Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has graded and released photos of 2015 US Marshals Service 225th Anniversary Commemorative Coins. NGC believes it is the first time that the United States Mint has issued coins during a year prior to the date on the coins.
Struck in clad, silver and gold, the United States Mint will not begin selling the commemorative coins to the public until next year. As authorized by Public Law 112-104, the agency produced a limited number of them this year for issue to the Director of the US Marshals Service and employees of the Service for display and presentation during the 225th Anniversary celebration.
President George Washington appointed the first 13 agents to the US Marshals Service on Sept. 24, 1789. Marking the Service’s 225th anniversary on Sept. 24, United States Mint Deputy Director Richard A. Peterson distributed 35 three-coin sets to employees of the Service. The sets included:
- a 2015-S 50c Proof US Marshals Service Clad Commemorative Coin,
- a 2015-P $1 Proof US Marshals Service Silver Commemorative Coin, and
- a 2015-W $5 Proof US Marshals Service Gold Commemorative Coin.
NGC said it received sets from Chief Inspector Scott Sanders and Senior Inspector Oscar Blythe of the US Marshals Service. The pair received them at the groundbreaking ceremony for the US Marshals Museum on Sept. 24. Sanders and Blythe developed the idea for the commemorative coin in 2007 and worked closely with Congressional aides, the United States Mint, the US Marshals Museum, and others to make them a reality.
"The US Mint’s release of 2015-dated coins in 2014 is a particularly significant event for numismatists," says Richard S. Montgomery, president of NGC. "It is an honor to have received these important coins directly from Sanders and Blythe."
President Obama signed the United States Marshals Service 225th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act into law on Apr. 2, 2012. It authorizes the Mint to strike up to 100,000 $5 gold coins; 500,000 silver dollars; and 750,000 clad half-dollars for sale to the public in calendar year 2015. Sales are expected to begin in early 2015. The US Mint revealed designs for the coins in July and recently announced pricing for the silver and clad versions.
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These prices include surcharge amounts of $10 per silver dollar and $5 per clad half-dollar with proceeds to be given to the US Marshals Museum, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Foundation, and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
NGC has given the coins the pedigree "September 24, 2014 Celebration Ceremony" in recognition of their special limited-edition release. Below are NGC-provided images of the graded coins.