The United States Mint has released the first official images of the upcoming United States Air Force Medal. The 2.5-ounce medal will be available starting February 22, 2021 directly from the Mint. The medal will be priced at $160 and while there is no production limit on the medal, there will be a household limit of 1 when sales begin.
Initially formed as a part of the United States Army on 1 August 1907, the United States Air Force was established as a separate branch of the U.S. Armed Forces on 18 September 1947 with the passing of the National Security Act of 1947. It is the second youngest branch of the U.S. Armed Forces and the fourth in order of precedence.
The obverse design depicts a fighter jet pilot, flying alongside F-35 fighter jets with a stylized landscape below.
This reverse design features a dynamic perspective of the three spires of the Air Force Memorial, with one of the spires piercing the border of the medal into the beyond. Surrounding the memorial are members of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard in ceremonial assembly.
The medal itself is two inches in diameter, 2.5 troy ounce in weight and composed of 99.9% silver in a matte finish.
Sales of the new medal will begin at Noon Eastern, 9:00 AM Pacific on February 22, 2021. You can use the Remind Me feature on the medal’s product page to have an email or text remember when it goes on sale.