In 2015 the US Congress authorized the minting of a silver dollar to commemorate the 225th anniversary of the establishment of the nation’s first federal law enforcement agency, the United States Marshals Service. A $10 surcharge was imposed on the sale of each coin with the first $5,000,000 of surcharge proceeds donated to the U.S. Marshals Museum. Surcharge proceeds that exceed $5,000,000 will be evenly donated to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Foundation, and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
As with most recent Commemoratives, the Mint struck these dollars in both Proof and Uncirculated finish, with a total authorized mintage of 500,000 coins. Coins in both finishes were minted at the Philadelphia Mint.
The obverse, designed by Richard Masters, depicts the U.S. Marshals Service star and the silhouettes of deputies on horseback pursuing an unseen fugitive, symbolizing a famous posse so prevalent in the Old West. Inscriptions are “LIBERTY,” “1789 – 2014,” “IN GOD WE TRUST” and “2015.” To left of In God We Trust are the designer’s initials “RM” and to right are the engraver’s initials “CLV” for Charles L. Vickers.
The reverse, designed by Frank Morris, depicts a frontier U.S. Marshal leaning against a post, holding a “wanted” poster with the inscription “WANTED IN FT. SMITH.” Additional inscriptions are “JUSTICE INTEGRITY SERVICE,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” and “$1.” To the lower left of the Marshal are the designer’s initials “FM” and to the right are the engraver’s initial “JFM” for Joseph F. Menna. What makes the U.S. Marshal coin unique among modern commemoratives is its reuse of fonts not used since the early half dollar commemorative program (1892 thru 1954).