World War I – known at the time as the “The Great War” and “The War to End All Wars” – came to an end 100 years ago in 1918. The war started in 1914 in Europe, but the U.S. was neutral until it joined the Allies in 1917 – and helped bring the war to a rapid conclusion. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the U.S. Mint issued a one-time-only commemorative silver dollar and a series of five World War I Centennial silver medals that pay homage to each of the five branches of the U.S. armed forces active in the war.
As a special celebration of the war’s 100th anniversary, each silver medal was paired with the silver dollar and presented in an official U.S. Mint display case. But each two-piece set was a limited edition of only 100,000 … and they quickly SOLD OUT at the mint. This could be your only chance to own these sets!
The silver dollar is struck in 90% silver and at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia; it depicts a World War I soldier on the obverse and a poppies and barbed wire (symbols of the war) on the reverse.
Each silver medal is the same size and same 90% silver composition as the silver dollar.
The design of each medal includes the phrase “Over There,” which was popular in the war years to support the troops fighting overseas.
The silver dollar and silver medal in each set are struck as proofs, the highest quality available from the U.S. Mint.
Each set comes in the original U.S. Mint packaging.
The five World War I silver dollar and silver medal sets are:
Air Service - The obverse features a SPAD XIII fighter used in the war, while the reverse is the Military Aviator insignia. Struck at the U.S. Mint in Denver.
Army - Depicts soldiers in the trenches on the Western Front, with the Army emblem on the reverse. Struck at the U.S. Mint in West Point.
Coast Guard - The design shows a Coast Guard rescue effort during the war; the reverse is the Coast Guard emblem. Struck at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia.
Marines - The obverse honors a famous Marine Corps victory at the Battle of Belleau Wood, with the Marine Corps emblem on the reverse. Struck at the U.S. Mint in San Francisco.
Navy - A U.S. Navy destroyer is on the obverse, while the reverse is a Navy officer’s cap device. Struck at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia.