coin, commemorative
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From the collection of the National Park Service, National Mall and Memorial Parks.

coin, commemorative

CATALOG NUMBER

VIVE 41751

ACCESSION DATE

11/24/1987

ITEM SUMMARY

Commemorative silver coin. The bas relief design at the obverse surface of the coin depicts a Vietnam-era American serviceman offering a young girl a bowl full of food, as well as the dedicatory phrase & date, "A TRIBUTE TO THE AMERICAN FIGHTING MEN IN VIETNAM / 1967". The design at the reverse surface of the coin depicts the Great Seal of the United States, in addition to listing all American wars and the dates of American involvement (from the Revolution up to and including the Vietnam War). The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between October - November 1987.

ITEM DESCRIPTION

COMMEMORATIVE COIN. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A CIRCULARLY SHAPED, SILVER METAL COIN WITH TEXTURED CIRCUMFERENTIAL EDGE AND BAS RELIEF GRAPHIC REPRESENTATIONS AT THE OBVERSE AND REVERSE OBJECT SURFACES. AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, A GRAPHIC REPRESENTATION OF A VIETNAM-ERA AMERICAN SERVICEMAN DRESSED IN MILITARY ISSUE FIELD ATTIRE (E.G. OG-107 HOT WEATHER FIELD CAP, OG-107 TROPICAL COMBAT COAT & TROUSERS, COMBAT BOOTS, ETC.) NEXT TO A YOUNG FEMALE CHILD WEARING A SHORT DRESS IS EXECUTED IN BAS RELIEF. THE SERVICEMAN IS DEPICTED SQUATTING TO THE PROPER LEFT-HAND SIDE OF THE CHILD AND HOLDING OUT A BOWL FULL OF FOOD WITH HIS LEFT HAND, WHILE THE CHILD HOLDS AN EMPTY BOWL WITH HER RIGHT HAND AND CONSIDERS THE SERVICEMAN'S OFFER. THE PHRASE, "A TRIBUTE TO THE AMERICAN FIGHTING MEN IN VIETNAM" IS EXECUTED IN RAISED, ARCHED, BLOCK SCRIPT ALONG THE EXTERIOR EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE COIN, WHILE THE DATE, "1967" IS EXECUTED IN RAISED, ARABIC NUMERALS AT THE LOWER, CENTER EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. AT THE CENTER OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE COIN, THE GREAT SEAL OF THE UNITED STATES (I.E. A SHIELD WITH A CHIEF BEARING NO STARS OVER A FIELD WITH STRIPES. THE SUPPORTER OF THE SHIELD IS A BALD EAGLE WITH WINGS OUTSTRETCHED AND FACING TO THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE. THE EAGLE CLUTCHES A BUNDLE OF THIRTEEN (13) ARROWS IN ITS LEFT TALON WHILE THE RIGHT TALON CLUTCHES AN OLIVE BRANCH. IN ITS BEAK THE EAGLE CLUTCHES A SCROLL WITH THE MOTTO, "E PLURIBUS UNUM," WHILE OVERHEAD A GLORY CONTAINING THIRTEEN (13) STARS SURMOUNTS ALL) IS EXECUTED IN BAS RELIEF. SURROUNDING THE CENTRAL BAS RELIEF ALONG THE EXTERIOR EDGE OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE COIN, EACH OF THE AMERICAN WARS AND THE DATES OF AMERICAN INVOLVEMENT (UP TO AND INCLUDING THE VIETNAM WAR) ARE EXECUTED IN RAISED, ARCHED, BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS.

ACCESSION GROUP

VIVE-00046

RECORD COPONENT QTY

1

ASSOCIATED ITEM TEXT

Text of the raised lettering inscriptions at the obverse and reverse object surfaces is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, raised lettering inscriptions] "A TRIBUTE TO THE AMERICAN FIGHTING MEN IN VIETNAM / 1967" / [Reverse object surface, raised lettering inscriptions] "*1775 - 1783 REVOLUTIONARY WAR * WAR OF 1812 - 1814 * 1846 - 1848 MEXICAN WAR * 1861 - 1865 CIVIL WAR * 1898 SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR * 1917 - 1918 WORLD WAR I * 1941 - 1945 WORLD WAR II * 1950 - 1953 KOREAN WAR * 1961 - 1967 VIETNAM WAR*"

ITEM DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT

Item Weight: 26.7g
Item Depth: 0.3cm (Thickness) / 3.8cm (Diameter) / 11.9cm (Circumference)