A Great Way to Collect
A great way to collect coins is by assembling those that carry some sense of importance, either personally or to the nation of America. One series that may offer some rewards in this area are modern commemorative issues of the United States Mint.
Each year there are usually two different programs to honor the people, places, or institutions of great importance or which celebrate an important anniversary. For 2012, the programs include the Star Spangled Banner Bicentennial and the celebration of the United States Army Infantry. The latter coin is one worth focusing on.
The design of the obverse features a modern Infantry soldier on rocky ground charging forward and beckoning the troops to follow, symbolizing the “Follow Me” motto of the Infantry. Inscriptions are LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and 2012. On the other side of the coin, to put it literally and figuratively, there is the crossed rifles insignia, the branch insignia of the Infantry. Inscription are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ONE DOLLAR and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
These coins first went on sale February 16, 2012. There were both proof versions with a cameo contrast and uncirculated versions with a satin like finish available. The US Mint has sold more than 1oo,000 of the coins already. Sales will continue until the entire mintage of 350,000 has been sold or until the close of the calendar year.
Collectors can look forward to more commemoratives in the following year.