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Struck in 2011, this is no ordinary medal; it represents a piece of history that changed the world as we know it. On September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people were killed in terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Va. - across the river from Washington, D.C. - and in a thwarted attack and subsequent plane crash in a field in Shanksville, Pa. Hundreds of courageous first responders risked their lives to save others and many perished while performing their sworn duty. In the aftermath of the attacks, people throughout the country and around the world came together to remember and honor those who perished in the attacks.

This medal was intended to be struck up to help support the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City. It comes included with a certificate of authenticity and in original government packaging to be proudly displayed in your collection.

Coin Set Includes

  • -2011 September 11 National Medal with grading case
  • Display box
  • Certificate of authenticity

Coin Specifications

  • Coin Type: 2011 September 11 National Medal Silver Proof P Mint OGP
  • Coin Grade: Proof
  • Diameter: 40.6mm
  • Mint Mark: P - Philadelphia
  • Mintage Year(s): 2011
  • Purity of Silver: 99.9% (Silver); 1 troy oz
  • Obverse: Features Lady Liberty holding the Lamp of Remembrance. Behind Liberty and the memorial lamp are two vertical beams of light symbolizing the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, where most of the individuals were who died during the 9/11 attacks. Twin light beams have been used in various 9/11 memorials since the first weeks after the attacks and are now internationally recognizable as a tribute to 9/11 victims. Running along the upper obverse rim is the phrase ALWAYS REMEMBER. Below Liberty's outstretched arms on the lower right side of the obverse is the 2001-2011 dual date signifying the 10th anniversary of the attacks.
  • Reverse: Depicts an eagle, with outstretched wings flying on the leftmost side of the design. The eagle's head is reverently turned downward, and it appears to be admiring the two inscriptions seen on the bottom center of the reverse: HONOR and HOPE. The eagle represents the strength of the survivors and their families as well as the nation. Spilling across the top three-quarters of the reverse design is a waterfall pattern reminiscent of the one-acre memorial waterfalls built into what were the footprints of the former Twin Tower buildings of the World Trade Center. The flowing water is emblematic of peace, serenity, healing and the continuity of life.

Display Box: 3-1/2"L x 3-1/2"W x 3/4"H

Distributed by The Franklin Mint.

Coin Glossary:

Die: An engraved piece of metal used to stamp a design on a coin.

Die crack: A small, raised imperfection on a coin resulting from a crack in the stamping die.

Early release: The Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) uses this designation for U.S. Bullion Coins during the first month of release from the U.S. Mint. To qualify for Early Release designation, NGC must receive the coins within 30 days of their release by the US Mint or properly documented as being received by an NGC approved entity within the same 30-day release period.

Encapsulated coin: A coin graded and authenticated by a professional coin service, then sealed in plastic.

Field: The typically flat area surrounding the relief and not used for legend or inscription.

Legal tender: Official money issued by the government.

Legend: The coin's primary lettering.

Lettered edge: An inscription added to the edge of a coin.

Luster: The quality of the surface brilliance on a Mint State or Uncirculated coin.

Mercury dime: Issued from 1916 to 1945, this U.S. dime featured a representation of Liberty in a winged hat that was commonly mistaken for the ancient god, Mercury.

Mint: A government controlled coin production facility.

Mint mark: A small letter stamped on a coin that indicates its mint origin, ex. "D" for Denver.

Mint Set: One coin from each of the available denominations in a particular year, produced by a single mint and made for circulation.

Mint State (Uncirculated): A regular production coin never used in trade and existing in its original condition.

Mintage: The number of coins produced.

NGC: Numismatic Guaranty Corporation.

Numismatics: The collection and study of monetary objects such as coins and paper bills.

Obverse: Heads, or a coin's front side.

Patina: Surface discoloration, typically green or brown, caused by oxidation over time.

PCGS: Professional Coin Grading Service.

Planchet: A blank metal piece used to produce a coin.

Proof: Expertly polished planchets and dies produce these coins which feature an extremely high quality strike, resulting in unmatched detail and brilliant surface finish.

Reeded edge: A coin edge finish featuring parallel vertical grooves all the way around.

Relief: The raised portion of a stamped design that sits above the coin's field.

Reverse: Tails, or coin's back side.

Rim: The raised ring around the perimeter of a coin designed to reduce wear on the relief.

Strike: The act of stamping a coin.

Truncation: The bottom edge of a portrait or bust.

Wheat penny: Lincoln cents issued from 1909 to 1958 bearing the wheat ear design on the reverse.

About the Collection

Discover the collectability of The Franklin Mint - the world’s leading private mint for more than 45 years. Founded in 1964, the Franklin Mint first stepped into the international arena by striking legal tender coins for foreign nations. Shortly after, the company expanded and began offering the general public coins and collectibles of the utmost quality.

Today, Franklin Mint is known throughout the world for its impeccably crafted minted coins, die-cast models and collectible art. Offering rare pieces for first time and serious collectors, each item from the mint is an instant heirloom that can be enjoyed for generations to come.

About the Guest

Walter Kole is the Brand Curator for The Franklin Mint. As a member of the American Numismatic Association, Walter has over 30 years’ experience in the field of numismatics, philatelics, and related collectibles. He has purchased in excess of one million U.S. Mint and International official coins and limited commemorate issues. His decades of experience and passion for coins and collecting are evident in each rare piece that he presents.