The United States Mint recently concluded their offering of American Veterans Disabled for Life Silver Dollars. This was one of two commemorative coin programs authorized by Congress for 2010.
Under Public Law 110-277, up to 350,000 of the silver dollars could be issued during the calendar year beginning January 1, 2010. The designs were to be “emblematic of the service of our disabled veterans who, having survived the ordeal of war, made enormous personal sacrifices defending the principles of our democracy.” Each coin would have a composition of 90% silver and 10% copper, with a diameter of 1.5 inches and weight of 26.73 grams.
The Secretary of the Treasury selected designs for the 2010 American Veterans Disabled for Life Silver Dollar, following consultation with the Disabled Veterans’ LIFE Memorial Foundation, the Commission of Fine Arts, and review by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee. The obverse features the legs and boots of veterans with a pair of crutches visible and the inscription “They Stood Up For Us”. The reverse includes a wreath of oak leaves, with a ribbon intertwined and a forget-me-not flower at the base. A central inscription reads, “Take This Moment to Honor Our Disabled Defenders of Freedom”.
The obverse was designed and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart. The reverse was designed by US Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Thomas Cleveland and sculpted by Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna.
Sales of the Disabled Veterans Silver Dollars began on February 25, 2010. Prices were $33.95 for uncirculated coins and $39.95 for proof coins under introductory pricing. After March 29, 2010, regular pricing of $35.95 and $43.95 went into effect. Sales officially concluded on December 13, 2010.
Under the authorizing legislation, a surcharge of $10 included in the price of each coin will be distributed to the Disabled Veterans’ LIFE Memorial Foundation for the purpose of establishing an endowment to support construction of a memorial in Washington, D.C. Based on the last reported sales of 189,881 proof coins and 77,859 uncirculated coins, the total surcharges to be distributed are nearly $2.7 million.