Designs for commemorative coins recognizing the 100th anniversary of America’s involvement in World War I will be unveiled Monday, Oct. 9, in Washington, D.C. The date coincides with the opening day of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
In 2018, and as directed by Public Law 113-212, the United States Mint will produce and sell up to 350,000 World War I American Veterans Centennial Silver Dollars in collector qualities of proof and uncirculated.
The soon to be revealed designs came about from a two-phased competition process. Phase one consisted of opening the contest to interested artists. Phase two narrowed the competition field with 20 chosen entrants submitting their commemorative designs and plasters. These designs where then judged by an expert jury.
Participants at the design unveiling ceremony will include:
- Thomas Johnson, Chief of Corporate Communications, United States Mint
- Ryan McCarthy, Under Secretary of the Army
- Col. Robert J. Dalessandro, USA (Ret.), Chairman, U.S. World War I Centennial Commission
The event’s time and location details follow:
Date: Monday, Oct. 9
Time: 12:30 p.m. (ET)
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
AUSA National Meeting Press Operations Briefing Studio (Room 140B)
801 Mt. Vernon Place NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
Surcharges of $10 are to be collected on the sale of each silver dollar with proceeds, after associated costs, paid to the United States Foundation for the Commemoration of the World Wars to aid the World War I Centennial Commission in commemorating the centenary of the war.
In addition to the 2018 WWI American Veterans Centennial Silver Dollars, the United States Mint in 2018 will strike and sell silver medals honoring the Army (see Army medal designs), Navy (see Navy medal designs), Air Service (see Air Service medal designs), Marines (see Marines medal designs) and Coast Guard (see Coast Guard medal designs). Finalized designs for these medals have not yet been unveiled.