U.S. Mint Release of Army 2.5 Ounce Silver Medal

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Today, March 6, at noon EST, the United States Mint will offer their 2.5-ounce Armed Forces Silver Medal honoring the U.S. Army. The collectible is struck in 99.9% fine silver to a diameter of 2 inches.

US Mint product images Army 2.5 Silver Medal
U.S. Mint product images for their Army 2.5 Silver Medal. The medal is encapsulated and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Representing the fifth of six designs from the series, this large format medal has a mintage of 10,000 pieces, is limited to 1 per household, and is priced at $175.

Demand for prior medals of the size has been solid, with each eventually selling out. Earlier released medals include:

Images of each design follow.

CoinNews photo U.S. Air Force Silver Medal - obverse
This CoinNews photo shows a U.S. Air Force Silver Medal (obverse side). It was the first release from the Mint’s Armed Forces Silver Medal Program.
CoinNews photo U.S. Coast Guard Silver Medal - obverse-a
This CoinNews photo shows a U.S. Coast Guard Medal (obverse side). It was the second release from the Mint’s Armed Forces Silver Medal Program.
CoinNews photo U.S. Navy 2.5 Ounce Silver Medal
This CoinNews photo shows a U.S. Navy Silver Medal (obverse side). It was the third release from the Mint’s Armed Forces Silver Medal Program.
CoinNews photo U.S. Marine Corps 2.5 Ounce Silver Medal - Obverse
This CoinNews photo shows a U.S. Marine Corps Silver Medal (obverse side). It was the fourth release from the Mint’s Armed Forces Silver Medal Program.

A same-sized medal honoring the Space Force is also planned, but no release date has been announced.

One-ounce silver and bronze versions of the Army medal will also be available at some point. To date, 1-ounce Coast Guard and 1-ounce Air Force silver medals have been released, as has an Air Force bronze medal. These versions have no mintage limits.

U.S. Army Silver Medal Designs

The obverse (heads side) of each medal contains a design highlighting the continuity of the United States Army. It depicts the likeness of a Continental and a modern soldier "at the ready" complete with weapons of their eras. Inscriptions include "UNITED STATES ARMY" and "SINCE 1775."

US Army Silver Medal - obverse
Obverse or heads side of the medal

On the reverse (tails side), inscriptions of the seven core values of the Army ("LOYALTY," "DUTY," "RESPECT," "SELFLESS SERVICE," "HONOR," "INTEGRITY," and "PERSONAL COURAGE") are shown alongside the U.S. Army flag.

US Army Silver Medal - reverse
Reverse or tails side of the medal

Streamers from several major battles have visible text, including APPOMATTOX 1865, LEXINGTON 1775, ABEYANCE 2014 – 2015, TET COUNTEROFFENSIVE 1968, and LUZON 1944 – 1945.

U.S. Army Medal Specifications

Denomination: N/A
Finish: Matte
Composition: 99.9% Silver
Weight: 2.500 troy oz.
Diameter: 2.000 inches /50.80 mm
Edge: Plain
Mint and Mint Mark: Philadelphia-N/A
Privy Mark: N/A

 

Ordering

The U.S. Mint’s product page for the Army Silver Medal is located here.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

If it wasn’t for the United States Army and the other military services of the nation we might all now be speaking some combination of German, Japanese, Chinese and Russian, not to mention being compelled to endure an existence most probably not one we would even care to imagine. Unreserved thanks to all those who have served for their dedication, efforts and sacrifice.

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Dazed and Coinfused

Yes. Thank you good sir George Washington. If not for him we’d all be speaking British, or worse…. French. But it is good to learn second and third languages especially Spanish in America. Thanks to all brothers and sisters and sisters that think they are brothers and vice versa. In today’s army I’d probably go binary so that come PT test time I can say I’m a chick and crush the passing requirements. And go back to being a boring regular dude about 3 hours later. I know it is crazy to hear it except for veterans day and memorial… Read more »

Craig

The medal looks nice but I’m glad I don’t collect them…$175 for a medal! Yikes.

Domenic Vaiasicca

Exactly….yikes!

Christopher Williams

I love the coin, but not at that price. Love the coin!!!

Kaiser Wilhelm

Christopher, Domenic and Craig,
I agree with you on both counts. Great medal design; excessive price.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

Somehow you just reminded me, Dazed and Coinfused, to also offer gratitude to Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant for saving at least a good half or more of us Americans from being forever stuck speechifying with a y’all drawl.

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Dazed and Coinfused

we speak slow so yall can keep up

Kaiser Wilhelm

Well, that explains it. 🙂

Dazed and Coinfused

agreed, and it would be much to our chagrin
CH(chinese)A(arabic)G(german)R(russian)IN(indian)

Kaiser Wilhelm

The current frontrunner for this year’s MOAP (Most Original Acronym Prize)!

Christopher Williams

Well written, Kaiser.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Very nice of you to say that, Christopher; much obliged.

Antonio

You’re welcome Kaiser, but I thought it was the thing to do and everyone called me stupid for enlisting. That was when people who served in ‘Nam were called baby killers. The Gulf War in ’90 changed all that.

Kaiser Wilhelm

I was a contemporary who didn’t happen to serve, Antonio, but I always thought the those who disparaged the very soldiers who both risked and often lost everything in Vietnam were very shortsighted, foolish and hypocritical people. Unfortunately it is the case that when you get so used to living with freedom all the time you quite often and all too easily lose the capacity to understand what it’s like not to have it and what it sometimes takes to defend and maintain it.

Dazed and Coinfused

Represents 5 of 6 designs. I presume space force is the final. When I go to the product page, I think summer 2023 shows another navy coin. 1 oz. And then further down marine coin. So what is the 6th? Where is the space force or
national guard/reserves or whatever.

And with the navy and marine medals (coins) coming out again, does that mean another 6 coin series? Cluster foxtrot if I ever seen one.

Kaiser Wilhelm

The sixth is the Space Force medal and is the last of the series in the two and one-half ounce format; any other service medals going forward will be of the one ounce variety.

Kaiser Wilhelm

To qualify for the Space Force, Major D, you must either have been born off-planet or can point to something else that makes you an alien. Considering I was born in Austria and didn’t move here permanently until I was over twenty years old perhaps I could make the grade as an “alien”.

Rooster

I am going to make an attempt to fulfill my household limit of one. Good luck to all who are in for this medal.

Daniel

They aren’t even bothering with the wait room for this one

Rooster

Surprised. Seems they had issues with the waiting room on 2/2

Rooster

In and out. Smooth transaction with no waiting room.

Dazed and Coinfused

less than a minute. in and out. seems to be just over half sold at the 15 minute mark. should be a same day sell out. not sure what the waiting room thing is. but did not see it for this item. i wonder why they chose not to use it.

Dazed and Coinfused
i retract that. just refreshed it again and for some reason it is showing data-available="5256.0"
Rooster

Thanks for the update. I can’t access this from my Apple devices so I only get this info here.

East Coast Guru

A quick purchase. If I didn’t already have the prior 4 medals, probably wouldn’t get this one. My guess is it will be gone in 24 hours. Army and Navy have the most veterans followed by marines and then coast guard. I think the coast guard medal lasted beyond 24 hours as I recall. Same with the military engraved prints. The 4 other branches sold out quickly. Coast guard took a long time to sell out. Just a numbers game. I doubt the space force will be a quick sell out if and when it comes out. Few veterans from… Read more »

Rooster

I am in for the whole series as well. Size matters. These 2.5 ounce medals are great. Wish I would have ordered more from the start. Just in for one each. The grands can arm wrestle for them. Maybe draw straws.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Especially at our age when the only size that matters anymore is that of our coins and medals they take on far greater importance.

Kaiser Wilhelm

If they count all the Star Trek, Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica folks as veterans that gives the new Space Force quite a boost in numbers.

Dazed and Coinfused

3 hours after release, the data available show 3224 are left for purchase.

Rooster

Thank you!

Christopher Williams

2,358 available as of 07:41 EST. I must admit, I am tempted.

Rooster

I too was on the fence with one foot in before going all in.

Christopher Williams

Rooster, congrats. It’s a great-looking coin.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Good to hear you guys all got lucky with the Medal. Well played!

John

How do you see the numbers available?

Domenic Vaiasicca

Nope, nope, nope….im resigned to not give the mint any more of my money on overpriced product lines. If im not getting ASEs anymore or reg proof sets etc….im certainly not bothering with ANY medals. Im sticking to the Morgan/peace line and 1 silver proof set…..which is like a third of what i used to buy.

Dazed and Coinfused

I was on the fence. The only reason I got it was because

I’ll tell ya later if I remember

Rooster

Lol

Craig

If you bought the other military medals, or were actually in the Army, I would’ve got this one as well. Even though you are paying “through the nose”, it’s appropriate to mention you are getting 2.5 ounces of fine silver from the mint. That’s the good news, the bad news is that silver is only worth $53.30 as of todays spot price.

Antonio

I have so much army stuff, I don’t need anymore. I bought a roll of Canadian two dollar coins commemorating Queen Elizabeth II with an oxidized or dark outer edge. They’re right, they aren’t black but dark gray or grey.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Antonio and Craig, the best Army “souvenir” I have is the memory of my dad looking sharp and proud in his crisp uniform displaying the first Sergeant Major’s patch awarded in USAREUR since the end of WWII.

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Antonio

I was once confused of being our brigade’s Command Sergeant Major. A confusion which ought not to have been made. Imagine if someone called out my last name to him? Not a pretty sight. We may have looked a like, we certainly didn’t have the same demeanor.

Kaiser Wilhelm

That is a mistake that should never have been made; this, after all, is what rank patches and shoulder insignia are for.

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Domenic Vaiasicca

Hahaha

Kaiser Wilhelm

Ouch, that fall off the fence really did a job on your powers of recall.

Kaiser Wilhelm

You are a man of your word and principles, Domenic. Kudos on sticking to your guns.

Rooster

Thanks for the update.

East Coast Guru

Now that the order limit is gone, the remaining army medals are flying out the door.

East Coast Guru

Off topic, I wonder if the mint will significantly reduce their price on Palladium eagles. Currently Way to high based on spot.

Craig

I’m going to make a wild guess and say “No way” they will lower the Palladium coin price.If anything, I’d bet they would love to raise the price!

Kaiser Wilhelm

We could add a logical third to Henry Ford II’s two famous dictums, as in:

  1. Never complain.
  2. Never explain.
  3. Never discount.
Dazed and Coinfused

with tensions ramping up, i would say the use of platinum family metals will be increased to either force most collectors out, or to make enough profit to buy way more. any unsold would be used to manufacture military vehicles and parts. you may even see unky joe send his 87,000 irs agents out and about to start cutting catalytic convertors off the citizenry’s vehicles. the palladium were nice coins the first couple of years. and were rather down to earth in cost, but they quickly rocketed out of my price range. i am not sure what they are now.… Read more »

Kaiser Wilhelm

The “87,000” IRS agents reminds me of good old Joe McCarthy’s persistent which is to say oft-repeated claims of the “number of Communists in the State Department” which changed regularly with every single one of his mentions thereof. It’s a very old trope along the lines of the much more current Spinal Tap “11” on Nigel Tufnel’s guitar amplifier.

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Dazed and Coinfused

9 minutes proir to noon and the one per house limit lifted (the magic mike buying spree) 1844 are available

Kaiser Wilhelm

I don’t know, Dazed and Coinfused, about referring to the Caffeine King of Coins as “Magic Mike” as that reminds one an awful lot of the male stripper movie of the same name.

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Seth Riesling

Precious metals are tanking this morning! Silver is about to go below $20 an ounce – down over 2% this morning! Get your $175 silver medal with $50 worth of silver in it while they last! Lol.

NumisdudeTX

Dazed and Coinfused

yes, get your silver now while you can. with Iran finding a huge lithium depository and none of the BS regulations to mine it like America (green laws, EPA, impact on native americans) has, the BRICS will soon begin their civil war. it wont be the north and the south, it’ll be the east vs the west. they seem more intent to switch to a gold standard and it makes sense as they constantly buy physical and stash it. on the other hand, americans believe that their sheet of paper that says they own gold and silver will soon find… Read more »

Kaiser Wilhelm

I concur with so much of what you wrote in that comment; good stuff!

As an aside, whatever else can be said or made of the BRICS, one thing is for sure; you couldn’t pay me to spend a single day in one of those cow plop countries.

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Seth Riesling

Just call APMEX & ask what they will pay you for these trinkets…You will be surprised. They can’t even sell the ones they have in stock obviously. You may make a profit if you are lucky & get one that will grade 70 at PCGS or NGC. The market for medals is very different than for legal tender coins & there are no good reference books for the most recent U.S. Mint medals for value guidance.

NumisdudeTX

Dazed and Coinfused

1201 pm and it is now 1565 available. selling rather quick

Seth Riesling

I’m dazed & confused as to why people pay $155 over spot for a silver medal that doesn’t even have a Mint mark on it & is not even a Proof medal!
Mike Mezack just got all of the last ones available of this medal & had a numismatic orgasm live on air on the HSN tv shopping show…how rude! Lol.

NumisdudeTX

Rooster

The 3” bronze medals are $160.

East Coast Guru

Those bronze medals are a terrible deal. At least the 2.5oz silver medals have a strong after market.

Rooster

Yep! I will jump on these over the bronze any day.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Just as a bit of a sideways thought, Rooster and E.C. Guru, but in Napoleon’s time aluminum was valued far above all of what we now call the precious metals, so things do change. Just sayin’.

Rooster

Baaaaahaha

Kaiser Wilhelm

MINIATURE STONEHENGE AND THE DANCING DWARVES!

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Kaiser Wilhelm

A strange case of art imitating art imitating life. Go figure.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

If silver tanks any further these bronze medals will seem like a bargain. 😉

Rooster

Just an example of a medal that people would buy without consideration of the metal value.

Kaiser Wilhelm

To some extent, Rooster, that perhaps ought to be the basic way we look at things for much of what we as true collectors buy.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Get an extra half-inch? As Michael from The Office would proclaim, “That’s what she said.”

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Dazed and Coinfused

1301 and we are at 1356 remaining. maybe today, but probably tomorrow it will sell out. it is only 10:01 west coast so maybe it will start picking up as the day runs on. i will post updates. maybe someday soon apple will develop tech to allow them to use source code easier. it can be done, but i am not sure if it tells you the info on the sales page only or not, considering you have to click the add to bag to bring it up, i think adding view source in front of https shows info, but… Read more »

East Coast Guru

I am surprised these army medals are still available. If I was a CO of a base, I would buy a bunch to give out similar to a challenge coin to my best performers.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Sorry, Major D and E.C. Guru, the Mint doth taketh, not giveth away.

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Seth Riesling

These Army silver medals are still available for purchase right now on the Mint’s website. Not even 10,000 collectors wanted one??

NumisdudeTX

Kaiser Wilhelm

In a year collectors are saying no to coins, Seth, they’ll put the kibosh on medals too.

Seth Riesling

So true…even the coin/medal dealers didn’t buy these all up…and that really tells you the whole story.

NumisdudeTX

Kaiser Wilhelm

Indeed, Seth; one can only stretch money so far. It’s inevitable that at some point it’s going to snap back and hit one right in the face…and the wallet!

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Rooster

Thank you Major D. At least everyone had a chance to get one.

Seth Riesling

This medal finally sold out this morning – 6 long days after it was offered. That is a bit surprising given its low mintage of 10,000 – a sign of these economic times maybe.

NumisdudeTX

Rooster

Thanks for the update Seth. Just got mine in the mail today along with the congrats set. Also surprised it took this long.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Major D, Rooster and Seth, precious metals are down, retail prices are way up, homes have lost value, the stock market is faltering and banks are collapsing; seems we are in the midst of what might not be the best of times and as such it’s likely no longer surprising people are finally beginning to tighten their belts.

Kaiser Wilhelm

I suggest you check again.