Marines are landing — on silver dollars

USMC gets coin(ed): Marines are landing — on silver dollars – May. 26, 2005.

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) – On the eve of Memorial Day, the U.S. Mint is remembering America’s fighting men and women.

Wednesday in Philadelphia, Mint director Henrietta Holsman Fore led the ceremonial first strike of a new series of commemorative coin: a silver dollar honoring the U.S. Marine Corps. The piece will be minted at the Philadelphia facility, and is scheduled for release this summer.

The front of the coin features an engraving modeled on Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal’s picture of victorious Marines raising the U.S. flag after the battle of Iwo Jima. …

The back side of the coin bears the Marine Corps insignia and the words "Semper Fidelis" (Always Faithful), the Corps motto.

"The coin design is simple and heroic," said Fore in a statement. "The Iwo Jima image is the storied symbol of the Marine Corps’ heroism, courage, strength and versatility. It exemplifies Semper Fidelis to an appreciative nation every day around the world."…

The price of the new Marines coin was not announced, but profits from the sale of each dollar will help pay for the creation of a National Museum of the Marine Corps at Quantico, Virginia.

More info on military unit coining, though not with silver dollars that’ll no doubt retail for more than the $35 the article suggests.