Starting last year in 2021, The U.S. Mint began striking the first of a 6-piece series honoring the six branches of the U.S. Armed Forces: The Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, and Space Force. Each military branch has a proud history and unique traditions in their service to our country. These medals are representative of the branch as a whole, not a specific unit, battle or action and the designs found on the new medals are emblematic of the history and individual missions of each branch of our military.
The Mint discovered that the demand for the 2.5 oz silver medals far exceeds what they were able to supply, considering the active silver shortage at the U.S. Mint. They announced a delay for the first release would provide time to improve its online ordering system for high-demand products, but added it would still be unable to meet the demand for the medal. That’s a pretty profound statement that caught the attention of serious collectors looking for a low mintage opportunity with extremely high demand.
Included in the Mint’s statement, they said, “The total number of "Remind Me" email/text notifications received by the Mint indicates that demand for the Mint’s 2.5 Ounce Silver Medals will far exceed inventory, as the projected demand is greater than supply. “
All 6 medals in the series are struck in 2.5 troy ounces of 99.9% silver, and 2 inches in diameter. They all have an extremely low mintage of just 10,000 units. Last year the Air Force and Coast Guard medals were released and sold out immediately. Earlier this year the Navy medal was released and sold out immediately. The 4th medal in the series is anticipated to be the most popular with highest demand, which is the Marine Corps design.
One of the hottest names in numismatics today is Emily Damstra, the designer of the reverse of the Silver Eagle type 2. Emily designed the obverse of the Marine Corps silver medal and Coin Advisor was given the exclusive rights to have Damstra sign our small allotment of Marine Corps 2.5 oz medals. These medals were released July 15th and are sold out at the Mint.
|Year of Issue||2022|
|Mintmark||(P) - Philadelphia (implied)|
|Label||Damstra Flag Label|
|Pedigree||Advanced Release, Mint Designer Series|
|Weight||2.5 troy oz|