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This is part 3 of a 4 part series of American Legacy Sets. The 2005 American Legacy set was the first one issued. It features the Chief Justice John Marshall silver dollar and the 2005 Marine Corps silver dollar. Both of these coins are known as "modern commemoratives" and both are very attractively designed coins.
On the left hand side of the display is the Chief Justice John Marshall silver dollar. It was issued to commemorate his 250th year birthday. He was the fourth Chief Justice of the United States and was born and raised in Virginia. The silver dollar features a portrait of Chief Justice John Marshall on the obverse. This was designed by John Mercanti, based on an 1808 painting by Charles-Balthazar-Julien Fevret de Saint-Memin. The inscriptions include â€śChief Justice United States Supreme Court 1801-1835â€ť, â€śJohn Marshallâ€ť, â€śLibertyâ€ť, â€śIn God We Trustâ€ť, and the date of issue â€ś2005â€ť. The reverse of the coin depicts the old Supreme Court Chamber within the Capitol with inscriptions â€śE Pluribus Unumâ€ť, â€śOne Dollarâ€ť, and â€śUnited States of Americaâ€ť. The reverse was designed by Donna Weaver. It's weight is 26.73 grams, and it's made of 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper, it's diameter is 38.1 mm and it's final mintage is 196,753.
On the right hand side of the display is the 2005 Marine Corps silver dollar. This coin was issued to commemorate the 230th anniversary of the Marine Corps. The obverse features the famous scene of Marines raising an American Flag over Iwo Jima that was photographed by Joe Rosenthanl. The inscriptions include â€śLibertyâ€ť, â€śIn God We Trustâ€ť, â€śMarinesâ€ť, and the anniversary dates â€ś1775â€ť and â€ś2005â€ť. The obverse was modeled by Norman E. Nemeth based on the photograph. The reverse features the emblem of the Marine Corps, featuring an eagle, globe, and anchor. The inscriptions include â€śUnited States of Americaâ€ť, â€śE Pluribus Unumâ€ť, the Marine Corps motto â€śSemper Fidelisâ€ť (Always Faithful), and the denomination â€śOne Dollarâ€ť. The reverse was modeled by Charles Vickers. The 2005 American Legacy Collection included all of the proof coins from 2005 and proof versions of the two commemorative silver dollars issued for the year. This set was priced at $135 and limited to 100,000 units. This coin weighs 26.73 grams, is made of 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper, with a diameter of 38.1 mm and the final mintage is 548,810.
Commemorative coins that achieved a sell out included the 2005 Marine Corps Silver Dollar, which depicted the famous flag raising at Iwo Jima, the 2006 Benjamin Franklin Silver Dollar, which featured two different designs, and the 2009 Abraham Lincoln Silver Dollar, issued for the bicentennial of the 16th Presidentâ€™s birth. The mintage for the 2005 American Legacy Set is 46,057.
As always, enjoy the pictures, stay safe, HEALTHY, and coronavirus free. Just a quick side note, I received my first coronavirus vaccine (Moderna) this past Sat. after my local VA called and informed me that they had an "extra dose". I go for my second dose on Mar. 6, 2021. Talk to everyone again soon when the final 2008 American Legacy Set is received. I'm still in the process of reviewing the 3rd release of the "Loupe", wish me luck... :-)
Charlie aka slybluenote