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2005-P Marine Proof Silver Dollar


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2005-P Marine Proof Silver Dollar

The Marine Silver Dollar includes original box and COA.

The 2005 Marine Corps Silver Dollar was issued to mark the 230th anniversary of the Marines and to honor the Marine Corps and all Marines who have sacrificed and contributed in our Nation’s service. The design, featuring an iconic image of the Marine Corps made the coins a huge success with collectors and the broader public. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each coin ($10) was paid to the United States Marine Corps Heritage Foundation for the purpose of constructing the Marine Corps Heritage Center.

Marine Corps Silver Dollars were minted in proof and uncirculated versions at the Philadelphia Mint. The commemorative coin program was originally authorized by President George W. Bush with a maximum mintage of 500,000 coins, but for the first time, this was increased to 600,000 by authority of the Treasury Secretary.  The coins were a complete sell-out, and the final mintage figure for the Proof version was 548,810.  They became available to order on July 20, 2005, and by September 21, 2005, all the coins had been purchased.

The obverse of 2005 Marine Corps Silver Dollar features the famous scene of Marines raising an American Flag over Iwo Jima that was photographed by Joe Rosenthal. The inscriptions include “Liberty”, “In God We Trust”, “Marines”, and the anniversary dates “1775” and “2005”.  2005 and the artist’s initials are both placed within the rock outcropping that is the summit of Mount Suribachi. The obverse was modeled by Norman E. Nemeth based on the photograph.

The reverse features the emblem of the Marine Corps, featuring an eagle, globe, and antique anchor. The eagle represents our nations, the globe represents worldwide service and the anchor represents naval traditions.  The inscriptions on the 2005 Marine Corps Silver Dollar include “United States of America”, “E Pluribus Unum”, the Marine Corps motto “Semper Fidelis” (Always Faithful), and the denomination “One Dollar”.  The coin’s mintmark is beneath the motto. Two arcs of stars totaling thirteen in all are arranged around the border, and the designer’s initials appear below the globe. The reverse was modeled by Charles Vickers.

The motto of the United States Marine Corps is Semper fidelis, a Latin phrase that means “always faithful” or “always loyal”.  It is typically shortened to Semper Fi.  “Semper fidelis” signifies the dedication and loyalty that individual Marines have for ‘Corps and Country’, even after leaving service.  “Once a Marine – always a Marine” – there is no such thing as an ex-Marine.

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