Introducing the U.S. Mint’s American Legion Commemorative Series

The U.S. Mint will release a clad half dollar, a silver dollar and a $5 gold coin to honor the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the American Legion. Proceeds from the series will help support the ongoing efforts of one of the most celebrated American Institutions ever created. The American Legion  The American Legion organization enjoys … Continued

The U.S. Mint will release a clad half dollar, a silver dollar and a $5 gold coin to honor the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the American Legion. Proceeds from the series will help support the ongoing efforts of one of the most celebrated American Institutions ever created.

The American Legion organization enjoys a history and reputation that is marked by service. It was founded in 1919 in Paris, France. The organization provides various forms of support to veterans and active service members and the communities in which they live. For the last century, the Legion has advocated on behalf of veterans and their families, including the creation of the U.S. Veterans Bureau in 1921. This organization is now known as the Veterans Administration. The Legion was instrumental in the creation of the G.I. Bill which has helped to educate and train former servicemen since after World War II. The Legion sponsors numerous programs for children and young people.

The obverse depiction is that of two children standing as they say the Pledge of Allegiance. One child is shown wearing an American Legion hat. The reverse shows an American Flag flying from a pole as seen from the ground beneath. The American Legion badge is featured over the flag. These proof and uncirculated copper-nickel coins are struck both in the Denver and San Francisco branch mints. No more than a total of 750,000 coins will be struck over both finish types.

The obverse design is the American Legion badge surrounded by oak leaves and a lily.
The reverse design is a representation of the founding of the 1919 American Legion in Paris. It features a fleur de lis over the phrase “100 Years of Service.” Beneath this image are two flags, the Stars and Stripes and the American Legion flag. This coin was struck on a .999 pure silver planchet at the historic Philadelphia branch of the U.S. Mint. Proof coins and uncirculated coins will be subject to a total mintage limit 400,000 units.

The obverse image marks the founding of the American Legion in Paris at the end of the First World War. The central image features the Eiffel Tower with a V for Victory superimposed. The reverse shows a flying Bald Eagle with the American Legion emblem featured above. This remarkable coin was struck at the West Point Mint on a 90% pure gold planchet. A strict mintage limit of 50,000 units covering both proof and uncirculated finishes combined will be allowed.

The Mint has a proud history of producing coins that celebrate Americans, their outstanding ideals, achievements, contributions, milestones, institutions and organizations. Typically, these celebrated and collectible issues have been sold at a premium to any face value, with a portion of the proceeds going to support an organization related to the subject of the issue. The American Legion issues support the ongoing efforts of the Legion and its mission. A portion of the proceeds from the Apollo 11 coins released earlier in 2019, will go to support the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.

The first commemorative coin was struck in 1892 to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the Voyage of Christopher Columbus in the “Columbian Exposition” World’s Fair in Chicago. This “Early Commemorative Era” saw the issuance of famous and desirable coins including the coveted 1900 Lafayette Dollar, the highly sought after 1915 Panama Pacific $50 gold coins and the “Key” 1928 Hawaiian Sesquicentennial Half. The early commemorative series concluded in 1954, with the final three of twelve, separate date and Mint mark issues of the George Washington Carver Half Dollar.

After a break that lasted nearly 30 years, the U.S. Mint began what is called the “Modern Commemorative Era” with the launch of the 1982 George Washington Half Dollar. This coin celebrated the 250th anniversary of his death.

A recent popular Silver Dollar issue honored the 100th Anniversary of Lions Clubs International, the service organization that provides humanitarian aid to over 200 countries. The obverse has a portrait of Melvin Jones, founder of the Lions Clubs International along with the organization’s logo. The reverse features a family of lions appearing with a representation of the world.

Another sought after program from recent years honored the Centennial of Father Flanagan’s Home for Boys, also known as Boy’s Town. The organization’s mission is to serve at-risk children and families regardless of background. The Boy’s Town organization has many facets serving communities and addressing the behavioral, emotional and physical well-being of over two million people annually. The Boy’s town Commemorative Program continued the tradition with the popular $5 Gold coin, a stunning Silver dollar and a remarkable cupro-nickel clad half dollar.

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