Designs for 5-Star Generals Commemorative Coins Unveiled

5-Star Generals Commemorative Coins Line-ArtThe United States Mint last week published the designs for the 2013 5-Star Generals Commemorative Coin Program scheduled to be issued next year. Six designs were unveiled which will be featured on the three coins of the program including a $5 gold coin, a silver dollar and a half-dollar clad coin.

These three coins were authorized by Congress under the 5-Star Generals Commemorative Coin Act (Public Law 111-262) which was signed into law on October 8, 2010 by President Barack Obama. All three will be produced to both proof and uncirculated conditions.

Under additional terms of the Act, the three coins are to be struck:

"in recognition of five United States Army 5-Star Generals, George Marshall, Douglas MacArthur, Dwight Eisenhower, Henry ‘Hap’ Arnold, and Omar Bradley, alumni of the United States Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to coincide with the celebration of the 132nd Anniversary of the founding of the United States Army Command and General Staff College"

Surcharge are to be collected on the sale of each coin with proceeds forwarded to the Secretary to the Command and General Staff College Foundation which provides financial support of the Command and General Staff College (CGSC). As with past commemorative coins, the surcharges are set at $35 per gold coin, $10 per silver dollar and $5 per half-dollar coin.

Shown on the obverse of the $5 gold coin will be a portrait of General Douglas MacArthur with the 5-star insignia. It was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Associate Designer Ronald D. Sanders and will be sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Michael Gaudiso.

The reverse of the $5 coin offers a depiction of the Leavenworth Lamp, long seen as the symbol of the CGSC. AIP Master Designer Barbara Fox created the design with United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna to sculpt it.

Each 5-Star Generals Commemorative Silver Dollar will contain the portraits of Generals George C. Marshall and Dwight D. Eisenhower on the obverse as designed by AIP Master Designer Richard Masters. Sculpting duties for the obverse will be completed by Joseph Menna.

Offered on the reverse of the silver dollar will be another depiction of the Leavenworth Lamp as designed by Barbara Fox. Joseph Menna will also execute this reverse.

The Half-Dollar Clad Coin obverse will depict portraits of Generals Henry "Hap" Arnold and Omar N. Bradley. US Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill designed the obverse and will also sculpt it.

The reverse of the half-dollar coin depicts the heraldic crest of Fort Leavenworth. This design was also created by Hemphill and will be executed by her.

Release dates for these coins have not yet been announced by the US Mint. They will be offered as one of two commemorative coin programs to be released by the US Mint in 2013 in addition to the 2013 Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Silver Dollar.

The two 2012 commemorative coin programs released by the US Mint this year included the Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coins and the Infantry Soldier Silver Dollars.

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