2021 Ghost Army World War 2 Silver American Eagle 24K Gold Gilding with Transparent Varnish Hidden Walking Liberty Effect 1 oz Silver Coin $1 US Mint .999 Fine History Coin® (w/ Display Stand)
|Face Value||1 Dollar|
|Technique||24K Gold Gilding & Varnish|
This is an exclusive offer for a very short run of only 250 coins. We are pleased to debut this inaugural release from History Coin®. The 2021 Ghost Army Silver Eagle is a collectible coin that represents an incredibly significant moment in American History. As the first coin in our World War II Anniversary series, we have taken great care to research and document this incredible story that honors and remembers the 1,100 members of the Twenty-Third Headquarters Special Troops, aka Ghost Army. Renowned military historian and published author, Dr. James Pruitt, has written a wonderful narrative that explains the events which led to their top-secret classification and we will include a collectible accompanying piece with each order.
Artists, actors, fashion designers, and sound engineers, were all recruited to this super secretive battalion of soldiers in the U.S. Army. Their specialty was deception, and their art was misdirection of the enemy through visual, audio, and radio manipulation. So, it was only fitting to include some trickery in our Ghost Army coin with 24K Gold gilding and metallic finish coloring upon 1 oz of pure .999 Silver. We also did a bit of visual deception using a hidden transparent varnish effect that reveals the Walking Liberty silhouette as the coin spins to meet the light. Be sure to keep these accompanying items on file because they contribute to the collections authenticity and relate to the next coin in the series.
THE STORY OF THE GHOST ARMY:
War, deception, art and glory come together in "The Ghost Army," the astonishing true story of American G.I.s — many of whom would later have illustrious careers in art, design and fashion — who tricked the enemy with rubber tanks, sound effects and carefully crafted illusions during WWII. In 1944, a handpicked group of G.I.s landed in France with truckloads of inflatable tanks, a massive collection of sound effects records and more than a few tricks up their sleeves. They staged a traveling road show of deception on the battlefields of Europe, aimed at Hitler’s legions. From Normandy to the Rhine, the 1100 men of the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops (the Ghost Army) conjured up phony convoys, phantom divisions and make-believe headquarters to fool the enemy about the strength and location of American units. Every move was top secret and their story was hushed up for decades after the war’s end.
Each deception required they impersonate a different (and vastly larger) U.S. unit. These masters of deception mounted an ever-changing multimedia show tailored to each deception. The men immersed themselves in their roles, even hanging out at local cafes and spinning their counterfeit stories for spies lurking in the shadows. Painstakingly recorded sounds of armored and infantry units were blasted from sound trucks; radio operators created phony traffic nets; and inflatable tanks, trucks, artillery and even airplanes were imperfectly camouflaged to be just visible to enemy reconnaissance.
The Ghost Army staged more than 20 deception operations in France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany, often operating dangerously close to the front lines. In the final days of the war they faced their ultimate test: a deception along the Rhine in which thousands of lives depended on their delivering a convincing performance. What they accomplished was kept secret for nearly 50 years. Many of the men were young artists recruited from art schools across the country. In their spare time, they painted and sketched their way across Europe, creating a unique and moving visual record of their war. Vivid interviews with along with historical perspective from experts, bring to life a story of a secret mission stranger than fiction and dazzling performance art designed to save lives.