2011 $5 Medal of Honor Commemorative Proof Gold Coin

Celebrating 150 years since the establishment of the first Medal of Honor and its recipients since then, the United States Mint will strike the 2011 $5 Medal of Honor Commemorative Proof Gold Coin in 2011.

2011 $5 Medal of Honor Commemorative Proof Gold Coin (US Mint images)

Mintage: 100,000 maximum across all product options
Final Mintage: tbd
Authorizing Coin Law
U.S. Mint Online Site


The Navy Medal of Honor was the first Medal of Honor to be created in 1861. It was followed by the Army Medal of Honor in 1862 and the Air Force Medal of Honor in 1956. Since their creation, fewer than 3,500 have been awarded to deserving members of the United States Armed Forces.

The Medal of Honor is given by the President of the United States in the name of Congress to a member of the Armed Forces who have distinguished themselves at great personal risk above the call of duty while engaged in operations against belligerent forces.

2011 Medal of Honor Commemorative Coins

Four different Medal of Honor Commemorative Coins will be struck by the US Mint in 2011. Those four are:

  • 2011 $5 Medal of Honor Commemorative Proof Gold Coin
  • 2011 $5 Medal of Honor Commemorative Uncirculated Gold Coin
  • 2011 Medal of Honor Commemorative Proof Silver Dollar
  • 2011 Medal of Honor Commemorative Uncirculated Silver Dollar

Surcharges raised by the sale of each coin will be forwarded to the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation to help continue the missions the foundation have set forth.

Issue Information

A maximum mintage of 100,000 Medal of Honor Gold Coins will be struck in either proof or uncirculated condition from 90% gold to the diameter of 0.850 inches with a weight of 8.359 grams.

Release Date

The Proof Medal of Honor Gold Coins were released for sale on February 25, 2011.

Issue Price

The US Mint charged an introductory price of $449.95 per proof coin with the standard price of $454.95 set to take effect on March 28, 2011, at 5:00 p.m. ET.

U.S. Mint Production Facility

The Proof Medal of Honor $5 Gold Coins were struck at the US Mint’s facility in West Point.

Designer & Sculptor

The authorizing legislation requires that each coin:

"be emblematic of the traditions, legacy, and heritage of the Medal of Honor, and the distinguished service of its recipients in the Nation’s history."

and that they:

"contain motifs that represent the 3 Medal of Honor designs (Army, Navy, and Air Force) and specifically honor the Medal of Honor recipients of both today and yesterday, such designs to be consistent with the traditions and heritage of the United States Armed Services, the mission and goals of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, and the mission and goals of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation."

Accordingly, the obverse of the Gold Medal of Honor Coin shows an image of the original 1861 Navy Medal of Honor and was designed and sculpted by Joseph Menna.

The reverse shows Minerva flanked by a Civil War era cannon and a wheel. It was designed by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Michael Gaudioso.

Coin Specifications

Face Value: $5
Finish: Proof
Composition: 90% gold, 10% alloy
Standard Weight: 8.359 g
Standard Diameter: 0.850 inches
Edge: Reeded

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