United States Armed Forces Silver Medal – U.S. Coast Guard

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Background

The U.S. Coast Guard Silver Medal is part of the U.S. Armed Forces Silver Medals Program. The U.S. Coast Guard originated in 1790 as the Revenue Cutters, one of the federal government’s oldest agencies. In peacetime, the Coast Guard operates under the Department of Homeland Security, but in wartime it becomes part of the Armed Forces.

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Characteristics

The obverse depicts a Coast Guard national security cutter at full throttle, speeding head-on toward the viewer. The hull number identifies the cutter Hamilton, named for Alexander Hamilton. The Coast Guard motto "SEMPER PARATUS" (always ready) curves around the top.

The reverse shows two iconic symbols of the Coast Guard, a life preserver ring and the racing stripe mark, which are found on almost all Coast Guard craft. The racing stripes are depicted with a heraldic hatching tradition to indicate color, with horizontal lines indicating the color blue and vertical lines indicating red. The Coast Guard emblem, which is part of the racing stripe mark, is also in the center. Inscribed into the life preserver ring are the Coast Guard's core values.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • U.S. COAST GUARD
  • SEMPER PARATUS (always ready)

Reverse Inscriptions

  • HONOR
  • RESPECT
  • DEVOTION TO DUTY

Mint and Mint Mark

Specifications

  • Composition:  99.9 % silver
  • Diameter:  2.000 inches (50.80 mm)
  • Weight:  2.500 troy oz. (77.759 grams)

Artist Information

Obverse
  • Sculptor: Michael Gaudioso, Medallic Artist
  • Designer: Richard Masters, Artistic Infusion Program
Reverse Content last reviewed July 2, 2021

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