August 25, 2017 No Comments
2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of world war 1 (1914-1918), one of the deadliest conflicts in the history of mankind with over 18 million deaths in total. The United States of America, one of the main contributors in ending the war, has revealed plans through the US mint to release 5 silver medals in honour of the 5 divisions of the U.S armed forces that participated in the world war 1 namely, U.S Army, U.S Navy, U.S Air Service, U.S Marines and U.S Coast Guard. This is done hand in hand with the 2018 centennial commemoration of the world war 1.
Individual details on the design of each medal is given below.
- World War I Centennial Army Medal
This medal consists of the emblem of U.S army in the back (tails section) of the medal while the front (heads section) shows a scenario from world war 1 where one soldier tries to cut the barbed wire while his colleague is holding a gun with explosions in the background. The landscape also shows the impact of war such as broken trees.
- World War I Centennial Navy Medal
Since an official emblem of U.S Navy was not available during world war 1, an officer’s cap design is included in the tails section while the heads section shows a destroyer type war ship together with kite balloons above it.
- World War I Centennial Air Service Medal
- World War I Centennial Marine Corps Medal
The emblem used during the world war 1 is depicted in the tail end with the words Battle of Belleau Wood in the design on the heads section. This design portrays a situation after the conclusion of the said battle where one soldier is keeping guard while the other is paying respect to the fallen heros together with words “Woods now U.S. Marine corps entirely”.
- World War I Centennial Coast Guard Medal
The heads section of this medal shows a coast guard lifeboat with coast guards on their way with a mission to save lives of sailors from a destroyed ship. The tail section shows the world war 1 emblem of the U.S coast guard.
According to the U.S mint, each of the above medals will be made of 90% silver. The design in the front section of each coin is designed by various designers selected from the United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP). These medals will be available as a set together with the world war 1 centennial silver dollar and will not be sold separately.