The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force that can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. It is presented to a person who distinguishes him or herself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while:
Fewer than 3,500 Medals of Honor have ever been awarded.
The Medal of Honor was first authorized by Congress in 1861 as the Navy's highest personal decoration, with the Army Medal of Honor authorized in 1862 and the Air Force Medal of Honor in 1956. The medals are presented by the President in the name of Congress.
The "Medal of Honor Commemorative Coin Act of 2009," (Public Law 111-91) was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama on November 6, 2009. It authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to mint and issue up to 100,000 gold $5 and up to 500,000 silver $1 coins in recognition and celebration of the establishment of the Medal of Honor in 1861.
The act calls for the designs to be emblematic of the traditions, legacy and heritage of the Medal of Honor and the distinguished service of its recipients.
As authorized, the United States Mint shall produce $5 gold and $1 silver coins in both proof and uncirculated qualities. Surcharges in the amount of $35 for each gold coin and $10 for each silver coin are authorized to be paid to the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.
The foundation assists in perpetuating the legacy of the Medal of Honor by funding programs to promote the ideals of courage, sacrifice, selfless service and patriotism among the American public.
$5 Gold Coin
$1 Silver Coin
|Denomination:||Five Dollar Coin|
|Composition:||90% Gold, 10% alloy|
|Diameter:||0.850 inches (± 0.003) or 21.59. mm (± 0.08)|
|Weight:||8.359 grams nominal|
|Mintage Limit:||100,000 (across all options)|
|Composition:||90% Silver, 10% copper|
|Diameter:||1.500 inches (± 0.003) or 38.10 mm (± 0.08)|
|Weight:||26.730 grams nominal|
|Mintage Limit:||500,000 (across all options)|