American Veterans Medal

Medals
  • Year of Issue: 2019
  • Authorizing Legislation: 31 U.S.C. § 5111(a)(2)
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Background

The American Veterans Medal honors veterans who served in all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. The U.S. Mint issued the American Veterans Silver Medal in 2019 in conjunction with the American Legion 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Program. The Mint later released a bronze version.

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Characteristics

The obverse design portrays a bald eagle spreading its wings as it prepares for flight, suggesting the initiative, determination, and personal courage required by those who choose to serve in our nation’s Armed Forces. The five stars represent the five branches of the U.S. Armed Services.

The reverse design depicts a field of stars symbolizing all American veterans – past, present, and future. A lone incused star below the field represents the veteran who has made the ultimate sacrifice in defending our country. The absence of this star in the field conveys the supreme sense of loss to the nation.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • HONORING AMERICA’S VETERANS

Reverse Inscriptions

  • SERVICE AND SACRIFICE

Mint and Mint Mark

Specifications

The American Veterans Medal has a matte finish. The medal does not have a mint mark.

Silver Medal:

  • Composition: 99.9% silver
  • Diameter: 1.500 inches (38.10 mm)
  • Weight: 26.730 grams

Bronze Medal:

  • Composition: 95% copper, 5% zinc
  • Diameter: 1.500 inches (38.10 mm)

Artist Information

Obverse Reverse Content last reviewed December 6, 2022