Purple Heart Coins – First Day of Issue – Signed by General George William Casey Jr.

Purple Heart Coins – First Day of Issue – Signed by General  George William Casey Jr.

The U.S. Mint has just issued gold, silver, and clad coins honoring members of the armed services wounded or killed in action. A $5 gold coin struck at West Point was minted in ¼ ounce of pure gold, a pure silver dollar silver struck at West Point and a half dollar coin struck at the San Francisco Mint.
Each coin has its own unique one-time-only design on both the obverse and reverse of the coins. In total The U.S. Mint credited 11 different designers and sculptors on these stunning coins.  Westminster Mint has these coins in perfect Mint State 70 and Proof 70 condition. They have the coveted First Day of Issue Designation.
The flawless perfect coins graded MS70 and PR70 are hand signed by General George William Casey Jr., a four-star general who served as the 36th Chief of Staff of the United States Army from 2007 to 2011. President George W Bush appointed him as Commanding General, Multi-National Force – Iraq, from 2004 to 2007, he led over 1 million soldiers. General Casey is a lifelong coin collector and the highest-ranking Military officer to sign coins for any coin grading service.
The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the U.S. Armed Forces wounded or killed by enemy action. Since World War I, an estimated 1.8 million men and women have received a Purple Heart. Its history reaches back to the American Revolution. In 1782, General George Washington gave orders establishing the Badge of Military Merit to honor merit among soldiers in the Continental Army.