WASHINGTON – The United States Mint (Mint) will open sales for the U.S. Air Force One Ounce Silver Medal on August 16 at noon EDT. The medal is part of the United States Armed Forces Silver Medal Program, which honors the proud history and unique traditions of each branch of the Armed Forces.
Designs featured on this medal are emblematic of the history and mission of the U.S. Air Force. The obverse (heads) depicts a fighter jet pilot, flying alongside F-22 fighter jets with a stylized landscape below. The inscription is “U.S. AIR FORCE.” United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Designer Paul C. Balan created the design, which was sculpted by United States Mint Medallic Artist Phebe Hemphill.
The reverse (tails) features a dynamic perspective of the three spires of the Air Force Memorial, with one of the spires piercing the border of the medal into the beyond. Surrounding the memorial are members of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard in ceremonial assembly. The core values of the Air Force are inscribed around the border, with “INTEGRITY FIRST” in the top position, flanked by “SERVICE BEFORE SELF” on the left and “EXCELLENCE IN ALL WE DO” on the right. AIP Designer Jamie Franki created the design, which Ms. Hemphill also sculpted.
One ounce medals in the Armed Forces Silver Medal Program are 1.598 inches in diameter and are struck in 99.9 percent fine silver. Each medal is encapsulated and comes with the Mint’s certificate of authenticity.
The U.S. Air Force One Ounce Silver Medal is priced at $65. To set up a “Remind Me” alert for this product, visit https://catalog.usmint.gov/us-air-force-one-ounce-silver-medal-SAF1.html/ (product code SAF1). To view the Mint’s complete portfolio of medals, please visit https://catalog.usmint.gov/shop/medals/.
The Armed Forces Medals are also available for purchase through the Mint’s Product Enrollment Program. Structured like a magazine subscription, this program affords customers the convenience of signing up to receive automatic shipments of products in a series. The shipments continue until the enrollment is cancelled. Visit the website for details.
These products are also available at the Mint’s sales centers at the Philadelphia Mint, 151 N. Independence Mall East, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (on 5th Street between Arch Street and Race Street); at the Denver Mint, 320 West Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80204 (on Cherokee Street, between West Colfax Avenue and West 14th Avenue); and from the Mint Headquarters Coin Store in Washington, D.C., 801 9th St. NW, Washington, DC 20220. Please visit the Denver or Philadelphia websites because sales centers will be closed when the COVID-19 community level is HIGH to ensure the health and safety of our employees and the public.
Anticipated future releases in the Armed Forces Silver Medal Program include one ounce medals honoring the Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. Army, and the U.S. Space Force.
About the United States Mint
Congress created the United States Mint in 1792, and the Mint became part of the Department of the Treasury in 1873. As the Nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage, the Mint is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce. The Mint also produces numismatic products, including proof, uncirculated, and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; silver and bronze medals; and silver and gold bullion coins. Its numismatic programs are self-sustaining and operate at no cost to taxpayers.
Note: To ensure that all members of the public have fair and equal access to United States Mint products, the United States Mint will not accept and will not honor orders placed prior to the official on-sale date of August 16, 2022, at noon EDT.
Please use the Mint’s catalog site at https://catalog.usmint.gov/ as your primary source of the most current information on products and services or call 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).