2010 has already seen the release of its two commemorative coin issues by the United States Mint; the 2010 American Veterans Disabled for Life Silver Dollar on Feb. 25, 2010, and the 2010 Boy Scouts of America Centennial Silver Dollar on March 23, 2010.
No additional commemorative silver dollars will be launched this year, but several upcoming issues between 2011-2014 are already known.
As authorized by coin legislation that is first introduced, passed and then signed into law by the President, the U.S. Mint strikes a maximum of two commemorative silver dollars each year that honor important historical events, places and people. Unlike 2010, several clad and gold commemorative coins will also be released in 2011 along with the silver dollars.
All are struck in limited quantities, have a restricted 12-month issue and include surcharges that are forwarded to organizations, monuments, memorials and foundations to help support, promote and preserve.
"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 like the Vietnam War Memorial, preserve historical sites like George Washington’s home, support various Olympic programs, and much more," the U.S. Mint Web site states.
Each of the following commemoratives between 2011 and 2014 will be minted in both proof and uncirculated collector conditions:
2011 Commemorative Coins
Two military motif coins will be released in 2011.
The first of these are 2011 United States Army Commemorative Coins in $5 gold, $1 silver, and 50c clad. Each will be emblematic of the traditions, history, and heritage of the U.S. Army, and its role in American society from the Colonial period to today.
As the oldest military branch in the nation (founded in 1775), most would likely find it surprising that there is not a national museum dedicated to it.
As a step in rectifying that situation, the surcharge placed on these coins will be forwarded to the Army Historical Foundation to help establish the National Museum of the United States Army. Surcharges vary depending on the denomination.
The $5 face value, 90% gold coins will have a maximum mintage of 100,000 with each having a $35 surcharge.
The $1 face value, 90% silver coins are limited to a mintage of 500,000 and $10 surcharge each.
The 50 cent clad coins have a maximum mintage of 750,000 with a $5 surcharge per.
For more information, read: United States Army Commemorative Coin Act of 2008. The act, number H.R. 5714, was signed into Public Law No: 110-450 on Dec. 1, 2008.
The year will also see 2011 Medal of Honor Commemorative Coins. Featured in both $5 gold and $1 silver varieties, the coins remind Americans of the Medal of Honor and its former recipients.
The Medal is the highest award for valor in action that can be given to a member of the armed forces. Surcharges from the sale of these coins will be forwarded to the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation to further its mission.
The $5 face value, 90% gold coins have an allotted 100,000 mintage with a $35 surcharge per.
The 90% silver dollars are limited to 500,000 and have a $10 surcharge each.
For more information, read: Medal of Honor Commemorative Coin Act of 2009. The act, numbered H.R. 1209, was signed into Public Law No: 111-91 on Nov. 6, 2009.
2012 Commemorative Coins
As it currently stands and until another coin bill is signed into law, 2012 has one known commemorative coin issue. It will feature a military subject like the 2011 coins.
The coin is the 2012 Infantry Silver Dollar. Struck to remember the contributions of the infantry and those who have served in it, the 90% silver piece has an authorized mintage of 350,000.
$10 per coin surcharges will be used to create an endowment for the continued maintenance of the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center following its completion.
For more information, read: National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center Commemorative Coin Act. The act, numbered H.R. 3229, was signed into Public Law 110-357 on Oct. 8, 2008.
2013 Commemorative Coins
Taking a break from military commemoratives, 2013 will see a coin honoring a civilian organization which has positively affected millions of girls and young women since its creation. The 2013 Girl Scouts of America Centennial Silver Dollar will be struck from the typical 90% silver.
350,000 is the official mintage authorized for the Girl Scouts coins, and they may only be issued during the 2013 calendar year. The $10 surcharge that will be added to the sale of each will be forwarded to the Girl Scouts of America organization to continue its work.
For more information, read: Girl Scouts USA Centennial Commemorative Coin Act. The act, numbered H.R. 621, was signed into Public Law No: 111-86 on Oct. 29, 2009.
2014 Commemorative Coins
The final known upcoming commemorative coin celebrates and remembers the 50th anniversary of a 1964 act of Congress that significantly changed the rights of millions of American people. The 2014 Civil Rights Silver Dollar, honoring the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, will be minted from 90% silver.
$10 surcharges from the sale of these coins will be forwarded to the United Negro College Fund to continue its work in providing scholarships to minorities and supporting several historically black colleges and universities.
For more information, read: Civil Rights Act of 1964 Commemorative Coin Act. The act, numbered H.R. 2040, was signed into Public Law No: 110-451 on Dec. 2, 2008.