This coin was made to bring comfort to the worthy men and women of America's military, who must take up arms in the name of peace and place themselves at risk to prevent darkness from enveloping the world, and who ask only goodness and mercy in the rest of the days of their lives.
- Size: 1¾ inch / 44mm Round High Relief
- Material: Antiqued Bronze
On the obverse, a soldier patrols a real-world valley of the shadow of death surrounded by the rubble of war; the reverse quotes from the 23rd Psalm. Struck in brass and brushed with an antique bronze finish, this coin's deep-relief design is achieved through the use of special "splash" dies, which allow certain elements to rise from the coin's surface in a very detailed and powerfully tactile way.
The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name' sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: For thou art with me;
Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies;
Thou annointest my head with oil; My cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever.
- Psalm 23
The warriors of America's armed forces must advance perilously across exposed fields and through hostile valleys in their fight for justice and freedom around the world. They put their lives on the line to defend God-given rights whenever and wherever they come under attack.
And though the hazards are great and the menace is real, the righteous men and women of America's armed forces answer duty's call day after day, reassured by their own personal beliefs as they confront evil in its myriad forms and lethal array of weaponry.