Civil War Battlefield Silver Dollar

Commemorative Coin Programs

Background

Released on March 31, 1995, this coin was authorized in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the protection of Civil War battlefields.

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Recipient Organization: Civil War Battlefield Foundation

The surcharges received by the Civil War Battlefield Foundation from the coin sales were to be used for preservation of historically significant Civil War battlefields.

Commemorative Coin Surcharges

Commemorative coin programs are created by acts of Congress to honor a person, place, or event. Surcharges from the sales of these coins help fund a variety of organizations and projects that benefit the public. Commemorative coins are only available from the United States Mint for a limited time, as specified by public law.

Coin Characteristics

The obverse design of the coin features an infantryman raising a canteen to the lips of a wounded foe.

The reverse of the coin features a quotation from Joshua Chamberlain, the college teacher from Maine who became one of the heroes of Gettysburg.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • LIBERTY
  • IN GOD WE TRUST
  • 1995

Reverse Inscriptions

  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
  • E PLURIBUS UNUM
  • ONE DOLLAR
  • IN GREAT DEEDS SOMETHING ABIDES ON GREAT FIELDS SOMETHING STAYS, FORMS CHANGE AND PASS BODIES DISAPPEAR: BUT SPIRITS LINGER TO CONSECRATE GROUND FOR THE VISION PLACE OF SOULS. - JOSHUA CHAMBERLAIN.

Mint and Mint Mark

Artist Information

Obverse
  • Designer: Don Troiani
Reverse
  • Designer: John Mercanti

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Content last reviewed December 12, 2016

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