World War I Centennial Marine Corps Medal

Medals

Background

The World War I Centennial Silver Medals were issued in conjunction with the congressionally authorized World War I Centennial Silver Dollar. The obverse (heads) and reverse (tails) designs of these medals honor each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces active in World War I.

 

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Coin Characteristics

The obverse design depicts the aftermath of the Battle of Belleau Wood. One Marine stands guard as the other kneels to pay respect to the fallen.  The inscription quotes a report to the American Expeditionary Forces: “WOODS NOW U.S. MARINE CORPS ENTIRELY.”

The reverse design features the World War I-era version of the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor emblem.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • WOODS NOW U.S. MARINE CORPS ENTIRELY

Reverse Inscriptions

  • CENTENNIAL OF WORLD WAR I
  • 2018
  • OVER THERE!
  • BATTLE OF BELLEAU WOOD

Mint and Mint Mark

Specifications

  • Finish: Proof
  • Composition: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
  • Diameter: 1.500 in. (38.10 mm)
  • Weight: 26.730 g

Artist Information

Obverse Reverse Content last reviewed October 10, 2017

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