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On This Day in History (February 19th, 1945) : The Invasion of Iwo Jima

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Author: Stack's Bowers Galleries / Thursday, February 18, 2021 / Categories: Did You Know?

Did you know that during the final year of World War II, on February 19, 1945, United States Marines invaded the Pacific Island of Iwo Jima? The island was barren with the exception of Japanese artillery, but the United States saw it as essential to their strategy to win the war in the Pacific. With control of Iwo Jima, the United States would be able to construct airstrips and launch an attack on Japan,  only 600 miles away. Perhaps the most famous image of the invasion was taken atop Mount Suribachi as six men raised the American Flag.

This same image is depicted on a medal that Stack’s Bowers Galleries sold in 2012 for $805. The medal, struck in silver, is one of 60 struck. It was quite large at 72.9 mm and 212.2 grams. If you have any Numismatic Americana or Exonumia that you need information about or are considering selling, contact the experts at Stack’s Bowers Galleries. Email us at [email protected] and we will happily reply.