US Mint Marine Corps 230th Anniversary Silver Dollar Proof Coin
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This listing is for one uncirculated new in box:
UNITED STATES MINT
MARINE CORPS 230TH ANNIVERSARY
COMMEMORATIVE SILVER DOLLAR PROOF COIN
IN ORIGINAL MINT SLEEVE BOX
IN DARK BLUE VELVETINE PRESENTATION BOX
History was made on July 29th, 2005 at United States Marine Corps Base Quantico. The United States
honored a branch of the military for the first time with a commemorative coin, the Marine Corps 230th
Anniversary Silver Dollar. The image on the front of the coin features a rendition of Associated Press
photographer Joe Rosenthal’s historic photograph depicting the raising of an American Flag by the
United States Marines at Iwo Jima.
Near the ceremony announcing the issue of this historic coin, the 210-foot tilted mast of the new
National Museum of the Marine Corps soared into the sky, also evoking the image of the flag-raising.
Surcharges from the sale of each commemorative coin are authorized to benefit the Marine Corps
Heritage Foundation, helping to construct the museum.
“Marines fight our wars and guard our embassies. When any part of the world erupts in chaos, we
‘send in the Marines.’ We ask them and expect them to do the hardest thing of all, to give their lives
for us,” said United States Mint Director Henrietta Holsman Fore. “Today, the United States Mint
launches this commemorative coin in honor of the United States Marine Corps’s leadership in
war and peace.”
Designed by United States Mint sculptor-engraver Norman E. Nemeth, the obverse of the Marine
Corps 230th Anniversary Silver Dollar mirrors Rosenthal’s photograph taken on February 23, 1945,
which is believed to be the most reproduced image in the history of photography.
The reverse, by United States Mint sculptor-engraver Charles L. Vickers, features an engraving of the
Eagle, Globe and Anchor, the official emblem of the United States Marine Corps. This emblem has
remained virtually unchanged since 1868, when United States Secretary of the Navy, Gideon Welles,
approved the design as recommended by Brigadier General Commandant Jacob Zeilin.
Two hundred thirty years ago, following skirmishes at Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts,
delegates to the Second Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia and, on November 10, 1775,
ordered the raising of two Marine battalions to serve as a landing force for the growing colonial fleet.
It was the first link in an unbroken chain of distinguished, heroic service that runs the full length
of United States history. Philadelphia is the birthplace of both the United States Marine Corps and the
United States Mint.
Metal composition of the coin is 90% silver and 10% copper.
The coin's diameter is about 1.5 inches and it weighs about 26.73 grams.
This is a high quality, satin finish uncirculated coin produced with special care. Each coin is placed in
a protective capsule, packaged in a premium gift box.
Honor the brave men and women of the United States Marine Corps who
continue to serve our country with valor to this day!
This United States Silver Dollar Commemorative Proof Coin makes a great collectible numismatic gift for yourself and/or someone you know.
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