American Legion 100th Anniversary Silver Dollar and Medal Set Released

Commemorating the American Legion’s founding, the United States Mint today released the American Legion 100th Anniversary Proof Silver Dollar and Medal Set.

This set includes one 2019-P Proof American Legion Silver Dollar and one American Veterans Silver Medal — both struck in 99.9% silver at the U.S. Mint facility in Philadelphia. The silver dollar debuted earlier this year as part of the Mint’s American Legion Commemorative Coin Program. The silver medal is unique to the set.

Designs and Specifications

Designed by Paul C. Balan and sculpted by Renata Gordon, the silver dollar’s obverse (heads side) features the American Legion emblem adorned by oak leaves and a lily.

Inscriptions read LIBERTY,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” and “2019.”

The dollar’s reverse, designed by Patricia Lucas-Morris and sculpted by Michael Gaudioso, represents the founding of the American Legion in Paris with crossed American and American Legion flags. A fleur-de-lis is above with the inscription “100 Years of Service.”

Additional inscriptions read “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “1919,” “2019,” “$1,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”

For the medal, the obverse depicts a bald eagle spreading its wings as it prepares for flight — symbolizing the initiative, determination, and personal courage of those in the Nation’s Armed Forces. The five stars represent the five branches of the U.S. Armed Services.

An added inscription reads “HONORING AMERICA’S VETERANS.” Benjamin Sowards created the design and Joseph F. Menna sculpted it.

Designed by Richard Masters and sculpted by Renata Gordon, the medal’s reverse shows a field of stars symbolizing past, present, and future American veterans.

A lone incused star below the field represents veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defending our country. The absence of this star in the field conveys the supreme sense of loss to the Nation. Completing the design is the inscription “SERVICE AND SACRIFICE.”

The coin and medal each weigh 26.730 grams and have a diameter of 1.500 inches (38.10 mm). The dollar’s edge is reeded whereas the medal has a plain edge.

Price and Ordering

Priced at $99.95, the set has a product limit of 10,000 which is also the maximum mintage of the silver medal. Household orders are limited initially to one unit.

The American Legion 100th Anniversary Proof Silver Dollar and Medal Set is available via this link to the Mint’s online catalog, or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).


Medal of Honor is the military’s highest honor for valor

The highest award for valor in the U.S. military is The Medal of Honor.

More than 3,500 men and one woman have been awarded the medal since President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill Dec. 21,1861 creating the medal, according to a Department of Defense report.

Sgt. Charles Clinton Fleek, of Petersburg, Kentucky, was posthumously awarded the medal Feb.16, 1971.

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Fleek’s medal approval went through 11 commanders before President Richard Nixon granted his approval. U.S. Navy Admiral John S. McCain Jr., father of Sen. John McCain, was the eighth highest ranking military officer to recommend that the honor be bestowed.


Notts County fan wins league winner’s medals at auction

A lifelong fan of one of the founder members of the Football League has picked up a medal honouring one of his club’s title winners at an auction.

The medal belonged to John Wren, who was part of Notts County’s Second Division-winning side of 1922-23.

The lot was sold for £3,300 at Hansons Auctioneers in Etwall, Derbyshire.

It took place weeks after the world’s oldest professional club was relegated out of the football league for the first time in its history.

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  • Also known as Jack, Wren played for Notts County for three seasons after signing in 1922.The half-back also represented Millwall, Southport and hometown club Bristol City in his career.Notts County’s lengthy stay in the Football League ended with a 3-1 defeat at Swindon.The title win of 1922-23 was the last of three Second Division titles won by the Magpies, who were also the oldest club in the football league before this year’s relegation.The successful bidder – a 50-year-old from Nottingham who has held a season ticket since 1981 – said he was delighted with his winning bid.

    “I’m a big collector of Notts County sporting memorabilia and this was something I was keen to own,” he said.