Korean War Memorial Dollar

Commemorative Coin Programs

Background

Released on May 6, 1991, this silver dollar commemorated the thirty-eighth anniversary of the ending of the Korean War and in honor of those who served.

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Recipient Organization: Korean War Veterans Memorial Fund

Surcharges collected from coin sales were to be deposited into the Korean War Veterans Memorial Fund and be used to:
  • Establish and erect the Korean War Veterans Memorial in the Nation's capital to honor those who served.
  • Provide maintenance and perpetual care for the memorial and to establish interpretive centers and disseminate information.
Any excess funds were to be donated to the National Park Service for maintenance of memorials under its jurisdiction and authorized by Congress during the 20th century relating to the commemoration of military conflicts in which the United States was involved.

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.

Characteristics

The obverse design of the coin features a military figure charging up a hill. There are naval ships in the foreground, an F-86 aircraft flying over head, and eight stars.

The reverse of the coin features a design of a map of Korea divided at the 38th Parallel and a bust of the American bald eagle.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • THIRTY EIGHTH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE
  • KOREA
  • IN GOD WE TRUST
  • 1953
  • 1991
  • LIBERTY

Reverse Inscriptions

  • ONE DOLLAR
  • E PLURIBUS UNUM
  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Mint and Mint Mark

Artist Information

Obverse
  • Designer: John Mercanti
Reverse
  • Designer: T. James Ferrell

Related Information

Content last reviewed December 12, 2016

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