Named in honor of America’s legendary Founding Father and first President, the USS George Washington (CVN-73) was commissioned on Independence Day in 1992 as the sixth ship of the Navy’s famed Nimitz class.
Displacing 97,000 tons and stretching 1,092 feet from bow to stern, this mighty aircraft carrier boasts a 4.5-acre flight deck and is capable of traveling at a top speed of 35 knots. Carrying a full complement of 85 combat aircraft and 5,500 battle-ready crew, the USS George Washington has completed more than a half-dozen deployments in defense of America’s freedom. Executing a vital role in Operation Iraqi Freedom, the “GW” continues to operate as a major component of America’s global defense strategy from its forward deployment in Yokosuka, Japan.
This coin pays tribute to the USS George Washington and salutes the outstanding service of her crew. The obverse contains the bust of America’s first President depicted next to the phrase: “Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.” The reverse contains the seal of the USS George Washington.
Minted in deep relief using a special “splash minting” process, this coin is struck in a brass alloy and finished in antique bronze.
Each coin measures 1.75 inch (44mm) in diameter.