Today at noon EDT, the United States Mint releases its latest product from their Armed Forces Silver Medal Program, the U.S. Coast Guard 1 Ounce Silver Medal for $65.
This 99.9% fine silver medal features designs emblematic of the Coast Guard. These same designs first appeared on a larger 2.5-ounce silver version which launched last year and sold out.
U.S. Coast Guard Medal Designs
The medal’s obverse (heads side) depicts a Coast Guard national security cutter at full throttle, speeding head-on toward the viewer. The hull number on the cutter indicates it is the Hamilton, named after Alexander Hamilton, who was instrumental in the creation of the service.
The design was created by Richard Masters and sculpted by Michael Gaudioso. Inscriptions read "U.S. COAST GUARD" and the Coast Guard motto "SEMPER PARATUS" (Always Ready).
Its reverse (tails side) shows two iconic symbols of the Coast Guard, a life preserver ring and the racing stripe mark. The mark is found on almost all Coast Guard craft.
Also featured is the Coast Guard emblem along with the inscriptions of "HONOR," "RESPECT," and "DEVOTION TO DUTY" — the Coast Guard’s core values. Artistic Infusion Program artist Thomas Hipschen created the design, with Medallic Artist Renata Gordon engraving it.
|Silver Weight:||1.000 troy oz.|
|Diameter:||1.598 in. / 40.60 mm|
|Mint and Mint Mark:||N/A|
|Design:||Obverse Designer: Richard Masters, Artistic Infusion Program Designer
Obverse Sculptor: Michael Gaudioso, United States Mint Medallic Artist
Reverse Designer: Thomas Hipschen, Artistic Infusion Program Designer
Reverse Sculptor: Renata Gordon, United States Mint Medallic Artist
|Struck Under Authority of:||31 U.S.C. § 5111(a)(2)|
Coast Guard 1 Ounce Silver Medals are available directly from the U.S. Mint via their online store for silver medals.
No household order limits, or mintage limits have been established.
Armed Forces Silver Medal Program
The U.S. Mint’s Armed Forces Silver Medal Program debuted last year and has seen the following releases:
- Air Force 2.5 oz Medal released on July 13, 2021
- Coast Guard 2.5 oz Medal released on Aug. 17, 2021
- Navy 2.5 oz Medal released on March 11, 2022
- Marine 2.5 oz Medal released on July 15, 2022
- Air Force 1 oz Medal released on Aug. 16, 2022
The above 2.5-ounce silver medals sold out with maximum mintages of 10,000. The 2.5-ounce Army and Space Force Silver Medals are expected next year, as well as the remaining 1-ounce editions.
Companion Armed Forces Bronze Medals are also planned.