As the nation was in solemn remembrance of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and on an airline flight that crashed in a rural Pennsylvania field when its passengers fought back, collectors were buying the silver one-ounce National Medal.
As of Sept. 12, the medal struck at West Point passed the 100,000 mark to reach 101,259.
The Philadelphia medal passed the 60,000 mark at 60,269.
Despite the mintmark being the only difference between the medals, collectors have shown a marked preference for the West Point piece.
The medals are struck on the same planchet as the silver American Eagle coins, and at $66.95 each, are $1.50 less expensive.
The Mint describes the medal as depicting Lady Liberty holding up the Lamp of Remembrance. Behind her are beacons of light stretching skyward. Liberty, the lamp and the light symbolize not just the immeasurable loss on that fateful day, but also the resiliency and triumph of those who persevered. Inscriptions are ALWAYS REMEMBER and 2001-2011.
Visit the Mint’s website at www.usmint.gov for more information.