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Appreciation for U.S. heroes can be seen in parades, parties, monuments, and, yes even coins.
There are many coins which commemorate and honor our nation’s military heroes.
Here’s everything you want to know about U.S. commemorative military coins…
Types of U.S. Military Coins
Generally speaking, the United States uses commemorative military coins to honor military personnel and military events.
These commemorative military coins come in the form of half dollars, silver dollars, and 5 dollar gold coins.
Commemorative Military Coin Values
Let’s take a look at a list of some commemorative military coins and their values:
- 1925 Stone Mountain Memorial half dollar (honors Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson): $50-80 (Extremely Fine to Mint State-63)
- 1936 Battle of Gettysburg half dollar: $370 to $450 (Extremely Fine to Mint State-63)
- 1937 Battle of Antietam half dollar: $575 to $700 (Extremely Fine to Mint State-63)
- 1990 General Dwight D. Eisenhower Centennial silver dollar: $17 to $20
- 1991 Korean War silver dollar 38th Anniversary of the End of the Korean War: $17 to $20
- 1991 United Service Organizations (USO) silver dollar: $17 to $20
- 1993 50th Anniversary of World War II half dollar: $18 to $22
- 1993 50th Anniversary of World War II silver dollar: $23 to $25 (uncirculated); $35 to $38 (proof)
- 1993 50th Anniversary of World War II $5 gold coin: $300 to $400 (uncirculated); $280 to $350 (proof)
- 1994 10th Anniversary of Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. silver dollar: $60 to $70
- 1994 Tribute to American Prisoners of War (POW) silver dollar: $62 to $67 (uncirculated); $42 to $45 (proof)
- 1995 Civil War Battlefields Preservation half dollar: $40 to $45 (uncirculated); $32 to $35 (proof)
- 1995 Civil War Battlefields Preservation silver dollar: $60 to $65
- 1995 Civil War Battlefields Preservation $5 gold coin: $650 to $700 (uncirculated); $350 to $360 (proof)
- 1998 Black Revolutionary War Patriots silver dollar: $140 to $145 (uncirculated); $90 to $95 (proof)
- 2002 West Point Bicentennial silver dollar: $18 to $23
- 2005 Marine Corps silver dollar: $37 to $43
While these coins are commemorative military coins which are not intended for circulation, they are legal tender. In fact, some commemorative military coins can be found in worn condition — especially those from the earlier 20th century (like the Stone Mountain half dollar).
Commemorative military coins made since 1982 are almost always found in either proof or uncirculated grades.
Where To Find Miltary Coins
If you are interested in purchasing military themed coins, you will want to visit your local coin dealer or shop around online. Many coin dealers offer a wide variety of commemorative military coins.
Commemorative military coins make great gifts for those you know and love who have served our nation. Consider commemorative military coins as gifts for occasions like birthdays, Christmas, Memorial Day, and Veteran’s Day.
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