Obverse. Photo © United States Mint
  • 1 Dollar 2024, United States of America (USA), Greatest Generation
  • 1 Dollar 2024, United States of America (USA), Greatest Generation
Description

The 2024 Commemorative Coin Program pays tribute to the service and sacrifices made by American soldiers and civilians in World War II. Authorized by Public Law 117-162, known as the Greatest Generation Commemorative Coin Act, this legislation empowers the U.S. Mint to produce $5 gold coins, $1 silver coins, and half-dollar clad coins that symbolize the National World War II Memorial.

The National World War II Memorial pays tribute to the American spirit and sacrifice during World War II. It honors the 16 million who served, the 400,000 who died, and those on the home front who contributed through work, production, and rationing. Designed to inspire future generations, the memorial symbolizes the achievements of the World War II generation in preserving freedom and democracy. Dedicated on May 29, 2004, it stands as a powerful symbol of American national unity on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

Obverse

Depicts six figures working together to support the Earth, illustrating the cooperation of each of the military branches (Army Air Forces, Coast Guard, Navy, Army, and Marine Corps), as well as the Merchant Marine during World War II.

Sculptor: Phebe Hemphill (PH)
Designer: Beth Zaiken (BZ)

WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL 1941-1945 DEFENDERS OF FREEDOM
BZ PH
LIBERTY
IN GOD WE TRUST
2024

Reverse

Depicts a view from beneath a baldacchino, a sculptural canopy inside a Victory Pavilion in the World War II Memorial. The sculpture depicts four eagles holding a laurel wreath, within which is a globe centered on the Pacific Ocean.

The U.S. World War II Memorial, located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., pays tribute to Americans who served in World War II. Designed by Friedrich St. Florian, it features 56 pillars representing states and territories, triumphal arches for the Atlantic and Pacific theaters, and a memorial wall with 4,048 gold stars, each symbolizing 100 Americans who died in the war. The poignant message "Here we mark the price of freedom" is situated in front of the Freedom Wall, overlooking the Reflecting Pool and Lincoln Memorial.

Sculptor: Renata Gordon (RG)
Designer: Benjamin Sowards (BS)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
E PLURIBUS UNUM
VICTORY
P
IN THE AIR AT SEA
BS RG
ON LAND
WWII MEMORIAL
ONE DOLLAR

Edge
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Silver
Fineness 0.999
Weight 26.73 g
Diameter 38.1 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Mint
Philadelphia Mint (P)

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