This article was originally printed in Numismatic News.
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The $1 silver proof was the coin of choice in the first 1 1/2 days of sale of the 2011 Medal of Honor commemorative coins.
The U.S. Mint reported sales of 25,156 $1 silver proof coins, 10,346 $1 silver uncirculated coins, 4,699 $5 gold proof coins and 1,890 $5 gold uncirculated coins from noon Feb. 25 to Feb. 27. The total number of coins sold was 42,091.
The Medal of Honor Commemorative Coin Act of 2009 authorized the bureau to mint and issue a maximum of 100,000 $5 gold coins and 500,000 silver dollars in recognition and celebration of the establishment of the Medal of Honor in 1861. The coins are available in proof and uncirculated qualities.
Pricing for the 2011 Medal of Honor commemorative coins is as follows:
• Proof $5 gold, $454.95
• Uncirculated $5 gold, $444.95
• Proof silver dollar, $59.95
• Uncirculated silver dollar, $54.95
There is a $5 discount on each coin ordered before 5 p.m. ET March 28.
Orders will be accepted at http://www.usmint.gov/catalog or at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). All domestic orders will be assessed a $4.95 fee to cover shipping and handling costs.
Surcharges from the sale of each coin-$35 for each $5 gold coin and $10 for each silver dollar-are authorized to be paid to the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation to help finance its educational, scholarship and outreach programs.