Description and Analysis

Modern Commemoratives
2011 D U.S. ARMY 50C MS

Description & Analysis

The United States Army Commemorative Coin Act of 2008 authorized the mintage of commemorative coins celebrating the founding of the Army in 1775. While the previous two years' commemorative issues only included silver dollar issues, this program authorized not only silver dollars, but $5 gold pieces and clad half dollars as well.

The Act authorized the mintage of up to 750,000 half dollars, 500,000 silver dollars, and 100,000 $5 gold pieces. Surcharges of $5, $10, and $35 per coin were added to each issue, respectively. These surcharges helped raise over $3 million for the construction of the National Museum of the United States Army at Fort Belvoir in Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C.