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The U.S. Marshals Service was formed when President George Washington signed the Judiciary Act into law in 1789, making it the oldest federal law enforcement agency in the country. Now, 225 years later, the U.S. Marshals continue with the same principles of justice, integrity, and service. In 2015 the United States Mint chose to honor the U.S. Marshals Service with three distinct coins that commemorate the 225th anniversary of the establishment of the Marshals.
The U.S. Marshals Service commemorative coins are something of a modern marvel. They absolutely shine with brilliance due to their minting process. The incredible designs represent the legendary role that the U.S. Marshals Service had in the Old West, and pays tribute to the servicemen who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.
These coins are presented in three denominations and three metal compositions. The half dollar is a copper-nickel clad composition, the one dollar is struck in 90% silver, and the five dollar is struck in 90% gold. Additionally these commemorative coins are struck in two different finishes (proof and uncirculated) in four different U.S. Mint facilities – the proof coins were struck in San Francisco and West Point, and the uncirculated coins were struck in Philadelphia and Denver. Furthermore, these amazing coins are backed by the U.S. government to be legal tender and are guaranteed for their weight and purity.
Each denomination is presented with its own stunning design. The half dollar coin depicts an Old West scene with a U.S. Marshal and his horse in the upper left-hand side, and a modern female U.S. Marshal wearing tactical gear in the lower right of the obverse. The reverse features Lady Justice holding the scale of justice in her left hand and the U.S. Marshals Service star in her right hand. The one dollar coin depicts the U.S. Marshals Service star with a silhouette of deputies riding on horseback to pursue an outlaw on the obverse, while the reverse depicts a frontier Marshal holding a “WANTED” sign, leaning against a fence post. The inscriptions – Justice - Integrity – Service – surround this design. And lastly the five dollar coin features the U.S. Marshals Service star with a mountain range in the background on the obverse. The inscription “225 YEARS OF SACRIFICE” is located on the bottom. The reverse depicts an eagle holding an American flag. A shield with the inscription, “U.S. MARSHAL” is located on the chest of the eagle.
Four people were involved in the designing and engraving of each coin. For example, the half dollar proof coin, which was struck in San Francisco, included the involvement of Joel Iskowitz for the design of the obverse, Michael Gaudioso for the engraving of the obverse, Susan Gamble for the design of the reverse, and Phebe Hemphill for the engraving of the reverse. The dollar coin included the involvement of Richard Masters for the design of the obverse, Charles Vickers for the engraving of the obverse, Frank Morris for the design of the reverse, and Joseph Menna for the engraving of the reverse.
Now, these incredible works of art are available with the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) certification to provide further level of collectability. These coins are available in two grades – 69 and 70 – and in a wide range of labels, including the West Point Star Label, Wyatt Earp Label, and the highly collectible First Day of Issue Label. By rules and regulations that govern the coin certification industry, the NGC labels provide further guarantee of the coin's weight, purity, and overall quality. For the coins that are certified as Proof 69 Ultra Cameo or Mint State 69 grades, the NGC guarantees that these coins are a hairline away from perfection. For the coins that are certified at Proof 70 Ultra Cameo or Mint State 70 grades, the NGC guarantees that these coins have no post-production imperfections at 5x magnification.
These coins present a rare opportunity to view superb engraving skills of the United States Mint and showcase the use of multiple finishes that further display the combined craftsmanship and artistry which have produced these stunning designs. Since their release, these coins have quickly gained popularity. To obtain these coins is a challenge, as they are sold out almost everywhere. These coins are a perfect gift for any American history fan, a true numismatic enthusiast, or just someone who enjoys beauty.
||Oleg Zamansky is the President and CEO of Coin Maestro, LLC and is an expert in foreign coins, paper money, medals, and sets. Oleg's coin career started in 1983 when his great-grandmother gave him his first foreign coin - 1 Israeli Shequel and ever since, his numismatic journey began. According to Mr. Zamansky, "Due to frequent volatile markets, people need to secure their investments and numismatics is the best way. Coin collecting is the most educating, investment protective business today, and also quite fun." Mr. Zamansky graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2001, became a partner at RINA Systems, LLC in 2005, and holds a 3rd degree black belt in Tae-Kwon-Do. Today, he is a member of the American Numismatic Association and the Numismatic Guarantee Corporation. Currently, Mr. Zamansky resides with his family in Cincinnati, Ohio and is a contributing writer for ModernCoinMart. His thoughts and opinions may not be shared with MCM or its staff.|