Service & Sacrifice
2010 Silver Dollar to Honor
By Numismatic News
United States Mint has revealed the designs for
the 2010 American Veterans Disabled for Life
Commemorative Silver Dollar, a limited edition
collector's coin that will be available for
purchase beginning in January.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each
coin will help build the nation's first
permanent memorial dedicated to disabled
veterans - the American Veterans Disabled for
Life Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The new coin was introduced at the 88th Annual
Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and Auxiliary
National Convention on Aug. 22 in Denver.
"We are honored that the United States Mint has
designated a special commemorative coin to honor
our country's disabled veterans," said Arthur
Wilson, DAV National Adjutant and President of
the Disabled Veterans' LIFE Memorial Foundation.
"Not only will the coin forever be a reminder of
the brave service men and women who risked, and
continue to risk their lives, but each coin sold
will bring us one step closer to building a long
overdue permanent tribute to disabled veterans
in our nation's capital."
Secretary of the Treasury Timothy F. Geithner
approved the designs for the coin on July 30.
The main image on the coin's front side shows
the legs and boots of three veterans, including
an amputee. The design represents the service
and sacrifice of the nation's disabled veterans
across all service branches and times of
conflict. The inscription in the upper rim, THEY
STOOD UP FOR US, honors the brave service men
and women who fight on behalf of the United
States. Additional inscriptions include: IN GOD
WE TRUST, LIBERTY AND 2010.
The reserve side features a forget-me-not flower
to commemorate the country's fallen heroes. The
flower is tucked into a wreath that cradles a
cluster of oak branches - a symbol of strength
and power. Inscriptions include Take This Moment
to Honor Our Disabled Defenders of Freedom,
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURBIS UNUM and ONE
The United States Mint will mint proof and
uncirculated versions of the commemorative $1
coin in 90 percent silver. The coins will bear
the "W" mintmark of the United States Mint at
West Point. Mintage is set at 350,000 coins
across all product options.
The American Veterans Disabled for Life
Commemorative Coin Act was passed by Congress
and signed into law on July 17, 2008. The Act
authorizes the United States Mint to produce and
issue commemorative silver dollar coins in proof
and uncirculated quantities to honor disabled
veterans. The designs were recommended by
Geithner after consultation with the Citizens
Coinage Advisory Committee, U.S. Commission of
Fine Arts and the Disabled Veterans' LIFE
Memorial Foundation (DVLMF).
The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial
plans to break ground in 2010. To date, the
Foundation has raised 90 percent of the total
funds needed to design, build and permanently
maintain the Memorial. Approximately $5 million
still must be raised before groundbreaking can
To be placed on the early notification list when
the coin becomes available for sale, send an
email request to email@example.com. To make a
tax-deductible donation or learn more about the
Memorial, visit www.avdlm.org.