New commemorative silver dollar recognizes World War I centennial


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The World War I centennial year has arrived. There are a number of events planned in Europe to commemorate military campaigns and battles in the months ahead. In the meantime, VA and many federal agencies will continue to participate in planning for Nov. 11, 2018 — the 100th anniversary of the armistice bringing World War I to an end.

WWI Commemorative CoinIn our partnership with the World War I Centennial program, U.S. Mint is issuing a World War I Centennial silver dollar. The coin, and its companion silver medals, will be available to purchase at noon Eastern Time, on Wednesday, Jan. 17.

The U.S. Mint coin and medals are a tangible way to be part of the centennial. They honor the 4.7 million American men and women who served during the war, and they help to support WWI education and commemorative programs.

VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin served as a keynote speaker at the groundbreaking ceremony for the National World War I Memorial on Nov. 9, 2017.  The memorial will be built in Pershing Park, Washington D.C., near the White House. Funds for the memorial are being privately raised.

To learn more about the World War I Centennial and activities taking place, please visit http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/.


About the author: Joe Curtin, an Army Veteran, is the director of VA’s National Veterans Outreach Office. The National Veterans Outreach Office leads, coordinates and reports outreach program activities and communications throughout VA to increase Veterans’ awareness of VA’s healthcare, benefits and services, as well as how to apply for them.

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Comments

  1. John C. Davidson    

    Finally, a better reason for me to pass at those coins to those who treat me with respect.

  2. Dorinda Lovell    

    I would love to donate to this project and also present information to my DAR Chapter in Rockwall, Texas.
    My grandfather served in the Navy during WW1 and I inherited his scrapbook but it is deteriorating rapidly.

  3. Robert Bullock    

    Thank you for your hard work and sincere dedication to our veterans of WWI with the memorial and new Silver Dollars.
    Would like to purchase these coins when available.
    Please provide a point of contact for these beautifully designed coins.
    Thank you.
    Robert Bullock

  4. Robert Bullock    

    Great work.
    Thank you for providing the memorial and beautiful Silver dollar coins to the public.
    I appreciate your hard work and dedication to the veterans of WWI.
    Can you provide a point of contact for the purchase if these coins?
    Thank you.
    Robert Bullock

  5. Bruce Freeman    

    I am a 100% service-connected disabled Vietnam era veteran, Can I get the set of silver dollars at a reduced rate than is offered to the public?

  6. Mark Fulco    

    I am shocked that the design of the WWI coin is not only terrible, but not accurate with the soldier’s helmet. Who chooses these designs? Obviously people who have no idea what the helmet worn during the period looks like, no where near the real helmet. The other helmet seen in this article is accurate! I hope they do not produce these coins until they fix the helmet. Now the poppies and barbed wire: Really? Really! That’s the best the “artist” chose to come up with?! The judges should have their heads examined! Was there a real designer or artist on this panel? Not buying this coin!

  7. Eric Stechmann    

    Please fix the grotesque inaccuracies on the top shown coin before you mint. The face looks cartoonish and the doughboy helmet is COMPLETELY OFF. I’ll let you borrow my original equipment so you can get it right. You can consider 100% of era soldiers to be RIGHT HANDED not left. Please don’t embarrass yourself name this legacy. Contact me if you need an advisor. Details matter.

  8. Eric Stechmann    

    Please fix the grotesque inaccuracies on the top shown coin before you mint. The face looks cartoonish and the doughboy helmet is COMPLETELY OFF. I’ll let you borrow my original equipment so you can get it right. You can consider 100% of era soldiers to be RIGHT HANDED not left. Please don’t embarrass this legacy. Contact me if you need an advisor. Details matter.

  9. George W. Martin    

    How do you purchase these coins?? George W. Martin Cheraw, SC

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