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9/11 Medal Will Evoke Memories
June 13, 2011

That September morning in 2001 was a Tuesday and I was working on Numismatic News when Ray Sidman, another staffer at the time, said a plane had hit the World Trade Center in New York City.

I said something like it sounded like an Internet hoax, see what else you can find out.

My skepticism certainly proved faulty that day.

What were you doing when you heard the news?

The day lives on in memory much like the day John F. Kennedy was shot Nov. 22, 1963, or for an older generation, the Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, when Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japan.

Collectors will relive their own memories as the word spreads that one-ounce silver medals that mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack will be placed on sale by the U.S. Mint on June 20. Price will be $56.95

Will you be a buyer?

The medals will be made of one-ounce of .999 fine silver. They will be actually struck on the same blanks as silver American Eagles, though they will not have a reeded edge.

Up to 2 million will be available if sales warrant. Half will be struck at West Point and carry a “W” mintmark on the reverse and half will be struck at Philadelphia with a “P” mintmark on the reverse.

The National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum will get $10 of the issue price. If there is a sellout, the organization will get $20 million. The website is

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About the Author
David C. Harper has been a coin collector since 1963. He joined the Krause Publications editorial staff in 1978 and is currently editor of Numismatic News and World Coin News. He also edits two books annually, North American Coins & Prices and Coin Digest. He is the author of the Class of '63 column that runs each week in Numismatic News. His first bylined numismatic article appeared in the June 1971 issue of Coins Magazine and his various Krause Publications assignments included a stint as editor of the magazine 1980-1983. Harper received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1977. He had a double major of journalism and economics.

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