National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Clad Half Dollar

Commemorative Coin Programs

Background

In 2022, the U.S. Mint will release the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Clad Half Dollar as part of the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Coin Program. It honors the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, an institution that commemorates the extraordinary sacrifice of U.S. servicemembers who have been awarded the Purple Heart. The Mint will also strike a $5 gold coin and a silver dollar coin with different designs as part of the program.

On May 28, 1932, 136 World War I veterans became the first recipients of the Purple Heart. Since then, it has been awarded to an estimated 1.8 million servicemen and servicewomen. The Purple Heart is currently awarded to any member of the U.S. Armed Forces who has been wounded or killed by enemy action.

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Recipient Organization: National Purple Heart Honor Mission, Inc.

Surcharges in the amount of $35 for each $5 gold coin sold, $10 for each silver dollar sold, and $5 for each half dollar sold are authorized to be paid to the National Purple Heart Honor Mission, Inc., to support its mission and capital improvements to the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor facilities.

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 (heads) design shows a figure in military fatigues and combat boots using a pair of crutches. The left leg has been amputated from the thigh down. The negative space below shows the missing leg in silhouette. The Purple Heart medal appears behind the figure, and the inscription “ALL GAVE SOME” sits below the composition. The background field has a subtle flag motif.

The reverse (tails) design features a young boy holding the dress cap of an enlisted Marine. The silhouette of a Marine in dress blues stands behind him in negative space, emphasizing the loss that affects the families of Purple Heart recipients. The inscription “SOME GAVE ALL” is featured in the negative space around the boy in the lower half. The obverse’s background field flag motif is repeated.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • IN GOD WE TRUST
  • LIBERTY
  • 2022

Reverse Inscriptions

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

Mint and Mint Mark

Specifications

  • Composition: 8.33% nickel, balance copper
  • Diameter: 1.205 inches
  • Weight: 11.340 grams
  • Mintage Limit: 750,000 across all half dollar clad product options

Artist Information

Obverse Reverse Content last reviewed November 10, 2021

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