Mayflower 400th Anniversary Silver Medal 2020, Coin from United States - detailed information

Mayflower 400th Anniversary Silver Medal 2020, Coin from United States
CoinMayflower 400th Anniversary Silver Medal 2020

The story of the Mayflower is one that connects multiple communities, cultures, and countries. This transatlantic voyage brought 102 Pilgrims and migrants from Europe across the Atlantic and established a new foundation for governance in the New World.

This one ounce 99.99% silver medal was issued as part of a program which commemorates the 400th anniversary of the voyage with coin and medal designs that come together to tell the story of the Pilgrims, the Mayflower‘s journey, and the impact the Pilgrims’ arrival had on the native Wampanoag people.

The U.S. Mint and the Royal Mint produced two joint coin and medal sets. The reverse of the U.K. coins and the U.S. coin and medal contained in the sets were designed by Chris Costello, who used multiple stylistic elements to tie them together. These include the choice of font and North Star on the U.K. coin, which connects to the image of the sun in the U.S. coin, symbolising a new day. That symbolism is also a reference to the Wampanoag people who inhabited the region, and were known as the “People of the Dawn”.

Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
United States / Mayflower 400th Anniversary Silver Medal 2020 - obverse photo

The obverse design features a Mayflower Pilgrim family bracing against the cold and windy weather, foreshadowing their coming hardships, while the ship is anchored in the harbour. Incuse around below, the anniversary dates 1620 - 2020. The artist's initials CTS (for Chris Costello) are in the lower left. The obverse was engraved by Renata Gordon, whose initials RG are in the lower right, in the waves below the ship.

A pair of mayflower blossoms in the outer rim flank the design. Around above, the inscription A CIVIL BODY POLITICK. Around below, MAYFLOWER COMPACT.

Obverse Inscription A CIVIL BODY POLITICK MAYFLOWER COMPACT 1620 - 2020
Reverse
United States / Mayflower 400th Anniversary Silver Medal 2020 - reverse photo

The reverse design depicts a Wampanoag man and woman employing a planting technique used to grow several crops that were staples for the Wampanoag people. This method helped keep the soil healthy, maintaining the resources for annual plantings and successful harvests. The artist's initials CTS (for Chris Costello) are in the lower left. The obverse was engraved by Michael Gaudioso, whose initials MG are in the lower right, next to the Indian woman's foot.

Around above in the outer rim, the inscription SUSTAINERS OF LIFE recalls not only this sustainable planting technique but the critical skills the Wampanoag people afforded the Pilgrims by teaching them how to successfully plant and harvest the land.

Around below, PEOPLE OF THE DAWN.

Reverse Inscription SUSTAINERS OF LIFE PEOPLE OF THE DAWN
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Issued in Set
400th Anniversary of the Mayflower Voyage Silver Proof Coin and Medal Set, mintage unknown
2 coins: (UK) Silver Ounce 2020 Mayflower, (US) Mayflower 400th Anniversary Silver Medal
Mayflower 400th Anniversary Silver Medal 2020: Known varieties
Variety Reverse Proof
Images United States / Mayflower 400th Anniversary Silver Medal 2020 / Reverse Proof - obverse photo United States / Mayflower 400th Anniversary Silver Medal 2020 / Reverse Proof - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown (included in total). Mintage limit: 20,000
Details

Mirror-like designs on frosted background fields (the inverse of the normal medals).

The medal is encapsulated and enclosed in a cadet blue presentation case. The Mayflower ship imagery, which appears on the medal, appears outlined on the inside lid of case, which is secured in an outer packaging of similar colour. An outer sleeve with the product name in silver foil complements the packaging. A beautiful Certificate of Authenticity with a brief story of the Mayflower arrival signed by the Director of the United States Mint is included with the medal.

U.S. Mint Item Number: 20XD. Release price: $76.00.

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Mayflower 400th Anniversary Silver Medal 2020: Details
CountryUnited States
CurrencyUS Dollar
Coin TypeMedals
Issued2020
Mintageunknown
Mintage Limit34,200
Material0.9999 Silver
DesignerChris Costello
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size40.600 mm
Mass31.103 g
OCC IDBVYX-EWRC-JXLV-OJZN
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