NORTHWEST TERRITORIAL MINT
USN USS Rushmore LSD-47 Coin
Named after the Mt. Rushmore National Monument in Black Hills, South Dakota, the USS Rushmore (LSD-47) is the seventh ship in the Navy’s Whidbey Island class of dock landing ships. The USS Rushmore plays a critical role in America’s combat and humanitarian missions as it proudly defends the country’s interests in every corner of the globe.
Commissioned on June 1, 1991 in New Orleans, LA, the ship has a displacement of 16,000 tons and carries a crew of over 350 officers and enlisted personnel. Due to its amphibious support capabilities, the USS Rushmore is ideally suited to support the Navy’s foremost strike asset, the Marines, and can carry a detachment of approximately 500.
The ship’s crew proudly counts many humanitarian support missions among its accomplishments including its involvement in 1994 with Operation Support Hope in Somalia -- the largest military humanitarian operation in history. The USS Rushmore’s history includes participation in combat operations in various sectors of the Middle East and delivery of crucial humanitarian aid to Southeast Asia in 2004 after that region’s catastrophic typhoon.
The obverse of the coin features the ship beneath the Mt. Rushmore monument and the ship’s motto, “Nobility, Power” The motto is taken from an excerpt from the commencement speech given by Mt. Rushmore’s sculptor, Gutzon Borglum, during the memorial’s dedication. The coin is minted in a proprietary brass alloy and given a bronze antique finish.
The reverse features the ship’s heraldic imagery that depicts a mountain ridge symbolizing the Black Hills of South Dakota framed by two Black Hills Spruces. An alligator, the traditional amphibious warfare symbol of strength and versatility, is pictured below.