The United States Mint releases today the large format U.S. Navy 2.5 Ounce Silver Medal as the third strike in their Armed Forces Silver Medal series. Demand is expected to be strong for this collectible despite its relatively high $160 price tag.
The .999 fine silver medal goes on sale beginning at noon Eastern Time with a maximum mintage of only 10,000. To help in making it available to more customers, the U.S. Mint has instituted an initial household order limit of one.
The U.S. Mint’s Armed Forces series debuted in July with the Air Force 2.5 Ounce Silver Medal. That release was followed in August with the Coast Guard 2.5 Ounce Silver Medal. Both are no longer available, having sold out. The Marine Corps’ medal is schedule for release this summer. Release dates for the Army and Space Force medals are yet to be announced.
In addition, smaller 1 ounce silver medals bearing similar imagery are planned, as are bronze versions. The 1-ounce editions of the Air Force and Coast Guard medals are expected to launch this summer.
U.S. Navy Medal Designs and Specifications
Designs found on the new medal are emblematic of the history and mission of the U.S. Navy.
The medal’s obverse or heads side features Navy destroyer John Paul Jones to the left, the historic U.S.S. Constitution to the right, and an F-18 Hornet formation overhead.
Obverse inscriptions include "UNITED STATES NAVY" and "DON’T GIVE UP THE SHIP," the latter spoken by mortally wounded Commander James Lawrence to his crew on the U.S.S. Chesapeake during the War of 1812.
Artistic Infusion Program Designer Donna Weaver created the imagery and United States Mint Medallic Artist Jay M. Kushwara sculpted it.
Created by Artistic Infusion Program Designer Steve Ferris and sculpted by United States Mint Medallic Artist John P. McGraw, the medal’s reverse or tails side shows a line of sailors manning the rail while the American flag flies in the background.
Reverse inscriptions display the Navy’s core values, "HONOR," "COURAGE," and "COMMITMENT.
Specification of U.S. Navy 2.5 Ounce Silver Medal
|Weight:||2.500 Troy oz. / 77.759 g|
|Diameter:||2.000 inches / 50.80 mm|
|Mint and Mint Mark:||Philadelphia / None|
Ordering and Price
The U.S. Navy 2.5 oz Silver Medal may be purchased directly from the U.S. Mint via their online store for silver medals.
Each medal is encapsulated and ships within a U.S. Mint blue clamshell with cardboard sleeve.