The United States Mint will open sales for the U.S. Navy Bronze Medal on Tuesday, August 8 at noon EDT. This is the bronze version of the U.S. Navy Silver Medal issued through the United States Armed Forces Silver Medal Series that honors the proud history and unique traditions of each branch of the Armed Forces.
Like its silver counterpart, designs featured on this medal are emblematic of the history and mission of the U.S. Navy. The obverse depicts the U.S. Navy destroyer John Paul Jones cutting through the water while USS Constitution sails behind it. An F-18 Hornet formation flies by, leaving smoke trails in the sky, paying honor to both ships. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES NAVY” and “DON’T GIVE UP THE SHIP,” the latter spoken by mortally wounded Commander James Lawrence to his crew on USS Chesapeake during the War of 1812. United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Designer Donna Weaver created the design, which was sculpted by United States Mint Medallic Artist Jay M. Kushwara.
The reverse features a line of sailors manning the rail while the American flag flies in the background. The inscriptions are the Navy’s core values, “HONOR,” “COURAGE,” and “COMMITMENT.” AIP Designer Steve Ferris created the design, which was sculpted by Medallic Artist John P. McGraw.
The medals in the Armed Forces Bronze Medal Program are 1.5 inches in diameter and are struck in 95 percent copper and five percent zinc.
The U.S. Navy Bronze Medal is priced at $20. To set up a “Remind Me” alert for this product, visit catalog.usmint.gov/us-navy-bronze-medal-MNVS.html (product code MNVS). To view the Mint’s complete portfolio of medals, please visit catalog.usmint.gov/shop/medals.
Anticipated future releases in the Armed Forces Silver Medal Program include the U.S. Marine Corps 1.5-inch Bronze Medal, and the U.S. Marine Corps One Ounce Silver Medal.
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The U.S. Mint was created by Congress in 1792 and became part of the Department of the Treasury in 1873. It is the Nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage and is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce.
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