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.

The National Law Enforcement Memorial Silver Dollar is available in four options at pre-issue discount prices through January 15, 1998: the Proof Silver Dollar, for $33; the Uncirculated Silver Dollar, for $30; in a Sterling Silver Money Clip, for $59; and in the striking Insignia Set, featuring the Proof Silver Dollar, a full-color, exclusively designed Embroidered Emblem, accompanied by a cloisonne enamel Emblem Pin, at $55. To order the National Law Enforcement Memorial Coin, please call 1-800-USA-MINT.

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