2011 United States Army Commemorative Proof Half Dollar Coin

One of six coins scheduled to be struck by the US Mint in 2011 to honor the first branch of the United States Armed Forces is the 2011 United States Army Commemorative Proof Half Dollar Coin.

2011 United States Army Commemorative Proof Half Dollar Coin (US Mint images)

Mintage: 750,000 maximum across all product options
Final Mintage: tbd
Authorizing Coin Law
U.S. Mint Online Site


Established by the Continental Congress in 1775 shortly before the Revolutionary War, the United States Army has served the nation ever since. Unfortunately, even though in operation for over two centuries, a museum was never created to honor the branch or those who served in it.

That omission is about to be corrected with the opening of the National Museum of the United States Army in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Surcharges raised by the selling of these coins will be forwarded to the Army Historical Foundation for the construction and maintenance of the Museum due to be open in 2015.

2011 US Army Commemorative Coins

A total of six United States Army Commemorative Coins will be struck by the US Mint in 2011. Those coins are:

  • 2011 $5 United States Army Commemorative Proof Gold Coin
  • 2011 $5 United States Army Commemorative Uncirculated Gold Coin
  • 2011 United States Army Commemorative Proof Silver Dollar
  • 2011 United States Army Commemorative Uncirculated Silver Dollar
  • 2011 United States Army Commemorative Proof Half Dollar Coin
  • 2011 United States Army Commemorative Uncirculated Half Dollar Coin

The US Mint will strike a maximum of 100,000 $5 gold coins, 500,000 silver dollars, and 750,000 half dollars, as authorized by the law that created them.

Issue Information

Each US Army Proof Clad Half Dollar will be struck to a diameter of 1.205 inches with a weight of 11.34 grams.

Release Date

The US Mint released the Clad Army Coins on January 31, 2011.

Issue Price

The Army Clad Proof Coins initially sold for $17.95 and went up to $21.95 on March 2, 2011, at 5:00 p.m. ET.

U.S. Mint Production Facility

The Clad Proof US Army Coins were struck at the US Mint’s facility in San Francisco.

Designer / Sculptor / Engraver

The authorizing legislation requires that each coin:

"be emblematic of the traditions, history, and heritage of the United States Army, and its role in American society from the Colonial period to today."

and that they:

"contain motifs that specifically honor the American soldier of both today and yesterday, in wartime and in peace, such designs to be consistent with the traditions and heritage of the United States Army, the mission and goals of the National Museum of the United States Army, and the missions and goals of the Foundation."

Donna Weaver designed the obverse of the coin to show three different images of the US Army service in peace-time. It was sculpted by Charles Vickers.

The reverse shows a Continental Soldier depicting the Army as the first service to defend the country. It was designed by Thomas Cleveland and sculpted by Joseph Menna.

Coin Specifications

Face Value: $.50
Finish: Proof
Composition: 91.67% Copper, 8.33% Nickel
Standard Weight: 11.340 grams
Standard Diameter: 1.205 inches
Edge: Reeded

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