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Infantry grads get silver dollars

The day after the U.S. Mint began selling the new Infantry commemorative silver dollar, almost 200 of the new coins were given to members of the 198th Infantry Brigade’s F Company, Second Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment at Fort Benning’s parade field for their graduation.

Speaking at the Feb. 17 Columbus, Ga., ceremony was B.B. Craig, the U.S. Mint associate director for sales and marketing.

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“U.S. Army Infantry soldiers represent the highest American ideals of citizenship, and our hope is that this Infantry Soldier silver dollar will connect Americans to those ideals – courage, pride, sacrifice, sense of duty and the history of the Infantry,” he said.

The coins were given out by active duty and retired command sergeants major, according to the Mint.

Collectors may order them by visiting the Mint’s website at www.usmint.gov, or by telephoning (800) USA-MINT.

Prices are $44.95 for the uncirculated and $49.95 for the proof. There is a $4.95 shipping and handling charge applied to each order.

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