In August 2010, President Obama signed an act requiring the Secretary of the Treasury to strike up to two million Silver 9/11 National Medals featuring a design emblematic of the courage, sacrifice and strength of those lost in the 2001 terrorist attacks.
The sale of these medals was to go toward the operations and maintenance of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum upon its completion.
The obverse, designed by U.S. Mint Master Designer Donna Weaver, features Lady Liberty holding the Lamp of Remembrance, representing immeasurable loss as well as resiliency and triumph. The reverse, also designed by Weaver, depicts an eagle against a backdrop of cascading water, representing survivors' strength, peace and healing.
Not only do these Silver medals represent a trying time in our nation's history in such a beautiful way, but these issues have been graded Proof 69 Deep Cameo by PCGS, adding even more beauty to the medals.