The U.S. Mint Announces 2.5 Ounce Air Force Silver Medal. After postponing its release several times, the U.S. Mint has set Tuesday, July 13 as a specific date. It will be the first of a five-medal series.
The U.S. Mint has announced its first of five collectable products featuring the U.S. Armed Forces. After postponing the release date due to the pandemic, they have set July 13 as a specific date. Rumour has it that the following product of the series will be available around August this year.
This silver medal featuring the Air Force will have a 10,000 mintage at first. Even though there is no current official news on future editions, we believe the popularity of this first one will lead it. The expectation among collectors is increasing, which may mean that the Mint will run out of samples in a short time.
About the 2.5 Ounce Air Force Silver Medal
The 2.5 ounce Air Force silver medal will be the first product of the Armed Forces Silver Medal Program. This first item honours the U.S. Air Force, with origins in 1907. After becoming an independent branch of the United States Armed Forces, the Air Force was officially created by the Armed Forces with the passage of the National Security Act in 1947.
The U.S. Mint has already revealed the specifications of this silver medal. With a 99.9% silver purity, the item will weigh 2.500 troy oz. (around 77.76 grams). It will carry the “P” mintmark, corresponding to the Philadelphia Mint. Its diameter will be 2.000 inches (around 50.8 mm). It will also carry inscriptions on both its reverse and obverse.
This medal will have an image of a fighter jet pilot on the obverse. At the back, two more F-22 fighter jets will be flying through a stylized landscape. In addition, the inscription on the face will read “U.S. Air Force” on the top left side of the fighter’s helmet. This is the result of Paul C. Balan’s design and sculptor Phebe Hemphill work.
The medal will have an image of the three spires of the Air Force Memorial. One of the spires is piercing the border of the medal. Members of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard will also be surrounding the memorial. Around the border, inscriptions of the core values of the Air Force will read “Integrity First”, “Service Before Self”, and “Excellence In All We Do”. Sculptor Phebe Hemphill and designer Jamie Franki are responsible for this image.
Experts say the price of the 2.5 ounce Air Force silver medal will be around U$160. On our side, we hope the entire series has outstanding results, as we are eager to see it grow and release new editions every year. Remember to subscribe to our weekly newsletter to find out more about coins and news on investments.