When about 180 soldiers graduated from 14 weeks of basic training Friday, they were among the first in the nation to get the newly released 2012 United States Mint Infantry Silver Dollar.
The graduation and coin unveiling at the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center was a day to remember for Pvt. Aaron Sellee, of the 198th Infantry Brigade’s F Company, 2nd Battalion, 19 Infantry Regiment at Fort Benning.
“It’s probably one of the biggest things I’ve done with my life,” Sellee said of basic training. “The coin is a good reminder of what we have accomplished.”
Congress approved the coin in 2008 as part of the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center Commemorative Act. It authorized the U.S. Mint to issue up to 350,000 silver dollar coins to commemorate the legacy of the infantry and the establishment of National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center.
With the “Follow Me” soldier on one side and two rifles crossed on the back, the coin will cost $49.95 and $44.95 respectively until March 19 for the silver proof and silver uncirculated coin. After that date, the coin is $49.95 and $54.95. The price includes a $10 surcharge on each coin to benefit the National Infantry Foundation, which manages the operation of the museum.