On August 22, 2009, the United States Mint unveiled the designs for the 2010 Disabled Veterans Silver Dollar. The coins will be issued under Public Law 110-277, the American Veterans Disabled for Life Commemorative Coin Act.
Under the Act, the coin designs are intended to be emblematic of the service of disabled veterans who made enormous personal sacrifices defending the principals of democracy. Proposed designs were previously reviewed by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee and Commission of Fine Arts. The final selection was approved by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on July 30, 2009, but had not been made public until this past weekend.
The obverse design features the legs and boots of three disabled veterans. The inscriptions read “They Stood Up For Us”, “In God We Trust”, “Liberty”, and the date “2010”. The obverse was designed and sculpted by Don Everhart.
The reverse design features the central inscription “Take This Moment to Honor Our Disabled Defenders of Freedom”. An oak branch and ribbon wreath surround the words, with a forget-me-not flower at the base of the wreath. Additional inscriptions include “United States of America”, “E Pluribus Unum”, and the denomination “One Dollar”. The reverse was designed by Thomas Cleveland and sculpted by Norman E. Nemeth.
The 2010 American Veterans Disabled for Life Silver Dollars have a maximum authorized mintage of 350,000. The coins will be minted at the West Point Mint and will be offered in proof or uncirculated versions. Surcharges added to the purchase price of each coin will be paid to Disabled Veterans’ LIFE Memorial Foundation for the Life Memorial in Washington, DC.