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My Coast Guard
Commentary | Aug. 31, 2021

U.S. Mint commemorates Coast Guard with silver medal

By Nicole Bertrand, MyCG Writer


The U.S. Coast Guard has been honored with a commemorative silver medal from the U.S. Mint, released Aug. 17, 2021. This is a limited release by the Bureau of the Mint, with only 10,000 medals made. 

This project began in April 2018 and took six months. It has come to fruition through a collaborative effort between the Bureau, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (made up of artists from around the country), and the Coast Guard Advisory Team, which was led by Scott Price, chief historian of the Coast Guard.  

“History matters! I was thrilled to be asked to take part in the design process and appreciated the Bureau’s recognition of how important history is to our service. I enjoyed collaborating with them on our World War I Commemorative Medal and once again on their newest design,” Price said.

As part of the creation process, different designs were presented and the Coast Guard Advisory Team consulted with Bureau officials and gave them their top choices. Once final selections were made, the Coast Guard Advisory Team assisted in making sure all the technical details of the design were accurate. 

The front side of the medal depicts the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton at full speed ahead. “Semper Paratus” is etched around the coin. On the back are a life preserver and the racing stripe mark—almost universally found on all Coast Guard crafts. The Coast Guard emblem appears, as do inscriptions of the Coast Guard’s core values—honor, respect, and devotion to duty. Each medal weighs two and a half ounces.

“From our founding in 1790 through the present, the Coast Guard has stood the watch to protect American shores, waters, and citizens,” said Rear Adm. Megan Dean. “This medal looks solidly forward with a modern National Security Cutter at sea, but also harkens back to our rich history as the oldest continuous sea service. We appreciate the U.S. Mint’s initiative to highlight the women and men who serve our nation in the U.S. Armed Forces.”

The U.S. Coast Guard Silver Medal is part of the U.S. Armed Forces Silver Medals Program, which recognizes and pays homage to the five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces: the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy. 

Previously, the U.S. Mint created the now sold-out World War I Centennial 2018 Silver Dollar and Coast Guard Medal Set.

If you would like to obtain the latest medal, you can do so here. There is the option of including a personal message, as well.