US Mint Releases Infantry Soldier Commemorative Silver Dollars

by US Coins Today on February 16, 2012

in Commemorative Coins, Silver Coins

2012 Infantry Soldier Proof Silver Dollar (US Mint image)

The United States Mint today, February 16, 2012, released the 2012 Infantry Soldier Commemorative Silver Dollars. These strikes were made available for ordering by the US Mint beginning at Noon, Eastern Time.

Congress authorized the striking of the Infantry Soldier Silver Dollars with the passage of the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center Commemorative Coin Act (Public Law 110-357). According to the terms of the Act, the silver dollars are struck "in commemoration of the legacy of the U.S. Army Infantry and the establishment of the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center."

The commemorative coins are struck to the same specifications as other modern commemorative silver dollars. This includes a composition of 90% silver and 10% copper, a diameter of 1.5 inches and a total weight of 26.730 grams.

Shown on the obverse of the coin is a design by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Michael Gaudioso. It depicts a modern infantry soldier charging forward while beckoning to fellow troops to follow.

The reverse was designed by Ronald D. Sanders and sculpted by Norman E. Nemeth. It shows the crossed rifle branch insignia of the infantry.

The Infantry Soldier Commemorative Silver Dollars are available now in both proof and uncirculated condition. The proof coins are available for an introductory price of $49.95 with the uncirculated being offered for $44.95. Prices on both strikes will increase by $5 after the introductory period ends on March 19, 2012, at 5 p.m. ET.

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