most of the goodies I've found in the road over the years (Uncle-Sam top hat, metal Starbuck's insulated travel mug, dog toys, dog leash), there's little hope of finding its owner.Half-Dollar Clad Coin
– "Service in Peace"
This design represents significant contributions of the U.S. Army during peacetime and features a U.S. Army soldier surveying, two servicemen building a flood wall and a Redstone Army rocket used during early space exploration. Inscriptions are U.S. ARMY, SERVICE IN PEACE, IN GOD WE TRUST, 2011 and LIBERTY.
This design symbolizes the U.S. Army as the first military service to defend the country and its key role in the Nation's internal development. It features an enlisted Continental soldier armed with a musket and 13 stars representing the original Colonies. Inscriptions are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, FIRST IN SERVICE TO THE NATION, E PLURIBUS UNUM and HALF DOLLAR.
COMPOSITION 8.33% nickel, balance copper
DIAMETER 1.205 inches (±0.002) or 30.61 mm (±0.05)
WEIGHT 11.34 grams (±0.454)
MINTAGE LIMIT 750,000 (across all product options)
What I thought was the front is the back. (I guess if it's a president's
face, it's the front.)
Public Law 110-450, the "United States Army Commemorative Coin Act of 2008," was passed by Congress and signed into law by President George W. Bush on December 1, 2008. It authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to mint and issue $5 gold, $1 silver and half-dollar clad coins in recognition and celebration of the founding of the U.S. Army.
Surcharges in the amount of $35 for each gold coin, $10 for each silver coin and $5 for each clad coin sold are authorized to be paid to the Army Historical Foundation to support the construction of the National Museum of the United States Army at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.Congress authorizes commemorative coins
that celebrate and honor American people, places, events, and institutions. Although these coins are legal tender, they are not minted for general circulation. .... Part of the price of these coins is a surcharge that goes to organizations and projects that benefit the community. Since the modern commemorative coin program began in 1982, the United States Mint has raised over $418,000,000 in surcharges to help build new museums, maintain national monuments ..., preserve historical sites ..., support various Olympic programs, and much more.