Jaime Hernandez: On January 31, 2011, the U.S. Mint officially began sales of the three different Army Commemorative coin designs. One of the three designs is for the Uncirculated and Proof Clad Half Dollars. The second design is for the Uncirculated and Proof Silver Dollars. And finally, the third design was used for the $5 Uncirculated and Proof Gold coins.
Obverse: The obverse of the U.S. Army Half Dollar coin depicts three Army soldiers. One of the soldiers is surveying two other soldiers building a flood wall. In the background, there is a Redstone Army rocket that was used in early space exploration. The inscriptions on the coin read, U.S. ARMY SERVICE IN PEACE, LIBERTY and the flood wall has the motto, IN GOD WE TRUST.
Reverse: The reverse features an enlisted Continental soldier armed with a musket and above him are 13 stars representing the original 13 colonies. The reverse inscriptions read, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, FIRST IN SERVICE TO THE NATION, EPLURIBUS UNUM and HALF DOLLAR. The reverse of the coin represents the U.S. Army as the first military service defending the country and how the army has played a major role in the Nation's internal development.
Issue Price: Introductory price for the Proof Half Dollar was honorable from 12:00 p.m. (ET), on January 31, 2011 through 5:00 p.m. (ET), on March 02, 2011 at a price of $17.95 each. After the introductory period, the price was adjusted to $21.95 each.
Mintage Limit: The maximum authorized mintage for the coin was set at 750,000 across both Mint State and Proof versions combined.
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