For years, the United States has recognized today, November 11, as Veterans Day. Celebrations for the holiday may be observed at different events around the country, but collectors may also want to use the day as a reminder to purchase a veterans commemorative coin offered by the U.S. Mint.
American Veterans Disabled for Life Silver Dollars were released earlier this year on February 25, 2010. However, whereas the holiday is meant to recognize all who had served in the armed forces of the United States, the commemorative silver dollar was created to honor those individuals who were disabled for life as a result of their service.
This includes those individuals who are currently living with the injuries they received while serving, those who have died after living with such injuries, and those who gave their lives while serving.
Available in both proof and uncirculated conditions, the American commemorative coins have been selling at a solid rate. According to the most recent figures available from the U.S. Mint, 177,606 of the proof silver dollars and 72,248 of the uncirculated silver dollars have been sold. This totals 249,854 coins, leaving 100,146 remaining from the mintage cap of 350,000.
Collectors have always been interested in military related commemorative coins. However the final number of strikes sold seems to vary drastically. Most recently, the 2005 Marine Corps 230th Anniversary Silver Dollars recorded a total of 598,481 sold. 391,494 of the 2002 West Point Bicentennial Coins were purchased. In 1995, a total of 482,980 of the Civil War Battlefield Silver Dollars were obtained by collectors whereas the previous year only 284,961 of the Vietnam War Memorial Dollars and 279,342 of the American Prisoners of War Dollars were purchased.
These numbers could mean that the American Veterans Disabled for Life Silver Dollars may end up with one of the lowest mintages of any recent military themed commemorative coin — a factor that could increase the value of the silver dollars on the secondary market as time progresses.
An image of the legs and boots of three disabled veterans is shown on the obverse of each coin along with a pair of crutches. The design also includes the inscriptions THEY STOOD UP FOR US, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST, 2010 and the West Point mintmark of "W." It was designed and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart.
On the reverse, a wreath of oak branches is wrapped in a ribbon with a forget-me-not flower at its base. Inside the wreath is the inscription "Take This Moment to Honor Our Disabled Defenders of Freedom" while the inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and ONE DOLLAR are also shown. This design was completed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Thomas Cleveland and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna.
American Veterans Disabled Silver Dollars are available directly from the U.S. Mint for $43.95 for the proof coin and $35.95 for the uncirculated. Those prices include $10 surcharges with sales paid to the Disabled Veterans’ LIFE Memorial Foundation to support the construction of the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial.
The Mint has indicated that the silver dollars would go off sale on December 13, 2010, after 5:00 pm ET. Orders may be placed on the Mint’s website at catalog.usmint.gov or via their toll free number of 1-800-USA-MINT.