Monday, February 13, 2012

Infantry Soldier Silver Dollars to be Released February 16

The new United States Mint 2012 Infantry Soldier Silver Dollar will be released on February 16, according to the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center.

Designing the front of the coin was United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Master Designer Joel Iskowitz, which displays a running infantry soldier holding his weapon. On the reverse side is the branch insignia of the infantry, represented by

two crossed rifles. That was designed by US Mint AIP Associate Designer Ronald D. Sanders.

The front of the coin was sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Michael Gaudioso, and the back by US Mint Sculptor-Engraver Norman E. Nemeth.

Inscriptions on the silver dollar include E Pluribus Unum, United States of America, 2012, and One Dollar.

Authorization for the new release, which include up to 350,000 silver dollar coins to be struck, was given by Congress in 2008 in order to commemorate the establishment of the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center and the Infantry itself.

As to quality, proof and uncirculated coins will be released, launching with prices of $49.95 and $44.95 through March 19. After that the prices will be bumped up to $54.95 and $49.95. A surcharge of $10.00 a coin is included in the price. That will be applied toward the National Infantry Foundation.

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