2022 National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Coin Designs Unveiled

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The United States Mint joined the National Purple Heart Honor Mission on Veterans Day to unveil designs for the 2022 National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Coins. The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor collects, preserves and shares the stories of courage and sacrifice of Purple Heart recipients. The Purple Heart is awarded to those who have been wounded or killed by enemy action while serving in the U.S. military.

2022 National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Coin Designs
2022 National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Coin Designs ($5 gold coin, silver dollar, and clad half dollar)

Authorized under Public Law 116-247, the coins will be struck in collector qualities of proof and uncirculated and offered beginning Jan. 6 in gold, silver and clad options for a total of 6 unique versions.

"The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Coin Program will honor the extraordinary sacrifices made by so many," said U.S. Mint Acting Director Ventris Gibson. "We hope this program will assist the National Purple Heart Honor Mission, Inc, in its efforts to collect, preserve, and share the stories of all Purple Heart recipients."

The program is limited to maximum mintages of 50,000 $5 gold coins, 400,000 silver dollars and 750,000 clad half dollars.

 

U.S. Mint-published line art images and descriptions of the coin designs follow.

$5 Gold Coin Designs

The obverse (heads) design features the Purple Heart medal with the inscriptions "LIBERTY," "IN GOD WE TRUST," "THE PURPLE HEART," "2022," and "A GRATEFUL NATION HONORS AND REMEMBERS."

2022 National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative $5 Gold Coin Designs
2022 National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative $5 Gold Coin Designs

The reverse (tails) design places George Washington’s signature under the Badge of Military Merit and over a textured stripe. Inscriptions are "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "1782," "BADGE OF MILITARY MERIT," "E PLURIBUS UNUM," and "FIVE DOLLARS."

Obverse Artists Reverse Artists
Designer: Donna Weaver Designer: Donna Weaver
Sculptor: Joseph Menna Sculptor: John P. McGraw

 

Silver Dollar Designs

The design features the Purple Heart medal with the inscriptions "COMBAT WOUNDED & KILLED IN ACTION," "LIBERTY," "1932," "2022," and "IN GOD WE TRUST." Five stars represent the branches of the military.

2022 National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Silver Dollar Designs
2022 National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Silver Dollar Designs

The design shows a nurse in a World War I helmet as she bandages a wounded service member on a stretcher. More than 23,000 women nurses served in the Army and Navy during the war. Inscriptions are "UNITED STATES of AMERICA," "E PLURIBUS UNUM," and "ONE DOLLAR."

Obverse Artists Reverse Artists
Designer: Heidi Wastweet Designer: Heidi Wastweet
Sculptor: Eric David Custer Sculptor: Craig A. Campbell

 

Half Dollar Designs

The design shows a figure in military fatigues and combat boots using a pair of crutches. The left leg has been amputated from the thigh down. The negative space below shows the missing leg in silhouette. The Purple Heart medal appears behind the figure, and the inscription "ALL GAVE SOME" sits below the composition. The background field has a subtle flag motif. Additional inscriptions are "IN GOD WE TRUST," "LIBERTY," and "2022."

2022 National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Half Dollar Designs
2022 National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Half Dollar Designs

The design features a young boy holding the dress cap of an enlisted Marine. The silhouette of a Marine in dress blues stands behind him in negative space, emphasizing the loss that affects the families of Purple Heart recipients. The inscription "SOME GAVE ALL" is featured in the negative space around the boy in the lower half. The obverse’s background field flag motif is repeated. Additional inscriptions are "E PLURIBUS UNUM," "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," and "HALF DOLLAR."

Obverse Artists Reverse Artists
Designer: Beth Zaiken Designer: Beth Zaiken
Sculptor: Craig A. Campbell Sculptor: John P. McGraw

 

Surcharges and Other 2022 Commemorative Coin Program

Prices for the commemorative coins have yet to be published.

The authorizing law calls for added surcharges of $35 per gold coin, $10 for each silver dollar, and $5 per clad half-dollar. Provided the coins turn a profit, the collected surcharges are to be paid to the non-profit National Purple Heart Honor Mission to support its mission and for capital improvements to the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor facilities in New Windsor.

Current law provides for two U.S. Mint commemorative coin programs each year. The other 2022 program includes coins commemorating the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Negro Leagues baseball.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

These 2022 Purple Heart Commemorative Coins have some very impressive designs and do an excellent job of portraying the medal and what it stands for.

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Rob S

In another topic I posted the US Mint linx to the artist renderings of both this Purple Heart and Negro League Baseball coins. (Those posts seem to be sitting in limbo – “awaiting approval” – for days, so it seems embedded linx may be a no-no??)
Of course these look quite flat / 2-D since they’re only drawings, but I quite like the designs overall.
The bank acct may be taking more of a hit next year, it seems.

Antonio

Or can refer to the Mint’s website, as they have the mockups of how the coins will look. They still don’t show the obverse of the American Women quarters though.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Good point, Antonio; at least it gives us an idea of things to come.

And just for the fun of it, there’s a truly bizarre quote below from a certain “Ma Ferguson”. It’s another example of how stupidity can know no bounds.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

I addressed only the Purple Heart Commemoratives because I hadn’t yet seen the American Women Quarter Obverses yet, but from what I recall of the preliminary drawings these should be rather on point themselves and equally impressive.

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Chris Terp

I’ll be picking up the silver and clad versions. My grandfather was killed in action February 1945 in France. Nice way to add to our family’s files/history/tribute to him.

Lonnie

It is really nice to see someone posting positive thoughs on this site instead of all the negitive ones. God Bless you and all your family members.

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Chris Terp

Thank you Lonnie. Some of the negative ones are tongue and cheek here 😉

Kaiser Wilhelm

And a lot of them aren’t so much negative as just suggesting other ideas.

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SENZA

I had mixed feelings about the US Mint profiting from this but I’m touched by the history and legacy of service we all share and are sharing here.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

Chris,

Your grandfather was without a doubt one of the greatest members of the Greatest Generation. May his soul be resting in peace knowing he helped save his nation.

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Chris Terp

78th Lightening Division. His cannon emplacement gone blown up from a German cannon emplacement. RIP.

Kaiser Wilhelm

We owe him big time. Clearly your grandfather was right in the thick of it all.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

My father served in France from D-Day until 1945, eventually with the Seventh Army, until he was stationed in Vienna, Austria, for the Occupation. He was there as a Master Sergeant until 1955, then rejoined the 7th Army in Stuttgart and subsequently was assigned to HQ.USAREUR in Heidelberg where he became a Sgt. Major. He retired after twenty years in the Service, worked another twenty as a DAC, and passed away at 67 in 1984. He was a good man and a great dad, and I will always miss him.

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Chris Terp

Thank you for your father’s service. Which division was he in?

My paternal grandfather was the Sargeant Major of the Military District of Washington. Fought in WWI too. Got off the boat in NY from Romania via France and they shipped him back over to France and fight. Needless to say he hated that.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Chris, this may sound awful, but I never thought to ask him and he never spoke of it. I was born in 1947 and by the time I was old enough to be aware of anything my dad was assigned to one HQ or another so I always thought of him as being part of a command staff rather than any sort of field unit.

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Chris Terp

Yes, Kaiser, this happens. Only know so much about my maternal grandfather’s war record is because he was killed in action so all the paperwork went to his widow instead of the service member bring discharged.

We learned a lot about paternal grandfather because Washington Star newspaper did a write-up on him in 1943 because he was the senior most enlisted man in the Military District of Washington. Upon his death we then were able to view his records.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Thanks for reminding me that I’m not the only one who didn’t get all the military service info on my dad; much appreciated, Chris.

It’s interesting that both your grandfathers made great contributions to the nation’s military. Thanks to them both.

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Chris Terp

I say than you Kaiser, they would probably just say “I was doing my job and did what I was told.” Or something like that. No one was special since everyone was involved in the war effort in their day.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

Chris, perhaps they all just felt they were doing their job in fighting the war, but what a job it was and all too often the consequences were catastrophic and final. As far as I’m concerned they will always be the bravest men and women in the world.

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Chris Terp

Fully agree.

c_q

you should be able to request service records as next-of-kin. it may not be ‘free’ though. just google search ‘military service records site:archives.gov’

Kaiser Wilhelm

I should try that. Thanks, c_q! 🙂

Kaiser Wilhelm

That was a bust, c_q, but entirely my fault. I don’t have nearly enough of the required information regarding my father to apply for his service record. I’m putting a hold on the attempt at least for the moment, but thanks again.

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