A Semper Fi coin

AP via Houston Chronicle:

The U.S. Mint is unveiling a new coin to honor the 230th anniversary of the founding of the Marine Corps — the first time the government has struck a commemorative coin to salute a branch of the military.

The new silver dollar will feature on one side the famous photograph of the flag-raising at Iwo Jima taken by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal, and on the other side the official Marine Corps emblem of an eagle, globe and anchor and the motto, "Semper Fidelis" — always faithful.


Proceeds from the sale of the commemorative coin will go toward building the Marine Corps National Museum in Quantico, Va.


The regular price for the proof silver dollar in a presentation case is $39, with the uncirculated silver dollar in a gift box priced at $35. That price includes a $10 surcharge that will go toward building the Marine Corps museum in Quantico. The coins are scheduled to go on sale in July.

The coins will be made at the Philadelphia mint. The Marine Corps was founded at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia.


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