U.S. Mint Release of Coast Guard 2.5 Ounce Silver Medal

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Large military silver medals are the topic of the day as the United States Mint releases at noon ET its U.S. Coast Guard 2.5 Ounce Silver Medal.

US Mint product images Coast Guard Silver Medal
U.S. Mint product images for their Coast Guard Silver Medal. The medal is encapsulated and comes with a U.S. Mint Certificate of Authenticity.

Limited to 10,000 pieces, each has a diameter of 2 inches and is struck from 99.9% pure silver. Featured designs on the medal honor the United States Coast Guard.

"Since 1790, the Coast Guard has safeguarded the American people and promoted national security, border security, and economic prosperity in a complex and evolving maritime environment," explains the U.S. Coast Guard website. "The Coast Guard saves those in peril and protects the Nation from all maritime threats."

This product is the second one from the U.S. Mint’s Armed Forces Silver Medal Program. The first honored the U.S. Air Force and launched on July 13. It sold out.

CoinNews photo U.S. Air Force Silver Medal - obverse
This CoinNews photo shows a U.S. Air Force Silver Medal (obverse side). The medal was the first release from the Mint’s Armed Forces Silver Medal Program.

The next three 5-ounce medals will carry designs honoring the Navy, Marine Corps and Army. Smaller 1-ounce silver versions as well as bronze editions are also planned.

Coast Guard Medal Designs

Eighteen candidate designs for the Coast Guard medal were unveiled in 2018. The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) and the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) recommended two of the designs. These were selected by the Treasury Secretary.

2020 Coast Guard Medal Design Recommendations
Original line-art images of the recommended designs for the U.S. Coast Guard Medal

Created by Richard Masters and sculpted by Michael Gaudioso, medal obverses (head side) depict a Coast Guard national security cutter shown 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

"U.S. COAST GUARD" and the Coast Guard motto "SEMPER PARATUS" (always ready) is inscribed above the cutter. The inscribed "753" hull number identifies the cutter Hamilton, named for Alexander Hamilton who was instrumental in the creation of the service.

Designed by Thomas Hipschen and sculpted by Renata Gordon, two iconic symbols of the Coast Guard are presented on the reverse (tails side) of the medal, a life preserver ring and racing stripe mark.

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

The preserver contains the Coast Guard’s core values "HONOR," "RESPECT," and "DEVOTION TO DUTY." The Coast Guard emblem is shown in the center of the design.

Medal Specifications

Denomination: N/A
Finish: Matte
Composition: 99.9% Silver
Weight: 2.500 Troy oz. / 77.759 g
Diameter: 2.00 inches
Edge: Plain
Mint and Mint Mark: Philadelphia / None
Privy Mark: N/A

 

Ordering and Price

Priced at $160, the product may be purchased directly from the U.S. Mint via their online store for silver medals.

Orders are limited to one per household for the first 24 hours.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

Ordinarily I wouldn’t hold out all that much hope for one of these medals in an otherwise all-coin-collecting world, but this particular item seems to have more than a little pizazz in its design and as such may actually have a good chance of flying…or perhaps sailing… off the Mint’s shelves.

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Rich

Well Sir Kaiser, 8 hours since the launch time for the Coast Guard Medal and it is still available and not sold out even with it’s very attractive design, unlike the Air Force Medal’s cheesy design (obverse and reverse). With the mintage limit of 10,000 and nice design, I figured the Coast Guard Medal would have been unavailable by now, even with the household order limit of 1.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Good Sir Rich, I agree that this medal has a fabulous design and a low mintage limit, not to mention it’s also a hefty chunk of fine silver, so one could easily have believed this would be a fairly quick sellout. What I see upon further reflection is that there are too many actual coins (as opposed to medals), and all of them very much sought after ones at that, in play this month, while there is only so much interest, and possibly above all too little in the way of funds, to go around. It might be useful to… Read more »

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Phil

Wait a min. DVR?

I kid, not poking fun

Kaiser Wilhelm

Phil,

Of course I get your point and no offense taken. Perhaps I haven’t explained what a dyed in the wool Luddite I happen to be; you can be assured I have never used a DVR in my life. Also, you’re communicating with a guy who insists on using an old flip phone (with texting intentionally disabled) and doesn’t care for cars with automatic windows; only hand cranks for yours truly!

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Phil

Kaiser,

My Samsung is my lifeline. Don’t own a tablet or a pc. But, I’ve secured most of the must haves from the mint on this thing.

I don’t go outta my way to avoid progress as you kinda project. Total apologies if I misinterpreted that.

However….. I’m prob one of the few searching for a honking v8 in the increasingly electric landscape.

Cheers my friend

Larry T

Kaiser,

No DVR? Next you’re going to tell us you don’t use any A/C (in your car or home!) Anyone that wants to take my DVR better come armed to the teeth! Same for my iPhone and new iMac. God, I hope our electric grid never goes down!

Kaiser Wilhelm

However, if that product doesn’t in any way appeal to you, then…

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Daniel

I’m a little disappointed the first medal was the airforce. I was hoping to see 640 Afghani’s crammed into a C17 on the reverse

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Kaiser Wilhelm

Daniel, I cannot even begin to imagine the full extent of the abject terror the Afghani people are being subjected to right now. For them to know that from now into any foreseeable future they are doomed to the horror of living their every waking moment under the deadly watch of and absolute rule by a horde of fanatically misogynistic homicidal psychopaths must be one of the absolutely worst fates that could befall any human being, much less an entire country’s population. It is quite likely that in the entire world only the North Korean population is living with the… Read more »

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Gerald Haefling

And here I’m stressed about getting that da*n two-piece reverse set on the 24th. I hope that everyone that manages to get out finds peace and safety wherever they end up, especially the families.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Gerald, I am truly grateful that there are people like you out there who are able to distinguish so very clearly between the simply annoying and the incredibly distressing. In the interests of full disclosure, there have been quite a few times in my own life where I had to either remind myself or failing that be reminded by my always thoughtful and caring wife that whatever little discomfort I was experiencing at that moment was as nothing when compared to the unending trials of a good percentage of the world’s population. It is in those instances that I am… Read more »

RAV

Get ready for more stress. The on sale date just got changed to September 13th.

Rich

Thanks for the heads up RAV. Just confirmed on the US Mint site:
American Eagle 2021 One Ounce Silver Reverse Proof Two-Coin Set Designer EditionThis product will be available for sale on September 13, 2021, at 12 noon (ET). Has the mint announced the reason for the release date change?

Kaiser Wilhelm

Rich & Rav,

This is clearly The Year Of Scheduling Precariously for the U.S. Mint; until you see any specific coin event occur as programmed then there’s no use taking it to heart. I suppose the name of the game for the foreseeable future is flexibility.

Mammoth

Having been to Afghanistan twice, I find it difficult to politely express my disappointment in how this administration dropped the ball and allowed this disaster to occur. And I made it out of there alive…imagine how the families of those Americans who lost their lives over there are feeling right now. Our fellow Americans died in Afghanistan – For What? In a Kabul bazaar, I fished a Jefferson Nickel out of a bin of coins. When I asked the vendor how much he wanted for it, he offered a ridiculously exorbitant price; I had to turn my head away and… Read more »

Linds

Thank-You For Your ServIce

Kaiser Wilhelm

Mammoth, Above all and first and foremost, allow me to thank you for you service, and doubly so. Myself being of the previous generation, what you describe is how I remember so many families feeling about the twice-mourned members they lost in both the Vietnam and the Korean Wars, once for their sacrifice and additionally for the sad end of those conflicts. Unfortunately, the world has never been a predominantly peaceful place, as two World Wars in the Twentieth Century will attest to; as such, this recently ended multi-year conflagration will in all likelihood by no means be anywhere near… Read more »

Uncle Sams Nephew

I like this medal, with its ship cutting through the waves. If I was in trouble on the high sea, how comforting that view would be, and if pirates and smugglers were sighted and being pursued, may that image remind them that it’s going to be a bad day and surrender or destruction are the only options. God Bless and Protect the United States Coast Guard, proudly serving the nation since August 4, 1790. But with that said, and with my full support to this brave branch of military service, I’m not going to buy this medal. I focus on… Read more »

Kaiser Wilhelm

Uncle Sams Nephew,

I understand perfectly. A coin is a coin, and a medal is a medal, and for some of us “never the twain shall meet”.

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Uncle Sam's Nephew

I also like the comic caption, but please tell me…is there a source for the values of medals?
Something like a Redbook for medals?

Kaiser Wilhelm

Uncle Sam’s Nephew,

I’ve attached an image of the Redbook in question. It’s dated 2008 and sells for $19.95 on Amazon.

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Lev

I was really looking forward to the Navy medal until I saw this. The Coast Guard medal is a great design, which means the Navy one will probably disappoint me.

Lev

Well, it took me 40 seconds to check out, rather than the 28 minutes to get a Peace Dollar.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Lev,

Bravo. What a difference!

Rooster

One and done in less than a minute.

Scarecrow

Same here – about one minute. One can always hope it will be so easy for next week’s reverse ASE set. Sighhhh, the eternal optimist…

Rooster

No kidding. Can only hope.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Rooster & Scarecrow,

Congrats to both. I just hope you aren’t spoiled now because unless there is a miracle a week from today this same ease of purchase will not be the case.

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RAV

Mint just changed on sale date to September 13th.

Kaiser Wilhelm

RAV,

And the big wheel keeps on turning, or are they just spinning the little dial?

Daniel

Oh FFS!!!
It’s a bloody clown college at the management layer.

Also, the Liberty Gold ounce coin goes on sale in 30 hours time, and they haven’t even put a price up yet.
I understand Gold is volatile, but at some point you’ve got to set a stake in the ground.

Scarecrow

Maybe the US Mint is delaying the sale to add more servers/bandwidth to improve the checkout step (have it in the cart but unable to checkout despite repeated attempts)??

Did you see how many pre-sales Ebay already has for the Liberty coin? I am afraid the flippers saw the low mintage level and are making a play to grab many of the coins. It looks similar to the 1/10 ounce two coin set with low mintage and many Ebay pre-sales (set sold out in 2 minutes).

Larry T

Scarecrow,

Not all ‘flippers’ got their hands on that 1/10th oz AGE Designer Set. I was able to obtain one (miracles never cease to amaze me) and it is not for sale! But I know what you’re saying, these days I feel like I’m running a 100M race and my competition is Usain Bolt every time the Mint releases a desirable coin!

Kaiser Wilhelm

Larry & Scarecrow,

It is without question collectors versus flippers at every Mint coin sale now, mano a mano, numismatist versus profiteer. One side wants to add to their collections, the other to their bank accounts. This is a competition with no foreseeable end.

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Smith

Got this coin just now.
I have a question though.
I see “American Buffalo 2021 One Ounce Gold Proof Coin” for $2690 on US Mint website. But I see it listed for as low as $1881 on other websites. Same 2021 year and 1 oz bars.
Which one is better to purchase? Why is US Mint priced much higher? The other websites are offering certification too.

Thank you in advance.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Smith,

This one is actually quite easy. The American Buffalo 2021 One Ounce Gold Proof Coin is exactly that, a numismatic quality coin going for the Mint’s price of $2690. What you on the other hand are being offered at roughly $800 dollars less on various re-sellers’ websites is the bullion version of the same coin. This latter is not meant to be a collectable but an investment piece worth only its intrinsic spot gold value, hence the much lower price.

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Chris

I have another question on this topic. Why is that the British Royal Mint can sell bullion and proof collector coins but the US mint does not directly from the website?

Kaiser Wilhelm

Chris,

The U.S. Mint does not sell bullion coins directly to the public but rather to its authorized bullion dealers only. They add whatever premium they want to the price and sell the bullion on the open market, both to other dealers and to the public.

As to why it is done this way, I personally do not know.

Big T

Whatever the reason I am grateful for it. Can you imagine if they tried to sell both numismatic and bullion coins?? They have enough trouble with the numismatic ones…

Kaiser Wilhelm

Big T,

Not to mention that there are so many more bullion than numismatic coins that have to be dealt with. The bullion versions come in the millions while the collector coins are restricted to the tens or hundreds of thousands instead, and even so almost every Mint purchase experience becomes a nightmare.

Big T

Exactly right. The proof versions do have a better surface finish, but actually I mostly buy the investment ones but from a reputable dealer! Not a ebay flipper! He / she will take the same coin and have it graded (!!?) and try to sell it like a proof / limited mintage collectible. Sad… it’s a BIG issue with the ASEs right now.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Big T,

That is why, regardless of all the Mint site ordering shenanigans, I still buy my coins from the Mint or not at all. I absolutely refuse to pay the secondary market’s exorbitant premiums and besides, I don’t fully trust any of the re-sellers anyway.

Carl Warren

Kaiser,

I’m with you completely on both points. And we sure have had “fun” with the mint’s ordering process haven’t we. Especially the past year or so.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

Carl,

At the risk of being overly humble, I would venture to say that great minds do think alike.

“Fun”, however, might not be my first choice of descriptions regarding what we are forever forced to face to fight our way through the Mint’s disordered ordering process, but it certainly does ring the irony bell.

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Larry T

Carl,

Fun? Only if you are masochistic.

Carl Warren

Kaiser and LarryT,

It’s always “fun” when you’re racing to click, click, click, F5, resubmit, F5, resubmit, F5, resubmit, over and over and over again.

Unfortunately, because I’ll be out of town on business, I won’t get to have “fun” on Sept 13th trying to get the 2 coin reverse proof ASE set.

I was so looking forward to the 24th.

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Big T

A better question is why are these “mint state” ASEs which are slabbed as ‘first strike” or “emergency production” being sold as collectible coins with a high premium, when in fact they are bullion coins minted in the millions for investment purposes. These coins come in tubes of 20 in a “monster” box of 1000 coins. PLEASE do not buy these coins as slabbed collectibles (who cares what the grade is for a bullion coin???). I really wish that PCGS and NGC would NOT grade these coins – they are really just legal tender ’rounds’. Make sure to only buy… Read more »

Carl Warren

Big T.,

For the past 6 years, at the beginning of each year (except this one), I would buy a roll of 20 and pull out what I deemed the nicest and most appealing for my yearly set. The rest are in a safety deposit box.

Worked out to about $10/12 over spot. I will never buy a certified one. Ever

Kaiser Wilhelm

Carl,

You’re a smart man, spending your money on the coins themselves instead of on unnecessary plastic packaging. Good for you!

Kaiser Wilhelm

Big T,

You make an excellent and very important point here. Why anyone would either have a bullion coin graded and encapsulated or buy one already in that state escapes me entirely. After all, if you wouldn’t have your rounds graded and slabbed then there is no more rationale to do that with purely investment quality bullion coins either.

Larry T

Big T,

There are only 500 ASE’s per Green monster Box, not 1000. Twenty five tubes each containing twenty coins. If you bought one with 1000 coins in it, you have a rarity. I’d get in touch with M.Mezach ASAP! I agree with the rest of your post.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Larry T,

Mike “Money Machine” Mezack would parlay that “1000 ASE Mutant Monster Box” into the biggest profiteering coup of his 20+ year career!

I can hear him (in the theoretical/fantastical already) spouting “You will never get a chance at a deal like this again. You will never get a chance at a deal like this again. It’s yours for the paltry sum of $1.00 plus a token $999,999.95 shipping. It’s yours for the paltry sum of $1.00 plus a token $999,999.95 shipping. Buy it now…we have just one left! Buy it now…we have just one left!”

Larry T

Kaiser,

The ‘Mutant Monster Box’! All I can say is I’m LMAO!

Sherril Matney

Has anyone on here who had an enrollment for the proof S silver eagles seen any movement on your order?

Kaiser Wilhelm

Sherril, I was waiting for someone to ask exactly that question. In short, no. I did get this email that claimed that my coins had shipped, but day after day the USPS keeps reporting to me that while they have been notified of the existence of this shipment they have yet to receive it physically. I’m not sure what kind of game the Mint is playing now but you might think that after they got the enrollment order this far they could just hand it over to the Post Office and let it move. Apparently they can’t make anything that… Read more »

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Larry T

Kaiser,

I had the same thing happen with my AGE Designer Set. It took about 5 days before the ‘shipping history’ showed any movement on my tracking page. Once it did, it moved quickly to my waiting hands! I would just relax, unless you enjoy dealing with ‘clueless’ government employees?

Kaiser Wilhelm

Larry T,

Yes, that seems to be the shipping scenario/pattern, and thanks for sharing that. Also, I appreciate the relaxation advice; actually can’t hear that enough!

PLH

Sherril, I received my proof S silver eagle from enrollment yesterday. The two additional coins I ordered via the defacto lottery on the mint site are on backorder.

Kaiser Wilhelm

PLH,

“De facto lottery”. I like that, and it’s so true! Which reminds me, it’s time to pick up some more tickets for the next one.

Carl Warren

UPS shows mine ‘out for delivery’ so I expect at some point today (8-18)

Kaiser Wilhelm

Carl,

What else can I say but Congrats!

However, as an occasional Buddhist I might also say “It is a great happiness.”

TheKings714

Sherril, I received my (S) enrollments on Monday. Guess there were no holdups getting the shipment to the west coast. Way to go USPS!

Sorry to those still waiting.

Kaiser Wilhelm

TheKings714,

So even if you don’t have to “win” some coins on Release Day, it is equally so a game of chance as to when your “winnings” (or in this case enrollments) will arrive.

Larry T

Sherril,

I received my 2021 S SAE’s yesterday. They shipped them on the same day they were released.I love the enrollment program.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

Larry,

In order to get that kind of service you must know something about the Mint that they don’t ever want released on Wikileaks.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Sherril,

Speak of the devil or whatever one would call this. When I checked my email this morning there was a notice from the Post Office letting me know they had received my package from the Mint’s Distribution Center. Hallelujah, jubilation and hooray!

Carl Warren

Kaiser,

Glad yours are on the way finally.

To steal a line from Tom Petty – The waiting is the hardest part

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gary

I can’t believe this 2.5 oz. silver medal did not sellout in an hour with the lowest mintage 10,000 of any modern commemorative to date plus the best looking. Oh well i guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder & cheaper then the ASE’s

Gerald

Medals are a hard sell, even at low mintage. Not nearly as much interest as an actual coin.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Gerald,

True that. Amen. Right on.

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Scarecrow

Absolutely, AND it is the same price as all the new 3 inch bronze medals. Hmmmm, $160 for a 3 inch bronze medal or $160 for a 2 inch (2.5 oz) silver medal…

Rooster

Exactly. It amazes these are still available.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Rooster,

It’s a beautiful medal that’s competitively priced with a relatively low mintage, but it’s still a medal. ‘Nuff said?

Rooster

Kaiser: That’s true. Just medals. Many are not interested in or not aware of them. I pick up the ones I like. That mintage though. The 2016 medals sold out fast with a 12,500 mintage. They were priced at $34.95 each which made it attractive.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Rooster,

The Mint’s prices don’t show evidence of inflation; I would say it’s more appropriate to call their recent increases explosion!

Rooster

Absolutely. The pricing of old seemed appropriate and fair.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Scarecrow,

Unfortunately in this case, that is not an argument for the silver medal being relatively inexpensive but rather for the bronze medals being inexcusably and in fact insanely overpriced.

Kaiser Wilhelm

gary,

While I fully understand your reasoning, what works against this medal is that per ounce of silver it is only slight less expensive than a Proof ASE, and not enough so to make up for the fact that it is not a coin.

Rooster

Household limit is lifted.

Kaiser Wilhelm

We have dropoff!

Well…if it isn’t selling out.

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Scarecrow

FYI. For some reason, the US Mint site allows you to purchase the USAF medal – probably the few left over or returned.

Also, they added a space force medal to this series!!!

https://www.coinworld.com/news/us-coins/u-s-space-force-to-get-silver-medal-in-mint-military-series

Jamie Franki

Screenshot from US Mint website, Sunday 08/22

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Kaiser Wilhelm

Jamie,

I would contend that the key word in that notice is “may”. Clearly they are not making any solid promises as to when or how many and they are covering themselves if nothing much ever comes of this. I suppose, however, that stranger things have happened, so who knows. Besides, in the meantime it does serve as a source of hope, which in itself can’t really be bad.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

Scarecrow,

I haven’t come across any mention of it yet but I’m still holding out for the “Journey To The Center Of The Earth Force” silver medal; I’d guarantee it to be a big winner!

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Kaiser Wilhelm

Scarecrow,

Space Force. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

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