1997 National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Silver Dollar

A Tribute to those Who Gave Their Lives

On October 15, 1991, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial was dedicated at Judiciary Square, in Washington, D.C. Currently, the Memorial bears the engraved names of more than 14,000 officers who gave their lives in the line of duty (to learn more about this memorial, visit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Web Site). Today, we honor this Memorial, and the law enforcement community, with an exquisite offering from the United States Mint.

About the Coin

The 1997 National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Silver Dollar is the final United States Commemorative Coin to be minted this year. Designed and sculpted by Alfred Maletsky, this Silver Dollar is unlike any you’ve purchased before. Its design beautifully illustrates both the joy of life and the sorrow when a life is taken too soon. These are also the emotions many people experience during visits to the Memorial. It may be hard to believe that so much history and emotion could be captured in a single Silver Dollar, but once you have added it to your collection, you’ll realize that it has indeed been done.

Four Types of Packaging Available

Proof Silver Dollars that are struck multiple times with specially polished dies and display a mirror-like background and a frosted image. Uncirculated Silver Dollars that are struck with dies similar to those that create our nation’s circulating coinage and have a soft, satin-like finish. The Insignia Set that contains a 1997 National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Proof Silver Dollar, a beautiful Memorial Cloisonné Lapel Pin and an official embroidered Memorial Patch. Delivered in an elegant, royal blue presentation case, Insignia Sets are perfect for display, as gifts, or for personal remembrance. (The Memorial Patch, designed by Mint Graphic Designer Jim Peed, will not be sold separately.) Sterling Silver Money Clip that handsomely displays the Uncirculated Silver Dollar.

Authorized Mintage
Not more than 500,000 silver dollar coins.

Surcharges
A portion of the proceeds from sale of each coin will be paid to the Secretary of the Interior for maintenance of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Designs Obverse design:
Depicts police officers as they make a rubbing of a fallen officers name.

Reverse design:
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Emblem – a shield, representing all law enforcement officers – uniformed, plain clothes, city, state, and federal – and rose, emblematic of their dedication and sacrifice, laying across the shield.

Availability Through December 15, 1998.

Press release: September 16, 1997

NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL COIN DESIGNS UNVEILED

Mint Accepting Orders September 22; Delivery Begins December 15 Insignia Set Features Proof Coin, Embroidered Emblem and Cloisonne Enamel Pin

Washington, D.C. — Mint Director Philip N. Diehl joined National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund Chairman Craig W. Floyd and Under Secretary of the Treasury for Enforcement Raymond W. Kelly today to unveil the designs for the National Law Enforcement Silver Dollar at the Memorial.

A special address was delivered by Diane Leonard, wife of U.S. Secret Service Agent Donald R. Leonard, one of eight federal agents who lost their lives in the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma.

“This site has proven to be a particularly moving memorial to the men and women who have sacrificed their lives to ensure the safety of their fellow citizens,” said Mint Director Diehl. “The National Law Enforcement Memorial Silver Dollar marks our commitment to preserving the memory, and supporting the mission, of those honored here.”

The Mint announced that it will now begin accepting orders September 22 for the National Law Enforcement Official Memorial Silver Dollar, which commemorates “the sacrifice of law enforcement officers and their families in preserving public safety. . .,” with delivery of the coin scheduled to begin December 15. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the coin will go to supporting the long-term endowment fund to maintain the Memorial.

The obverse of the coin, inspired by a photograph at the Memorial by Larry Ruggeri, depicts United States Park Police officers Robert Chelsey and Kelcy Stefansson as they make a rubbing of a fellow officer’s name. The reverse depicts the Memorial’s emblem — a shield, representing all law enforcement officers, uniformed, plain clothes, city, state, and federal — and a rose, laying across the shield, a reminder of the officers’ dedication and sacrifice. Both the obverse and reverse were executed by U.S. Mint Sculptor/Engraver Alfred Maletsky.

Coin Information Provided Courtesy The United States Mint.