The 1991 Korean War Memorial Silver Proof Dollar was issued to mark the 38th anniversary of the Korean War and to honour those who served. The oddly chosen anniversary date is the result of the division between North and South Korea at the 38th degree of latitude.
The obverse design depicts a soldier charging up a hill with naval ships in the foreground and two aircraft flying above. The inscriptions within the right field read “Thirty Eighth Anniversary Commemorative Korea” and “In God We Trust”. Additional inscriptions are found on the hill “1953 1991″ and at the base of the coin “Liberty”. The obverse was designed by John Mercanti.
Appearing on the reverse of the coin is a map of Korea with the division at the 38th parallel and the “yin and yang” in the south. An eagle’s head appears to the left of the map. Inscriptions include “One Dollar”, “E Pluribus Unum”, and “United States of America”. The reverse was designed by James T. Ferrel.
This historic collectable is produced by the United States Mint and is specially designed and created to commemorate those who served in the Korean War and to help build a memorial in Washington, DC. This coin is legal tender of the United States.
The coin is housed in a plastic capsule placed on a felt tray within a velvet presentation case with hinged lid on which was mounted a plaque of a heraldic eagle. The case is in a cardboard box imprinted with the Great Seal and "United States Korean War Memorial Coin." A white slipcover, similarly imprinted, protects the box. A certificate of authenticity is also included.
This coin is proof quality, which means it meets the finest standards in the industry for both beauty and craftsmanship, carefully designed to represent the best possible versions of the original model.
Obverse Design – Military Figure, Ships and Aircraft
Reverse Design – Map of Korea and Insignias
Condition – Proof
Mint – Philadelphia “P”
Diameter – 38.1mm
Composition – 90% silver (0.76 troy ounce), 10% copper
Weight – 26.73g