The United States Mint will open sales of its latest military medal, honoring the United States Air Force, starting next week. Sales of the one-ounce silver medal will begin at Noon Eastern on August 16 on the Mint’s site. The medal is priced at $65.00 with no production or household limits in place. The design is identical to the 2.5-ounce limited release version of the medal, which was released last year.
Initially formed as a part of the United States Army on 1 August 1907, the 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.