The new silver coin honoring Disabled American Veterans is more than just a keepsake. A portion of its proceeds will be used to construct the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in Washington, D.C.
And the funds are already coming in.
During the 2010 American Veterans Disabled for Life commemorative’s first week of sales, collectors bought 66,209 proof silver $1 coins and 32,149 uncirculated silver $1 coins.
The coin will only be issued in 2010 and has a maximum mintage of 350,000.
The first commemorative coin issued in 2010 was officially released Feb. 25 at a reception at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington.
“The coin is a reminder forever of the brave servicemen and women who risked, and continue to risk, their lives in defense of our country’s liberty,” said Arthur Wilson, DAV national adjutant and president of the Disabled Veterans’ LIFE Memorial Foundation. which hosted the launch ceremony. “Each coin sold brings us one step closer to building a permanent, national memorial to disabled veterans.”
A $10 surcharge is authorized to go directly to aid in the construction of the memorial. It will be the first in Washington, D.C. dedicated to living disabled veterans across all service branches and all areas of conflict.
Each dollar is struck from 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper and features an image of the legs of three veterans on the obverse of the coin along with the inscription “THEY STOOD UP FOR US.” The reverse shows a wreath of oak branches with a forget-me-not flower at its base. Inside the wreath is the inscription, “Take This Moment to Honor Our Disabled Defenders of Freedom.”
Both proof and uncirculated versions of the coin weigh 26.73 grams and measure 1.5 inches in diameter.
The United States Mint is offering a special introductory price of $39.95 for a proof coin and $33.95 for an uncirculated coin until March 29. After March 29, the proof coin will cost $43.95 and the uncirculated coin will cost $35.95. Shipping and handling charges are additional.
To purchase a 2010 American Veterans Disabled for Life Silver Dollar, visit www.usmint.gov, or call 1-800-USA-MINT.
Among those attending the launch reception were former Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony Principi, U.S. Mint Director Ed Moy, Sen. Tim Johnson (D: South Dakota), National Commander of the Disabled American Veterans Bobby Barrera, co-Founder and chairman of the Disabled Veterans’ LIFE Memorial Foundation Lois Pope and President and CEO of TriWest Healthcare Alliance David McIntyre.