16th Street Baptist Church Bombing Victims Bronze Medal

At a ceremony held yesterday at the U.S. Capitol Building, a Congressional Gold Medal was awarded posthumously to Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley. These four young black girls lost their lives in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama on September 15, 1963. The bombing and death of the four girls served as a catalyst for the civil rights movement and contributed to support for the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The Congressional Gold Medal was authorized under Public Law 113-11, which provided only broad guidance on the design for the medal. The medal was to be “of appropriate design to commemorate the lives of Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley” and contain “suitable emblems, devices, and inscriptions.” The final designs were selected by the Treasury of the Secretary in consultation with the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the Commission of Fine Arts, and the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.

16th Street Baptist Church Bronze Medal

The obverse design features a silhouette of the four girls, with inscriptions of their names around the outer border of the design. Additional inscriptions “Pivotal in the Struggle for Equality” and “September 13 1963” appear incused across the silhouettes. The obverse was designed by Barbara Fox an engraved by Jim Licaretz.

The reverse depicts a view of the 16th Street Baptist Church. The inscriptions include “Act of Congress 2013” above, “Killed in the Bombing of the 16th St. Baptist Church” to the left, and “Birmingham, Alabama” beneath. The reverse was designed by Donna Weaver and engraved by Joseph Menna.

The United States Mint will offer bronze reproductions of the Congressional Gold Medal. The 3-inch bronze medal is priced at $39.95 and the 1.5-inch bronze medal is priced at $6.95. These will go on sale today, September 11, 2013 at 12:00 Noon ET.

The 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing Victims Bronze Medal is issued ahead of next year’s 2014 Civil Rights Act of 1964 Silver Dollar. Designs for the commemortive silver dollar were recently covered on Coin Update News.

In the coming year, I could see the US Mint potentially issuing a special numismatic product incorporating both the medal and silver dollar. Several of the candidate designs for the silver dollar utilized a similar silhouetted style as the medal obverse, although the CFA and CCAC have supported alternative designs.

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  1. thePhelps says

    I missed the designs for the Civil Rights coin… I like the selections as recommended the CCAC. The others look like protests and not actually honoring the event as the CCAC noted.

    If I was collecting bronze medals… I’d purchase this one…I like the imagery and history.

  2. VARich says

    OT: Oops, I spoke to soon…, the Annual Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set is back on the TBD list. That lasted less than 24 hours…

  3. Smiledon says

    I was hoping that the mint released a coin with MLK on the front, and his “I have a dream” speech on the back for the civil rights coin. Like the way the Lincoln coin was made. That was a well made coin, had history on it, and was at a good price. The gold coin with the little girls on it has made me feel unsettled. Too many people died on the road to civil rights, and show casing the little girls has the feeling of favoritism. What about the 3 civil rights workers that was the basis for the movie Mississippi Burring? Many a young black male died for no reason on the long road to civil rights. OK, if the reason is for the age of the little girls, what about Emmett Louis Till? Why not give his family a gold coin? He was only 14 at the time. I guess what I want to say is so many faces of the dead on this road, why not make it generic so that all the families will feel included.

  4. Samuel says

    off topic, i just opened the WPs recently received, 4 out 5 sets, on the reverse proof coin, there is a 1.5-mm shiny scratch under the “A” in the word “DOLLAR”, 4 coins, exactly the same position. i wonder why. and, all 5 enhanced, have small dirt kind of thing inside the capsule, obviously, were opened before. the first order i received awhile ago, were very clean inside the capsule.

  5. Jon in CT says

    Sounds like you need to subscribe to the Medal-of-the-Day program (or get your congressional delegation to sponsor such a program).

  6. Ray says

    @Smiledon, not a bad idea, but Dr King’s speech is copyrighted until 2038 (I think). Try to find video of his speech in full online. Surprisingly, it isn’t easy to find, and if you do find it, it’s usually only a matter of time before the host pulls it. You can go to Amazon and buy it though. The King family sought help in protecting the copyright, so they inked a deal with either EMI or Sony (who protects a lot of copyrighted material), which included a significant percentage of the copyright. Its all a very interesting story. I dont know anyone who doesn’t think it should be in the public domain. Crazy right?

  7. oldfolkie says

    @ Smilodon, I agree with you, something a bit more generic would have been fitting. I still can’t believe we don’t have Martin Luther King on a commemorative, but we have had Louis Braille.

  8. ABC says

    We probably don’t have a Martin Luther King coin because the family probably has the copyrights to his likeness. All the proceeds from the sale of any commemorative would’ve gone to his family.

  9. fmtransmitter says

    Second time my item was mis delivered but was in my mailbox unopened today. Yeah! Good people still out there…

  10. fmtransmitter says

    Thanks so much for clarifying the USPS policy’s on protecting our assets in transit. Really REALLY appreciate everyone on here…

  11. Smiledon says

    I do have to wonder how a public speech made by some one in a public place
    is copy write protected. Well, if that is true, it explains why we are getting
    what we are getting. Then the gold medal should have made for MLK,
    and then I could see it making more of an impact. Well, I still feel the
    current gold medal has that faint odor of PC. That is how I feel.

  12. stephen m says

    That’s crazy, while i understand money talks King’s speech should be ready available to all whom want to read it. For free not a fee. I think the family should back up on this one.

  13. fmtransmitter says

    I tried to find the term for the “texture edge” on the reverse of this coin. I like it and it is unique and reminds me of ancients. Am I using the correct term for this?

  14. Jon in CT says

    Smiledon wrote on September 12, 2013 at 4:01 am:
    Well, I still feel the current gold medal has that faint odor of PC. That is how I feel.

    You should see a doctor – you’ve lost all sense of smell. How could it possibly be PC to get your name on a Congressional Gold Medal as an 11-year-old?

  15. Smiledon says

    @ Jon in CT,
    We tend to see things based on what we learned, saw, and felt first hand.
    4 young ladies died that day. Not one. That action was an ugly, cowardice thing.
    They just had the ugly misfortune of being in the wrong place @ the wrong time.
    I would challenge you to ask why not honor the 3 young civil rights workers that where also murdered, then buried in an earth damn? They went out trying to help people exercise their right to vote. Since the senseless murder of children evokes out rage, why not use the dead children to keep people agitated. That is why I believe this is more of the PC stuff being forced out. Again, that is my opinion. I had the honor of having a father who lived in that time, felt first hand what was going on, and made sure his kids would not have the hate that was so common back then. So that is why I see this as playing favorites along with keeping people bickering.

  16. high low silver says

    I agree with Smiledon. What’s next a Kent State medal in 2020??……..Ft Mchenry launch in Baltimore @ 10am tomorrow.

  17. VARich says

    Off Topic – 5 Star Generals Profile Set, anyone receive one yet?

    If so, thoughts/comments.., worth taking a gander??? Thanks

  18. VARich says

    2013 Presidential Discovery Set – This product is temporarily unavailable.

    Must be for repricing! Haha

  19. thePhelps says

    VARich – yeah I got this last weekend and wish I had held off my other Generals purchases. Well except the proof which is stellar.

    The packaging and display are really nice and my coins in this set look better than the halves and dollar I got before…

  20. VARich says

    Hey thanks thePhelps! I’m a history buff so I think I’ll need to pick one up for posterity sake. I really like this free shipping – you can just fire at will!

  21. vaughnster says

    Received my 5 oz. bullion Ft. McHenry ATB puck from Provident today and it was outstanding. No wipe marks and a mirror finish on both sides. Hope the Perry’s Victory was an abberation. PCGS just posted the grades from the six RP Buffaloes I sent in: Three PF70’s and three PF69’s. Very good day today 🙂

  22. Jack in N.E says

    VARich I received my 5 Star Generals Profile Set yesterday.I was very pleased in the layout and condition of the coins.

  23. Hidalgo says

    @VARich – I received my 5 Star Generals Profile Set. Love it! It’s one of the better sets that the US Mint has offered. Very professionally done. The materials used are of high quality. And my coins are of high quality.

  24. VARich says

    Thanks Gents – great to hear! I just ordered one. 🙂

    With Au quickly approaching $21.8, may have to considering picking up another FMH puck and an old Gettysburg I’ve always wanted. This year continues to get more expensive and I’m well overspent on Rich’s Christmas Wish List

  25. VARich says

    Provident has the ‘Notify Me’ – Coming Soon banner up on Mt. Rushmore puck.., far earlier than for FMH.

  26. Jon in CT says

    VARich wrote on September 12, 2013 at 4:47 pm:
    Provident has the ‘Notify Me’ – Coming Soon banner up on Mt. Rushmore puck.., far earlier than for FMH.

    That bullion coin won’t be available to APs until Nov 4.

  27. VARich says

    Jon – yes, you are correct.

    My posting was simply a courtesy heads-up to fellow bloggers that Provident ‘expected’ receipt of Mt. Rushmore. Which was not the case with FHM as I called them a couple of times and their receipt of the coin did not seem timely (which I posted), actually they had no clue when it might be received.

    I bought into an early FMH Bullion at $148 which rather disappointed me and now I see I can get the same coin at $126 and according to another fellow poster, a FMH from Provident (which seems to be the preferred venue of choice out here) that has the mirror like or proof like ‘sky’ that I wanted.

    So lesson learned here, I wish I had waited and didn’t jump the gun. Perhaps when MTR comes out and Prov has it, we can all save a few $$$. Cheers!

  28. smiledon says

    I am going to get the zombie coin collection that was started.
    I am not into the 5 oz coins, and the once gold coins are too rich for me.
    So, I will get the zombies. That looks to be a nice little collection of 10 coins.

  29. smiledon says

    @ VA Rich,
    I bought the coins that where not in the set. I got one gold, 2 silver, and 2 clad coins. I also like the history of the people, and what they had to do to ensure we are still free today. I take the coin out of the case, tape it to a biography page I make, and then have the page laminated. I enjoy typing up a one page biography of those people. The things you can learn.

  30. fmtransmitter says

    My WP set arrived just now. After LOOOONG wait at first glance they look stunning. Better that the slabbed ones, but I will know more under the loupe. Have to admit, the boxes mentioned and blogged about so much are really nice. Have a nice padded cloth, nice COA. Very pleased except boxed and taped up rather hastily. All in all, glad I got the set and the anticipation never wore off. I am in for long haul in this hobby. Have a great weekend fellow collectors…

  31. fmtransmitter says

    @MarkInFlorida: Please post your thoughts on the set. I am curious as to what others feel about the entire package. OGP, coins condition, COA etc…Thanks…

  32. fmtransmitter says

    Thought I would share with bloggers this High Relief Coin I found on Panda America of Frank Gasparro 2004 Freedom for All design. Looks like a high quality coin and reasonable price. Who knows what it will look like once I get it, IF I get it, but I got paid so I figured I would pop on it. If anyone owns this HR coin please share your thoughts.


  33. gary says

    @fm checked out the 2004 Freedom. Really nice interpretation of Statue of Liberty on the obverse. Should look great in high relief! The reverse is so-so… kind of uninteresting. I always liked the work of Frank Gasparro.

  34. Frankie says

    The standard proof buffalo now has the followoing note on its website:
    Product will be available for shipping 09/28/2013
    If that date keeps going up by one day every day now, it is likely the US Mint are now down to the last few… The same thing applies to the White Mountain 5oz ATB coin.
    The last reported buffalo sales were 14,332 which looks like the US Mint minted around 15k of the 2013 release. Of course, they could just be in the process of minting another batch…

  35. MarkInFlorida says

    Thanks vaugnster, I just ordered one from Provident. Land time APMEX got the shiny ones and Provident got the rubbed ones. I’ll see if I get a good one too.
    WIll let you know FMT, it should arrive Monday.
    I HOPE the regular proof buffalo has a quick sellout!

  36. Taribor says

    Are they allowed to stop minting a product below the stated mintage limit, even before the end of the year?

  37. charles says

    The regular Proof buffalo has been on sell for less than 4 months It is highly unlikely they are near a sellout.

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