2011 $5 Medal of Honor Commemorative Uncirculated Gold Coin

The 2011 $5 Medal of Honor Commemorative Uncirculated Gold Coin will be issued by the US Mint in 2011 to recognize and celebrate 150 years since the Medal of Honor was created and those individuals who have received the medal

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

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


Congress created the Navy Medal of Honor in 1861, following up with the Army Medal of Honor in 1862. Then, in 1956, the Air Force Medal of Honor was established. Since their initial creation 150 years ago, less than 3,500 individuals have received a Medal of Honor.

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

2011 Medal of Honor Commemorative Coins

The United States Mint will strike four different Medal of Honor Coins 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

The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation has been selected to receive the funds raised by surcharges added to the sale of the Medal of Honor Coins. It will use the funds to continue its operations.

Issue Information

Struck from 90% gold to the diameter of 0.850 inches with a weight of 8.359 grams, the US Mint will create a maximum of 100,000 Gold Medal of Honor Coins across all product options.

Release Date

A release date of February 25, 2011 was announced by the US Mint for the Uncirculated Medal of Honor Gold Coins.

Issue Price

The Mint initially sold the strikes for $439.95, with the price set to jump up to $444.95 on March 28, 2011, at 5:00 p.m. ET.

U.S. Mint Production Facility

The Medal of Honor Uncirculated Gold Coins were struck at the US Mint’s facility in Philadelphia.

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."

As such, the obverse of the strike was designed by Joseph Menna to show an image of the original 1861 Navy Medal of Honor.

The reverse was designed by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Michael Gaudioso to show the mythical figure of Minerva with a Civil War era cannon and wheel. She is holding the Union Flag in her left hand and a shield in her right.

Coin Specifications

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

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