The United States Mint has opened the sales of both the 2018 World War I Centennial Silver dollar coin, as well at the companion silver medal sets that accompany the coin's release this year.The 2018 World War I commemorative Silver dollar coin was designed by Utah Based artist LeRoy Transfield and the sculpted by former US Mint Chief Engraver Don Everhart. The coin is intended to commemorate the centennial of America’s involvement in World War I and honor the more than 4 million American men and women who served, both their country and the cause of freedom around the world in all branches of service during “the great war”.
The coin's obverse design is entitled “Soldier's Charge” and depicts a very stoic image of a soldier gripping a rifle. Twisted twines of barbed wire transect the lower right-hand side of the design. Inscriptions read “LIBERTY” and “IN GOD WE TRUST” with the dates “1918” and “2018” appearing to the lower left of the coin.The reverse in turn in entitled “Poppies in the Wire” and which continues the barbed wire design that started ion the obverse. This time though it is in the background and contrasted by an array of wild Flanders poppies mixed in the foreground. The reverse legend reads : “ONE DOLLAR”, “E PLURIBUS UNUM” and “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.” The coin bears the “P” mint mark for the Philadelphia mint.
The Coin is available to order in both proof and uncirculated versions, with a maximum mintage of 350 000 coins across all product options. The Mint is releasing the coin at an introductory price of $51.95 for the proof version and $48.95 for the uncirculated coin. Both the proof and uncirculated versions will be shipped in a black velvet lined, US Mint branded, clam shell-style presentation box with accompanying certificate of authenticity.
The introductory price will last until February 20, 2018, at 3 p.m. ET, after which the regular price of $56.95 for the proof coin and $53.95 for the uncirculated version will take effect. There is no order limit on this coin.The price of each coin includes a $10 surcharge, which is authorised by law to be paid to the
United States Foundation for the Commemoration of the World Wars. The funds raised from the surcharge is set to facilitate the construction of a new National World War I Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Memorial, which was authorised by Congress in 2014, will be located at Pershing Park, on Pennsylvania Avenue NW and 14th Street NW, a block from the White House.
In addition to the silver Dollar coins, the mint is also releasing five companion medal sets. Each set contains two pieces. The 2018 World War I Centennial Silver Dollar coin as well as a specially designed silver medal, representative of each of the five branches of the US Military that were involved in World War I. Both The coin and medal are struck from .900 fineness silver and measure 1.5 inches or 38.1 mm each.