This article shows photos of World War I Centennial 2018 Navy Silver Medals. The medal is one of five from the United States Mint commemorating the branches of the U.S. Armed Forces that were active during the First World War.
The United States Mint on Jan. 17 started selling proof silver medals with designs honoring and emblematic of the Navy, the Army, the Air Service, the U.S. Marines and the U.S. Coast Guard.
They were introduced in support and in conjunction with the congressional authorized proof and uncirculated World War I Centennial Silver Dollars which celebrate the centennial of America’s involvement in WWI.
The two silver dollars sell separately, and will remain available until the end of the year with the proof version $56.95 and the uncirculated version $53.95. The medals, however, had a limited sales run ending Feb. 20 and were not sold individually or, for that matter, offered together. Instead, each medal was paired with a proof WWI Centennial Silver Dollar and sold as a set for $99.95. Collectors who wanted all of the medals had to buy five sets.
The set with the Army medal led sales at 14,339; followed by sets with the Marines medal at 11,487; the Air Service medal at 11,350; the Navy medal at 11,202; and the Coast Guard medal at 8,583.
Navy silver medal obverses (heads side) show a U.S. Navy destroyer on escort duty after deploying a depth charge in defense of a convoy. Above the destroyer, kite balloons provide Navy personnel a platform to spot submarines and other dangers. The inscription OVER THERE! appears at the bottom of the design. Chris Costello created the image and Michael Gaudioso sculpted it.
Sculpted by Renata Gordon, reverses depict an Officers Cap Device used in World War I as an official uniform seal of the United States Navy had not been adopted at the time of the war. Included inscriptions read: UNITED STATES NAVY, 2018, and CENTENNIAL OF WORLD WAR I. Produced at the Phildelphia Mint, the reverse also has a "P" mint mark.
Specifications of the silver dollars and silver medals include a composition of 90% silver and 10% copper, a weight of 26.730 grams, and a diameter of 1.500 inches. The dollars have a reeded edge while edges of the medals are plain.
Purchase World War I Centennial Silver Dollars from the U.S. Mint’s commemorate online store located here.
Surcharges of $10 are collected on the sale of each dollar with proceeds, after associated costs, paid to the United States Foundation for the Commemoration of the World Wars to assist the World War I Centennial Commission in memorializing the centenary of the war.
Below are a few more photos of World War I Centennial 2018 Navy Silver Medals.