The United States Modern Commemorative Coin program began in 1982. That year, the US Mint released commemorative half dollar coins to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of George Washington. Since that date, commemorative coins have been issued nearly every year to celebrate famous American people, places, events, and institutions. The wide range of subject matters and the diversity of designs make commemorative coins extremely popular with U.S. collectors!!
The 2011 Medal of Honor Silver Dollar was issued to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force and recognize its recipients. One of the purposes of the program was to promote awareness of how ordinary Americans can challenge fate and change the course of history through courage, sacrifice, selfless service and patriotism. Since its introduction, less than 3,500 Medals of Honor have been awarded to members of the Armed Services.
The obverse design depicts the three modern Medals of Honor for the Army, Navy, and Air Force, which are worn around the neck. The inscriptions are “In God We Trust”, “Liberty”, “Medal of Honor”, and “1861-2011”. The obverse was designed and sculpted by Jim Licaretz. On the reverse is a scene of an infantry soldier carrying a wounded solider to safety under enemy fire. This was designed by Richard Masters and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. The scene is intended to represent the courage, selfless sacrifice, and patriotism of Medal of Honor recipients. The inscriptions include “United States of America”, “E Pluribus Unum”, and “One Dollar
This 2011 S $1 Silver Medal of Honor 150th Anniversary Commemorative Dollar was struck at the San Francisco mint and has been certified MS70 by NGC! In addition the label has been hand signed by the 1st Principal Deputy Director of the United States Mint Rhett Jeppson!