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Public service includes careers such as those in public safety (e.g., law enforcement, firefighting), public education, public interest law, public health, emergency management, social work, government and the military (among others). As there is already a thread about coins/medals with a military theme, let's exclude those from this thread and focus on other Public Service career themes.

I'll kick things off with one modern US commemorative coin and one modern US commemorative medal: the 1997 National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Silver Dollar and the 1993 Benjamin Franklin/Firefighters Silver Medal.


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The 1997 Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Silver Dollar was struck "To recognize the sacrifice of law enforcement officers and their families in preserving public safety."

Per the Memorials web site, a "aw enforcement officer means an individual involved in crime control or reduction and who is directly employed on a full-time basis by a local, county, state or federal law enforcement agency of the United States or its territories, with or without compensation, who is duly sworn and has full arrest powers."

Names of fallen officers are carved into the low Memoria walls found lining the pathways on each side of the memorial. The Memorial has paper and pencils freely available and encourages visitors to use them to make rubbings of the name of the fallen officer(s) of interest.

1997 National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Silver Dollar


The obverse design of the coin depicts two officers at the memorial looking for the name of a fellow officer who fell during the line of duty; it is based on a photograph by Larry Ruggieri. I've read that the scene depicts the two officers making a rubbing of an officer's name, but I don't see such activity depicted. The official Emblem of the National Law Enforcement Memorial is presented on the coin's reverse.

Alfred Maletsky was responsible for the both the obverse and reverse designs.

Aerial View of Memorial - Memorial Walls Are Located Between Trees on Each Side

(Image Credit: National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial web site, https://nleomf.org/memorial/ Fair Use.)

View of One Entrance to Memorial with Lion on Guard

(Image Credit: National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial web site, https://nleomf.org/memorial/ Fair Use.)


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In 1991, a bill calling for a gold half eagle and a silver dollar was introduced to "provide for the minting of coins in commemoration of Benjamin Franklin and to enact a fire service bill of rights." The bill's numismatic deliverables were dramatically changed in Committee, ultimately switching from a coin bill to a Franklin-Firefighters commemorative medal bill.

The Act authorizing the medal included the following re: a fire services bill of rights:

Congress makes the following findings:

(1) America's fire services should be acknowledged as our first responder to domestic emergencies.

(2) Members of America's fire services deserve every protection from the dangers associated with emergency response.

(3) Family members of those in the fire services should be provided for in the event of the service-connected loss or disability of any member of a fire service.

(4) Members of fire services should be educated in the latest fire and life safety sciences, and should have access to ongoing training programs to be able to take full advantage of the latest information.

(5) Fire services should be provided with state-of-the-art equipment and apparatus to handle all emergency situations.

(6) America's fire services deserve to have access to up-to-date fire and life safety programs to enable them to protect the public with minimal risk to the safety of their members.

(7) Responding fire services have a right to know the kind of danger presented by hazardous materials they face in all emergency responses.

(8) Fire services should be fully informed of the threat of infectious diseases their members face during the course of life safety activities.

(9) America's fire services have the right to expect that the American people will be full partners in the struggle to preserve life and property from the ravages of fire and other disasters.

(10) The history of American fire services and the sacrifices their members have made to protect lives and property in communities across the Nation deserve to be commemorated and honored.

(11) A commemorative medal would help recognize the achievements and needs of America's fire services.


It's hard to argue with any of Congress' findings!

Franklin's connection to the firefighting theme dates to December 7, 1736 when he formed the Union Fire Company (aka the "Bucket Brigade"). The Union was the first volunteer fire company formally established in the American colonies to serve its entire community (i.e., the general public) vs. just a predefined membership.

The obverse of the medal features a front-facing portrait of Franklin along with a firefighter's helmet. The design was created and modeled by Thomas D. Rogers, US Mint Sculptor-Engraver. The reverse depicts a firefighter climbing down a ladder after rescuing a small child. T. James Ferrell, also a US Mint Sculptor-Engraver, created the design and prepared the models.


1993 Benjamin Franklin Firefighters Silver Medal



For more on the Franklin Firefighers Medal, check out:

- 1993 Benjamin Franklin Commemoratives
- 1993 Benjamin Franklin Firefighters Silver Medal



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Another recent US issue, honoring a schoolteacher:


Christa McAuliffe silver dollar.
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Canada's 1998 commemorative silver dollar (SD) marking the 125th anniversary of the roots of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is one of many Canadadian coins that feature a RCMP theme and design.

In 1873, a police force that became the North-West Mounted Police was established by the Parliament of Canada with 150 recruits stationed in Manitoba. "The new police force gradually acquired the name North-West Mounted Police (NWMP)...In 1904, King Edward VII conferred the title of "Royal" upon the North-West Mounted Police." (from "History of the RMCP" at https://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/history-rcmp.)

Thus, though billed as the 125th anniversary of the RCMP, the 1998 commemorative SD more accurately marked the 125th anniversary of the formation of the Royal North-West Mounted Police. The RCMP did not exist until 1920 when the Royal North-West Mounted Police force was combined with Canada's Dominion Police to form the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The primary design feature of the commemorative reverse of the SD presents a mounted RCMP officer wearing a pill-box hat. The hat indicates that the image is that of an officer prior to 1902 (i.e., during the NWMP days), as wearing of the wide-brimmed Stetson hat was not an approved part of the uniform until 1902. The commemorative design is the work of Adeline Halvorson; it was engraved by Sheldon Beveridge.

In 2020, the 100th anniversary of the law enforcement service provided by the RCMP was commemorated with multiple coins by the Royal Canadian Mint. I still like the 1998 coin, however, for its celebration of the RCMP's roots - every success story has a beginning!

1998 RCMP 125th Anniversary Silver Dollar in Maple Stand



For more about the 1998 RCMP silver dollar, check out:

- 1998 RCMP Dollar and Pin Set
- 1998 RCMP Gift Set


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George Washington had a long and distinguished career in public service to his nation, from his time as a General in the Continental Army during the American Revolution, to his eight years serving as the first President under the US Constitution. There's little doubt that Washington had a very impactful life as a military officer and public servant.

Washington made three appearances on coins of the classic US commemorative series: 1900 Lafayette Memorial silver dollar, 1926 American Independence Sesquicentennial half dollar and 1932 Washington Bicentennial quarter. The first two of these share a design theme involving conjoined portraits, Washington and the Marqui de Lafayette appear together on the 1900 dollar, with Washington and Calvin Coolidge teamed up on the 1926 half dollar.

A bust portrait of Washington, based on the famed Houdon bust, appears on the quarter introduced in 1932 to mark the 200th anniversary of Washington's birth on February 22, 1732; Washington was born in Westmoreland County, VA. The piece was the second US commemorative quarter issued; it continued on as a regular-issue circulating coin beginning in 1934.

I've posted about each of these coins in the past, and rather than repeat the information they covered, I encourage you to check them out with the links below if you are interested in learning more.

1900 Lafayette Memorial Dollar


1900 Lafayette Memorial Dollar Posts
- 1900 Lafayette Memorial
- 1900 Lafayette Memorial - Revisited
- 1900 Lafayette Memorial - Coins with Hats Thread
- 1900 Lafayette Memorial - Coins with Hands Thread
- 1900 Lafayette Memorial - Coins with Military Theme Thread
- 1900 Lafayette Memorial - Coins with Flora Thread
- 1900 Lafayette Memorial - Coins that Depict a Statue Thread
- 1900 Lafayette Memorial - Coins with Conjoined Portraits Thread
- 1881 Yorktown Medal vs. 1900 Lafayette Dollar


1926 American Independence Sesquicentennial Half Dollar


1926 American Independence Sesquicentennial Half Dollar Posts
- 1926 American Independence Sesquicentennial
- 1926 American Independence Sesquicentennial - Ephemera
- 1926 American Independence Sesquicentennial - Coins with Conjoined Portraits Thread

1932 Washington Bicentennial Quarter Dollar


1932 Washington Bicentennial Quarter Dollar Posts
- 1932 Washington Bicentennial Quarter Dollar
- 1932 Washington Bicentennial Quarter?
- Was the Washington Bicentennial Quarter Considered a Commemorative in 1932?


For other of my posts about commemorative coins and medals, see: Read More: Commems Collection.


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2 Australian $2 coins, dedicated to Police and Firefighters.





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Joseph Taylor Robinson (D-AR) - b. August 26, 1872; d. July 14, 1937 - had a long and distinguished career as an elected public official at the state and national levels. The popular Robinson won each of his national elections with >60% of the votes cast; he frequently won election with over 80% of the votes. He also won multiple elections while running unopposed!

Joseph T. Robinson - Original Coin Holder/Mailer (Interior)


Robinson's first elected position was as a Representative in the Arkansas General Assembly (1894). He was elected to the US House of Representatives representing Arkansas' 6th District in 1902; he served five consecutive terms from March 4, 1903 through January 14, 1913.

He was then elected Governor of Arkansas; he resigned his seat in the House and took over as Arkansas Governor on January 15, 1913. He served just 55 days as Governor, however, as the Arkansas legislature voted to return him to Washington, DC as Arkansas' US Senator to take the seat that opened when recently re-elected Senator Jefferson Davis died.

The fiery Robinson served over 24 years in the US Senate, including the last four as Senate Majority Leader; he served as the Senate Minority leader from December 3, 1923 through July 14, 1937. In 1928, he was on the Democratic Presidential ticket with NY Governor Alfred Smith as the Vice Presidential nominee. The Smith-Robinson ticket was soundly defeated by the Herbert Hoover-Charles Curtis ticket, however, 444 to 87 in the Electoral College and 21.4 million to 15.0 million in the popular vote.

Senator Robinson died in Washington, DC in July 1937 of heart failure; he is buried in Arkansas.

1936 Robinson-Arkansas Statehood Centennial Half Dollar


To learn more about Senator Robinson and this coin, check out:

- 1936 Robinson-Arkansas Statehood Centennial.

For more of a discussion about the design details of the obverse, have a look at:

- Arkansas Statehood Centennial Half Dollar - Coins with Stars Thread
- 1935-39 Arkansas Statehood Centennial - Coins Depictine the Animal Kingdom Thread


You can access other of my posts about the Arkansas Statehood Centennial coins and various commemorative coins and medals here: Read More: Commems Collection.


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Great additions! Thanks for posting!


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William McKinley was born in Niles, Ohio on January 29, 1843. He had a long and successful career serving the public, first as a Union soldier during the Civil War, and then as an elected official, eventually becoming the 25th President of the United States.

He was assassinated during the first year of his second term as President, while attending the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, NY. He was shot on September 6, 1901 and died eight days later on September 14 at the age of 58.

He was elected to the US House of Representatives in 1876, beginning his service in the 45th Congress on March 4, 1877 and continuing to serve in the 46th and 47th Congresses. He began his fourth term as one of Ohio's elected Representatives in the 48th Congress, serving over one year of the two-year session, but was removed when his election was successfully contested by Johnathan Wallace. McKinley returned, however, in the next Congress and was re-elected two more times. Overall, he served in the House from 1877 to 1891. He served as the Governor of Ohio from January 1892 through January 1896, and then President of the United States from March 4, 1897 to September 14, 1901.

Prior to his political career, McKinley joined the Union Army in June 1861 as a private; he became part of the 23rd Ohio Infantry. Within a year, he was promoted to Commissary Sergeant (April 1862) and to 2nd Lieutenant (September 1862) after his efforts during the Battle of Antietam. He was later promoted to 1st Lieutenant (February 1863) and Captain (July 1864) for his service (largely as a quartermaster and related administrative roles), as his Union Army service was ending, he was given an honorary promotion to Brevet Major. He served Ohio throughout the Civil War (1861-1865). Following the War, McKinley had a private law practice until being elected as the County Prosecutor (for Stark County, OH) in 1869; he served in the role until 1871. He maintained a private practice until the launch of his career in Congress.

The 1916-17 William McKinley Birthplace Memorial Gold $1.00 coins were sponsored by the National McKinley Birthplace Memorial Association ("Association"). The Association was incorporated by the US Congress on March 4, 1911 with its objective being "to perpetuate the name and achievements of William McKinley, late President of the United States of America, by erecting and maintaining in the city of Niles, in the State of Ohio, the place of his birth, a monument and memorial building."


William McKinley, Circa 1901


1916 McKinley Birthplace Gold Dollar


For more on the 1916-17 William McKinley Gold Dollar, check out:

- 1916-17 William McKinley Birthplace Memorial Gold Dollar

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Although this coin doesn't actually have a portrait on it, I think it fits this theme - 2010 United Kingdon Two Pounds commemorating Florence Nightingale (1820-1910):

Florence Nightingale is considered the pioneer of modern nursing. Horrified at reports of casualties during the Crimean War, where more soldiers were dying in hospitals than on the battlefield, this upper-class Victorian lady left her home and devoted her life to nursing. Employing methods that were largely commonsense but were considered revolutionary at the time, such as improving hygiene and cleanliness in the wards, she dramatically reduced the level of deaths and was nicknamed 'The Lady with the Lamp' by her patients. She went on to introduce new standards of nursing in major hospitals in London. She was also honoured by a ten-pound Bank of England note issued in 1975.
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