Posted on October 18, 2017
Anonymous Mint is out with more unique and exclusive designs you’ll only find from the coin designers at the mint. Lead again by coin designer Julie Lindquist, Anonymous Mint is highlighting the five branches of the United States Armed Forces. In this five-round release you’ll find beautiful domed rounds with concave reverse fields and convex obverse fields. This silver round series is exclusive to JM Bullion, with limited mintage figures and available Certificate of Authenticity to accompany each round.
We’re proud to team with Anonymous Mint and eager to showcase the new United States Armed Forces rounds. Whether you served or know someone that did, these silver rounds are an excellent addition to your collection, especially with Veteran’s Day right around the corner on November 11th!
For some, there may be confusion over the terms United States Armed Forces and the Uniformed Services of the United States. The latter grouping consists of seven federal uniformed services that commission officers into service under Title 10 of the United States Code. The seven uniformed services include the US Army, US Marine Corps, US Navy, US Air Force, US Coast Guard, US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps.
However, only the first five in that list are considered among the United States Armed Forces. These groups are the military forces of the United States of America under the leadership of the Commander-in-Chief of the United States, the President. The US Armed Forces carry out military policy for the US in coordination with the US Department of Defense and US Department of Homeland Security.
This beautiful five-round collection catches the eye right off the bat due to its use of convex, or domed, silver blanks. These silver rounds have a stunning 3D shape to the rounds themselves with a convex field for the obverse design, and a concave field on the reverse. The silver round series features a different design for each of the five branches of the United States Armed Forces, which for clarity’s sake includes:
Each of the round designs in this JM Bullion-exclusive series features an obverse design based upon the military insignia found on the buttons of the service uniforms worn in each of the five branches of the military. There is a limited mintage of just 3,000 rounds per design release in the United States Armed Forces collection, and each round consists of 1 Troy oz of .999 investment-grade silver. With each round you’ll receive your product inside of a plastic capsule and find a two-sided Certificate of Authenticity included with your purchase.
All silver rounds in this collection feature a common reverse coin design. The reverse includes a depiction of the Great Seal of the United States. The heart of the design is based upon the heraldic eagle. In the center you’ll find the American bald eagle set behind the national shield. With wings and talons spread wide, the bird clutches an olive branch in its right talon and the arrows of war in its left. The bird’s head is turned toward the olive branch, indicating the nation’s preference for peace. However, it is always featured with the arrows of war as a symbol of America’s determination to defend itself from all threats.
Above the design is the phrase “E Pluribus Unum” on a ribbon through the bird’s beak. Engraved along the top of the design field is the series name as “United States Armed Forces.” Below is the weight, purity, and metal content as “1 oz .999 Fine Silver.” A twist of rope encircles the entire design field on the concave reverse of each round.
For the first release in the series, Anonymous Mint went with the US Marine Corps round. Based upon the buttons on a Marine’s uniform, this image borrows heavily from the eagle-globe-anchor design prominent in the Marine Corps logo. There are 13 stars above the image of an eagle, which sits perched atop an anchor as its clutches a rope that intertwines through the anchor.
The United States Marine Corps is perhaps the most unique of the branches within the Armed Forces. Controlled under the Department of the Navy, the Marine Corps originated as sharpshooters on Continental Navy vessels capable of defending ships during boarding, conducting amphibious assaults, and fighting on land beside their army brethren. Today, the US Marine Corps operates at sea with the US Navy as an amphibious assault group, on land with the army using tanks and armored personnel carriers, and even has its own Marine Corps Aviation Wing.
For the next release in the series, Anonymous Mint features the United States Navy round. Based upon the service uniform of naval personnel, you’ll find the design of an eagle with its head turned upward as it sits perched on a horizontal anchor. 13 stars stretch around the full rim of the coin, while cannon shot is visible below the anchor design.
The United States Navy is charged with seaborne actions in defense of the United States. The largest navy in the world, with vessels that outnumber the next several navies combine, the US Navy projects American power around the globe during times of crisis and war. It also transports US Marine Corps personnel and equipment to hot zones around the globe and ensures freedom of navigation for navies and commercial ships alike. Founded as the Continental Navy, the US Navy actually spent 10 years out of service before reforming as the latter entity.
The third release jumps forward in the timeline of the development and growth in the United States Armed Forces. Originally formed as a part of the US Army during World War I, the concept of an American Air Force came into greater focus during World War II. Today, the US Air Force is unlike any other in the world, operating fifth-generation fighter aircraft, stealth bombers, supersonic bombers, and the intercontinental B52 nuclear heavy bomber.
For the United States Air Force Round, Anonymous Mint rolls out its simplest design in the series. The image again is taken from the service uniform button of Air Force personnel. This design includes a giant star in the center, with a circle at the center of the star. Fittingly for the Air Force, there are a pair of wings that emanate from behind the star to complete the look of the design.
It is the goal of the United States Air Force to provide the Armed Forces with air superiority during times of war. However, the US Air Force fills a number of vital roles in the United States Armed Forces. It provides heavy lift and transport capability for the US Army and US Marine Corps, while also operating two arms of the US nuclear triad in the form of airborne missiles and intercontinental ballistic missile sites. It is also charged with cybersecurity tasks and space superiority as it operates satellites for the United States.
The Coast Guard is another unique branch of the United States Armed Forces, and its button round design in this series is one of the more intricate. It includes a vertical anchor in the center with rope intertwining the anchor from bottom to top. An eagle sits perched at the top of the anchor with its wings spread wide, and there is a border of rope around the entire obverse field of the round’s design.
Formed as the Revenue Marine in 1790 at the request of Alexander Hamilton, the Coast Guard in its modern lineage is actually older than the United States Navy and would be the 12 largest navy in the world as a separate entity. The Coast Guard has participated in every American war since 1790 and can be transferred to the US Department of the Navy during wartime by either the President of the United States or Congress.
The Coast Guard has one other unique facet. It is the only branch to serve a military role alongside a more civilian one. The Coast Guard has a maritime law enforcement role within the United States with the duty of patrolling both domestic and international waters in defense of those laws.
Wrapping up the United States Armed Forces Series from Anonymous Mint is America’s oldest branch of armed service. Formed in 1775 as the Continental Army, the United States Army has participated in every American conflict since its inception. It is the largest branch of the United States Armed Forces by number, with a combined strength between active duty, guard, and reserve forces of 990,000 soldiers.
The obverse of the United States Army Round features a variety of elements taken from the Department of the Army flag. In the center is a chest plate of body armor with a sword on one side and fixed-bayonet musket on the other. The American flag and Army flag hang to either side, with canons and shot featured in the design. The Army motto of “This We’ll Defend” is on a ribbon banner at the top of the design field.
Anonymous Mint’s lead coin designer Julie Lindquist helped develop the United States Armed Forces Series. The mint worked to develop each design for the collection and crafted the beautiful convex silver rounds for use in the collection. To deliver truly beautiful coining, Anonymous Mint partnered with Osborne Mint on the striking of each silver round.
Osborne Mint is the oldest private mint in the United States, and it can trace its roots back to 1835. At the time of the mint’s founding, Andrew Jackson was in the White House and there was not a singular legal tender banknote in circulation in the US. In fact, it would be another 30 years following the founding of Osborne Precious Metals until legal tender US banknotes were the only ones accepted in the country. Today, Osborne Precious Metals is still located in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has gone through a number of name changes and iterations in its time. It produces a variety of silver, gold, and copper products for private entities.
The United States Armed Forces collection is exclusive to JM Bullion. We are proud to team with Anonymous Mint again on another stunning silver round release, and can offer all five rounds for sale to numismatists, military enthusiasts, veterans, and their families alike. As always, keep watching our blog for new weekly posts and follow us on Facebook to chip in on the conversation regarding the latest in the precious metals industry.