World War I Centennial Marine Corps Medal
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.
CharacteristicsThe 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.
- WOODS NOW U.S. MARINE CORPS ENTIRELY
- CENTENNIAL OF WORLD WAR I
- OVER THERE!
- BATTLE OF BELLEAU WOOD
Mint and Mint Mark
- Finish: Proof
- Composition: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
- Diameter: 1.500 in. (38.10 mm)
- Weight: 26.730 g
- Sculptor: Michael Gaudioso, Medallic Artist
- Designer: Chris Costello, Artistic Infusion Program
- Joseph Menna, Medallic Artist