Yesterday, the Congressional Gold Medal was awarded to human rights activist Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in recognition of her courageous and unwavering commitment to peace, nonviolence, human rights and democracy in Burma. The medal was authorized under Public Law 110-209, enacted on May 6, 2008.
The obverse of the medal features a portrait of of Suu Kyi based on a photograph by Eddie Adams. (See the photograph here.) The reverse depicts a peacock with inscriptions “Dedicated to promoting freedom and democracy in Burma” and “Act of Congress 2008″. Both the obverse and reverse were designed and sculpted by Don Everhart.
The United States Mint will offer bronze reproductions of the medal for sale, starting today September 20, 2012 at 12:00 Noon ET. A 3-inch version is available priced at $39.95 and a 1.5-inch version is available priced at $6.95.