US Mint Strikes 9/11 Medals As Memorial Fundraiser
Medals in memory of the Sept. 11 attacks are being struck from silver at the U.S. Mint at West Point.
The mint next to U.S. Military Academy specializes in producing bullion coins made from gold, silver and platinum, but since last year has also been making medals that help raise funds for the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in lower Manhattan.
The memorial receives $10 from the sale of every silver medal, which is roughly the size of an old dollar coin and sells for $66.95.
The high-security mint rarely opens its doors to visitors, but let reporters in this week to watch blank rounds of silver be struck into medals. They feature Lady Liberty holding a flaming lamp before two shafts of light symbolizing the fallen towers. The inscription reads "Always Remember."
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