2005 Marine Corps 230th Anniversary Silver Dollar

The United States Marine Corps, known as the nation's military leader in amphibious warfare, was created on November 10, 1775 by the Continental Congress. To commemorate the 230th Anniversary of the United States Marine Corps and honor the significant contributions all Marines have made defending liberty, the U.S. Mint issued the 2005 Marine Corps 230th Anniversary Silver Dollar in collector proof and uncirculated conditions.

Authorized by the Marine Corps 230th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act ( Public Law 108-291), the $1 coins are struck from 90% silver, with the remaining balance copper. The official launch was at Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA, on July 20, 2005. It was the first time the mint honored a military branch with a commemorative coin.

These special commemorative coins were sold in four different product options. There were the single Proof and Uncirculated coins, and there were two different collector sets. The 2005 United States Mint American Legacy Collection included the proof version of the coin. An uncirculated coin was included in the coin and stamp set that also contained an original un-canceled 1945 three-cent Iwo Jima postage stamp.

All coins and sets were an immediate hit with coin collectors, selling out within about 60 days or less.

 

Marine Corps Coin Images

The Marine Corps Commemorative Silver Dollar images can be enlarged with a click.

2005 Marine Corps Proof Silver Dollar Obverse

2005 Marine Corps Proof Silver Dollar Obverse Coin

2005 Marine Corps Proof Silver Dollar Reverse Coin

2005 Marine Corps Proof Silver Dollar Reverse Coin

2005 Marine Corps Uncirculated Silver Dollar Obverse

2005 Marine Corps Uncirculated Silver Dollar Obverse

2005 Marine Corps Uncirculated Silver Dollar Reverse

2005 Marine Corps Uncirculated Silver Dollar Reverse

 

Designers & Sculptors

Obverse design: The obverse features a rendition of Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal's picture of Marines raising the U.S. flag during the battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. It was designed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Norman E. Nemeth.

Reverse design: The reverse is the Marine Corps eagle, globe and anchor emblem with the Marine motto, "Semper Fidelis" - Latin for "always faithful."

It was done by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Charles L. Vickers.

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Product Information

Release Date: July 20, 2005
Intro Price:

$35- Proof
$33 - Uncirculated
$40 - Marine Corps Coin & Stamp Set
$135 - American Legacy Collection

Mintage Limits: 600,000 max
Sales: 370,000 - Proof
130,000 - Uncirculated
50,000 - Marine Corps Coin & Stamp Set
50,000 - American Legacy Collection
Authorizing Law: Public Law 108-291;
Marine Corps 230th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act

 

Marine Coin Specifications

U.S. Mints: Philadelphia - "P" mint mark
Date: 2005
Denomination: $1
Composition: 90% silver and 10% copper
Standard Weight: 26.730 g
Standard Diameter: 38.10 mm (1.500 inches)
Type of Edge: Reeded

 

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