U.S. Coast Guard 2.5 Ounce Silver Medal Design and Images Unveiled

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The United States Mint this week unveiled design information and images for its 99.9% fine U.S. Coast Guard 2.5 Ounce Silver Medal which will feature a diameter of 2 inches.

U.S. Coast Guard 2.5 oz Silver Medal - obverse and reverse
U.S. Coast Guard 2.5 Ounce Silver Medal – obverse and reverse

Scheduled to launch Aug. 16, the product is the second of five from the U.S. Mint’s Armed Forces Silver Medal Program. The first medal honors the Air Force. It will be available July 13. Forthcoming medals will celebrate the Navy, Marine Corps and Army. The Mint will also later issue bronze versions as well as smaller 1-ounce silver editions.

Medal Designs

The selected obverse (heads side) and reverse (tails side) designs were recommended by the CCAC and CFA after reviewing 18 candidate designs.

Created by Richard Masters and sculpted by Michael Gaudioso, the medal’s obverse design depicts a Coast Guard national security cutter at full throttle, speeding head-on toward the viewer.

U.S. Coast Guard 2.5 oz Silver Medal - obverse
Obverse or heads side of the medal

Inscribed around the upper border are "U.S. COAST GUARD" and the Coast Guard motto "SEMPER PARATUS" (always ready). The hull number identifies the cutter Hamilton, named for Alexander Hamilton.

Created by Thomas Hipschen and sculpted by Renata Gordon, the medal’s reverse design depicts two iconic symbols of the Coast Guard — a life preserver ring and the racing stripe mark, which is found on almost all Coast Guard craft.

U.S. Coast Guard 2.5 oz Silver Medal - reverse
Reverse or tails side of the medal

The racing stripes are depicted with a heraldic hatching tradition to indicate color, with horizontal lines indicating the color blue and vertical lines indicating red. The Coast Guard emblem, which is part of the racing stripe mark, is also in the center. Inscribed into the life preserver ring are the Coast Guard’s core values "HONOR," "RESPECT," and "DEVOTION TO DUTY."

No more than 10,000 will be minted and initial orders will be limited to 1 medal per household.

Priced at $160, the product will be available Aug. 16 from the Mint’s online catalog of silver medals.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

The interpretation and appreciation of all art, whether on a canvas in a museum, on the medal shown on this page or anywhere else for that matter is by its very nature totally subjective. Taking that into account, it is simply my personal opinion that the emphatic message conveyed by the artwork on this second Armed Forces Medal in the series honoring the Coast Guard allows it to leave the Air Force Medal in the dust, or rather in its wake to put it more appropriately. Feel free to differ; all opinions are welcome, of course. Note: Below is Leonardo… Read more »

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gary

Hey Kaiser thats a killer coin for sure,and as far as the art goes i’m more of a Van Gogh Cafe Terrace At Night. Of course with a little Pinot Noir

Kaiser Wilhelm

Gary, don’t get me wrong, I’m a really big fan of van Gogh myself. Cafe Terrace At Night is one of the most expressive and enchanting paintings by any artist that I’ve ever seen. Besides, comparing Leonardo da Vinci to Vincent van Gogh is akin to applying the inappropriate apples to oranges comparison.

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Billy J Oliver

So dealers get the first chance mint now his this on enrollment.

Purchasers of the American Eagle 2021 One Ounce Silver Coins (21EAN, 21EMN, 21EGN), please note: Demand for this product is extremely high. In order to accommodate as many customers as possible, we are unable to accept increases to enrollment orders for this product.

Wonder why I stopped collecting THE US MINT IS THE REASON. You’ll see these graded and on sale the day after release by certain dealers.

Jake

I had my enrollment all set to 3, like how many weeks ago? Billy you could have been enrolling weeks ago buddy, this program isn’t new. Like KW and I mentioned, all products should have enrollments to give us collectors a feeling that we are guaranteed to purchase one as a collector, just as the big flippers seem guaranteed to get one for resale, with countless tiers of mark ups and mark downs.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Exactly, Jake. I’m glad you mentioned the hoped for provision of this enrollment option being available for all Mint releases; what a difference that would make for individual buyers. Finally the playing field would be a level one for everybody!

jwp

I just signed in to my account for the US Mint. I went to my product Enrollment -clicked on the ASE Silver proof (W) and this was added to the item “NEXT: PRES CASE ASE SILVER PROOF 1OZ – NEW DESIGN”. Maybe the enrollment are going to be honored after all. My suggestion is – log into your account and check it out. This looks encouraging!

Kaiser Wilhelm

Thanks for the heads up, jwp; much appreciated. I checked my own Enrollment account status and it still registers 3 as being on order of the ASE-W Type-2 Proof, so that’s a positive sign. Just for the heck of it I then clicked on the Enrollment function on that coin’s webpage which took me to a Remind Me button for those wanting to enroll for it now; it appears that the enrollments for this coin are, at least for the moment, sold out. That doesn’t mean anyone who hasn’t enrolled for one won’t be able to buy up to three… Read more »

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JWP

Just got an email from
The Minti verifing my Payment method for 2 ASE’s,. Looks kile The enrollments are good to go.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Billy, I have gotten the urge to quit collecting many times after being so very severely disappointed by one of the Mint’s exhausting and depressing “give all the coins to the big dealers aka re-sellers” extravaganzas. Then I realize that I would just be surrendering as a result of their aggravating tactics and debilitating behavior. I’m not about to give them the satisfaction of allowing them to put me completely off my game. So there’s that.

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Jake

I think this medal looks great, I really like it. Both sides look good. I wouldn’t put it past the mint to change the release date, its been so much fun already, why stop now lol.

Kaiser Wilhelm

It is a fine looking medal indeed, likely one of the most visually striking and dramatically impressive I’ve ever seen. Somebody at the Mint got it right this time.

jwp

This coin is truly a great looking coin. It is refreshing when all members of a service are honored. The USAF coin only represents the pilots and academy grads. I’m a retired USAF Officer and feel that this an opportunity missed, not honoring all members of the USAF. I

Kaiser Wilhelm

You make a good argument there, jwp, regarding the ostensible limitation of comprehensiveness as represented by the visuals of the Air Force Medal. The glass half full is that it’s still a very powerful portrayal of the Air Force that will undoubtedly inspire admirers to think far beyond the surface illustrations. Thanks for your service.

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LEE

im waiting for the Marine Corps and Army medals. when will they be released?

Kaiser Wilhelm

If the first two are any indication of the quality of the others, there are going to be some really fabulous military silver medals coming down the pike. Don’t know the dates yet though.

Steve

Look at Pinehurst Coins, they have 5 pages of 2021 proof ASE on pre sale. Hundreds of different labels and styles. Wonder how many thousands they will get. And the average joe will be lucky to get 3. What’s wrong with that picture.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Steve, Pinehurst Coins is one of the worst of the ruthlessly greedy perpetrators aka offenders when it comes to the very questionable acquisition of so much of the Mint’s most desirable new coin release volume. They’re right up there with the likes of Mike “Got “Em All Before You Did” Mezack, the Coin Vault, Apmex, SD Bullion, Gov.Mint, Ebay, and the Brooklyn Buying Club among assorted others of their reprehensible ilk. Thanks to them the average Joe will as usual be lucky if he can get so much as a single ASE for his collection, much less have any chance… Read more »

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Kaiser Wilhelm

By the way, Lee, I’m most interested in the release of the Army medal. That was the branch of the Military that my dear now-long-departed father served in from 1942-1962 in active status throughout Europe and then as a DAC over there for fifteen more years. I can only hope that the design does the Army justice.
Pictured: His 7th Army patch from WWII, France>Germany>Austria campaigns.

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LEE

i cant wait as well. i served in the USMC from 85-89 and Army reserve from 1990-2019 and hope they both look as least as good as the coast guard medal.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Well, that makes at least two of us, Lee, but I have a sneaky suspicion that many thousands more feel exactly like we do. The only branch I ever “served in” was the Army Brats from 1947-1965, so allow me to thank you for your service. I think the Coast Guard medal especially set the bar extremely high, which I believe means those other three medals will have to hit it out of the park to match it. Pictured: Medal of the one branch, the Space Force, the mint likely won’t be making one for, courtesy of the White House… Read more »

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Kaiser Wilhelm

Please note that in the Space Force medal depicted above the central image is almost an exact copy of the famous Star Trek emblem. It’s a sufficiently egregious error in judgment to give one serious pause and make one wonder if the Space Force medal designers possibly intended to make this enterprise out to be a kind of very bad poor inside joke.

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Jake

Thank you for serving

Richard

You are correct, sir. I can state with a fair amount of certainty that the U.S. Mint will strike these silver medals for only five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces: the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Marines, and, of course, the Coast Guard.

Kaiser Wilhelm

I must say I’m a little surprised, Richard, that the Mint isn’t releasing the five medals in the same order in which the individual services were first established. This issue might only matter due to a desire for order, but considering that with other recent coin releases certain historical factors were in fact strictly adhered to, perhaps I’m not too far off base (pun most definitely intended) in bringing up that particular issue.

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Richard

Here is the line art for the designs that both the CFA and CCAC reviewed back in late 2018. Note the slight change in orientation to the Legend-class cutter, the Hamilton. The design shows it at a slight tilt, but on the medal it appears almost perfectly vertical. I wonder how that happened?

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Jake

Good eye Dick

Kaiser Wilhelm

Good catch indeed. I wonder, Jake and Dick, if the re-orientation of the vessel’s image was designed to serve the purpose of accentuating the artistic impression of the spreading of the water by the rapidly encroaching bow, attempting thereby to enhance the viewer’s appreciation of the ship’s considerable momentum.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

Richard and Jake, upon further closer examination of the obverse of this medal it has come to my attention that it was not the image of the ship whose orientation was changed after all for minting of the actual product; instead, it is the orientation of the image of the medal itself in the photograph of the line art version that is askew due to a counter-clockwise rotation error of 5 degrees. What gave that away was the relative location of the letters of the inscription above and around the vessel; in the incorrectly-rotated photograph the lettering is clearly not… Read more »

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Richard

KW, I spoke with the designer of the obverse of this medal and he concurs with your observation. The image of the medal must have been inadvertently rotated when the page was created on the Mint’s online catalog. Being the only available image of the medal at this time, it stands to reason that CoinNews.net downloaded a copy it for this article. My guess is the medal’s erroneous position occurred because of a lack of a convenient horizontal or vertical line of reference in the design. However, upon close examination of the designer’s initials – RaM – at eight o’clock, it… Read more »

Jake

Good intel! Thanks you two

c_q

so wait they have enough silver planchets to make these but there is a shortage of the ones for the morgan and peace dollars?

Kaiser Wilhelm

I would imagine, c_q, that since the Mint has millions of identical planchets for the ASE Bullion coins they are able to shift whatever number of blanks they need between the Bullion and Numismatic minting functions without any difficulty. The planchets for the Morgan and Peace Silver Dollars on the other hand are of a completely different size and weight and as such are not interchangeable with those in the Bullion program.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

The ghost of the missing Morgan Dollar planchets haunting the Mint’s corridors at night.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

And like poor old Charlie who’s been trapped on the MTA in Boston since 1949 for lack of the nickel charge to get off, so far they have not been found.

P.S. – It is truly remarkable how for all these years during which his wife has been handing him sandwiches every day so that he wouldn’t starve it has simply never once occurred to her to pass him the one little nickel he needs so badly.

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