U.S. Marine Corps Bronze Medal Now Available for $20


Today, Dec. 14, the United States Mint has started selling the U.S. Marine Corps Bronze Medal, its final product of 2023.

US Marine Corps Bronze Medal - Obverse and Reverse
U.S. Marine Corps Bronze Medal – Obverse and Reverse

Honoring the Marine Corps and its importance in the nation’s history, this medal is the bronze version of the earlier released U.S. Marine Corps Silver Medals. It is part of the Armed Forces series that celebrates all six branches of the military: the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, and Space Force.

The U.S. Mint’s silver medal program comprises both a 2.5-ounce and a 1-ounce silver medal for each branch, followed by companion bronze medals. All three types of medals share the same designs. Previously released medals include:

According to the U.S. Mint, the Army 1 Ounce Silver Medal will be released in the Spring of 2024. No dates have been announced yet for the Army Bronze Medal, nor have any dates been indicated for any of the U.S. Space Force medals.

U.S. Marine Corps Bronze Medal Designs

The obverse (heads side) of the medal features three Marines with M4 rifles moving ashore just after an amphibious landing. One Marine lies hidden in the grass, providing cover for the other two as they approach the crest of a hill. A U.S. warship is visible on the horizon.

Emily Damstra created the design, which was sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. The obverse inscriptions read "U.S. MARINE CORPS" and "EVERY MARINE A RIFLEMAN."

CoinNews photos U.S. Marine Corps 2.5 Ounce Silver Medals
This CoinNews photo shows both sides of a U.S. Marine Corps 2.5 Ounce Silver Medal, which the U.S. Mint released on July 15, 2022. The newest bronze medal share the same designs.

Designed by Laurie J. Musser and sculpted by Joseph Menna, the reverse (tails side) of the medal depicts the Marine Corps Eagle, Globe, and Anchor emblem encircled by a rope border. It is inscribed with the core values of the Marines — "HONOR," "COURAGE," and "COMMITMENT," as well as the Marine Corps motto "SEMPER FIDELIS" ("always faithful").

Specifications for the medal, as provided by the U.S. Mint, are as follows:

Finish: Matte
Composition: 95% copper, 5% zinc
Diameter: 1.500 in.
Edge: Plain
Mint and Mint Mark: N/A
Privy Mark: None
Design: Obverse Designer: Emily Damstra
Obverse Sculptor: Phebe Hemphill
Reverse Designer: Laurie J. Musser
Reverse Sculptor: Joseph Menna
Struck Under Authority of: 31 U.S.C. § 5111(a)(2)



Priced at $20, the Marine Corps Bronze Medal may be purchased directly from the U.S. Mint via their online store for military medals, along with other Armed Forces Medals.

No mintage, product or household order limits are in place.

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