Final designs for the 2015 U.S. Marshals Service 225th Anniversary Commemorative Coins have been released by the United States Mint.
Way back in July, U.S. Mint Deputy Director Richard A. Peterson joined U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and U.S. Marshals Service Director Stacia Hylton to officially reveal images for the three commemorative coins in gold, silver and clad.
When Peterson addressed the room full of special guests, he said, "Every day, across the Nation, the United States Mint connects Americans through coins, and in 2015 it will be our great privilege to connect America to the legacy of the U.S. Marshals Service and your distinguished service to our country since 1789."
Congressman Steve Womack and Senators John Boozman and Mark Pryor congratulated the U.S. Mint on their designs. The three men introduced the legislation back in 2011, and in 2012 the United States Marshals Service 225th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act was signed into law by President Obama.
Director Hylton stated, "The artists’ work depicts our rich history which is reflected in these designs. The coins represent the work of all the men and women behind the badge who have served our country throughout the decades, risking their lives to secure our judicial process and protect our communities and children from violent offenders."
Images of U.S. Marshals Service Commemorative Coin Designs
Forty-seven design candidates were crafted for the gold, silver and clad commemorate coins. From those, six were selected by the Treasury Secretary. Below are line art images and descriptions of the chosen designs.
2015 $5 Gold US Marshals Service Commemorative Coin Designs
Obverses of the upcoming $5 gold coin, which memorializes fallen U.S. Marshals Service operational personnel, will feature the current badge of a U.S. Marshal and an inscription across the bottom reading 225 YEARS OF SACRIFICE.
An eagle with flag and a shield on its chest are featured on the reverse. Inscribed on the shield is, U.S. MARSHAL, and to one side of the eagle is the Marshals Service motto JUSTICE, INTEGRITY, SERVICE.
2015 $1 Silver US Marshals Service Commemorative Coin Designs
The coin act instructs the $1 silver coin to honor the agency’s legendary status in history. For the obverse, a historic badge is the focal point. Beneath it are several deputy U.S. Marshals on horseback.
The reverse prominently features a U.S. Marshal frontiersman holding a wanted poster that says WANTED IN FORT SMITH. Fort Smith, Arkansas is preparing to break ground this fall for the U.S. Marshals Museum. Surrounding the image, again, is the motto, JUSTICE, INTEGRITY, SERVICE.
2015 50c US Marshals Service Commemorative Coin Designs
Designs for the clad half-dollar coin have many more elements, representing pivotal issues in American history.
First, the obverse calls attention to an old west U.S. Marshal with a rifle and horse opposite of a present-day female deputy U.S. Marshal.
Second, the reverse incorporates several diverse missions of the agency in U.S. history. The image portrays Lady Justice holding scales in one hand and a U.S. Marshal’s badge in the other, and beneath her arms are a declaration, handcuffs, school books, railroad tracks, and a jug of whiskey.
Surcharges and Mintages
Proceeds from surcharges on the sale of these coins will benefit the U.S. Marshals Museum, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Foundation, and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Maximum mintages will be 100,000 $5 gold coins, 500,000 $1 silver coins, and 750,000 50c clad coins.
They blew it! A golden opportunity to show off the star badge like they did the baseball and glove in the BBHoF and they couldn’t do it. What a shame. Congress always sets large mintages for commemoratives – they’ll get nowhere near those numbers with these designs.
would have too agree with Jim….tough sell
Next coin: Chuck Norris, Texas Ranger?
A Norris/Ranger coin would probably be more popular!