Native American Code Talkers Bronze Medals

At a ceremony held today in Emancipation Hall in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, thirty three Native American tribes were honored for the dedication and valor of their Code Talkers and their service to the United States Armed Forces during World War I and World War II. Twenty five of the tribes received Congressional Gold Medals with the remaining eight tribes to receive Medals at a later date.

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The term “Code Talkers” refers to Native Americans who used their tribal languages as a means of secret communication during wartime. Back in 2001, a Congressional Gold Medal had been awarded to Navajo Code Talkers for their contributions during World War II.  Under the Code Talkers Recognition Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-420), additional tribes with members who served as Code Talkers during World War I or World War II were to be recognized. Eventually, 33 different eligible tribes were identified.

Public Law 110-420 specifies that the Congressional Gold Medals are to be accepted and maintained by the Smithsonian Institution, which is encouraged to create a standing exhibit for Native American code talkers or Native American veterans. Silver duplicate medals are to be awarded to members (or their next of kin or other personal representative) of the recognized Native American tribes who served in the Armed Forces as a code talker during any foreign conflict in which the United States was involved during the 20th century. Bronze duplicate medals are offered for sale to the public.

The sheer number of medals and the variety of designs makes this an intriguing series. The United States Mint has been working on the designs for quite some time. Articles on CoinUpdate.com have covered the design review phase for most of the medals. Refer to the eight separate articles found here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

The final designs for the first 25 medals in the program are shown below. The US Mint is offering the 3-inch bronze medals featuring the designs for $39.95 each and the 1.5-inch bronze medals for $6.95 each.

Several of the medals have a shipping date of 6/27/2014 indicated.

cherokee-nation

Cherokee Nation

Cheyenne River Sioux

Cheyenne River Sioux

Choctaw Nation Tribe

Choctaw Nation Tribe

comanche

Comanche Nation Tribe

Crow Creek Sioux Tribe

Crow Creek Sioux Tribe

Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribe

Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribe

Ho-Chunk Nation

Ho-Chunk Nation

Hopi Tribe

Hopi Tribe

kiowa

Kiowa Tribe

Meskwaki Nation

Meskwaki Nation

Muscogee Creek Nation

Muscogee Creek Nation

Oglala Sioux Tribe

Ogala Sioux Tribe

Oneida Nation

Oneida Nation

Osage Nation

Osage Nation

Pawnee Nation

Pawnee Nation

ponca

Ponca Tribe

Pueblo of Acoma Tribe

Pueblo of Acoma Tribe

Santee Sioux Tribe

Santee Sioux Tribe

Seminole Nation

Seminole Nation

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate (Sioux) Tribe

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate (Sioux) Tribe

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Tlingit Tribe

Tlingit Tribe

Tonto Apache Tribe

Tonto Apache Tribe

White Mountain Apache Tribe

White Mountain Apache Tribe

Yankton Sioux Tribe

Yankton Sioux Tribe

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Comments

  1. KEITHSTER says

    Gota loveum thanks guys couldn’t have done it as well without them :) Good thing for the empty pockets they didn’t make them out of silver for all us silver talkers. Buttheystillareneatwilltrytogetafewthatilikegoodlucktousallonwhatever:>

  2. fmtransmitter says

    What an intriguing series and set to own. Why go through all that and not stamp them on some silver or gold??????

  3. Dustyroads says

    I’m very proud of our heritage, these medals do an excellent job of depicting the important contributions of our native American brothers in arms. I’m sorry the 3 in. bronze medals are not more affordable and that I really have no direct connections to any native American people, except for my great, great grandfather who incidentally lost his life to a couple Indians in Oklahoma while tending his land in the late 1800’s. The Medals are fantastic looking, I wish I could have them all.

  4. Leo S. says

    Michael,

    The Mint website to order the 5 oz coins is not working at all now. No orders are being accepted. Any infor on what is going on?

  5. Pool Shark says

    fm:

    They’re even cheaper here:
    http://www.air-tites.com/Wholesale_Direct_Fit_Air-Tite_Coin_Holders.htm#.Uo2XDbLTmM8
    I have already gone through two shipments of 250 each… price works out to only $1.20 each. They package them VERY carefully (layered between sheets of packing foam) and they arrive in pristine condition.
    I have been placing my 5 Oz. bullion into the Z5’s, and then putting them in empty monster boxes from APMEX (@ $15.00 each). You can fit 8 coins (in Z5 Airtites) in each mint tube compartment. This allows you to store 80 of the 5 Oz. bullion coins securely in each monster box.

  6. merryxmasmrscrooge says

    If you cannot find a good job or afford to go to college, you can get hands on skills in the Army or other military to help you find a job later. I

  7. gary says

    WOW! Stunning designs on the Code Talker medals. What a great tribute to these native American heroes of World War II.

  8. Jus-a-coin-luvr says

    Just wanted to recommend the deluxe cases that the MInt has for these bronze medals. I have all of my 3″ medals in these cases and they look terrific.
    http://catalog.usmint.gov/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10001&storeId=10001&productId=12058&langId=-1&parent_category_rn=43001

    I’ll be ordering the Cherokee 3″ medal and wish I could afford to buy them all. These medals are a great way to honor this important part of our country’s history and reminds us all that we are all brothers that come together under one cause.

  9. Arizona bill says

    Some of my closest friends in Vietnam were native Americans. They are the most honest and dependable brothers any veteran could wish for.

    VAQ-130

  10. VARich says

    Arizona Bill – good to see a close cousin out here.., you guys are taking the Growler off the “pointie end” now, and yes, this medal series is very deserving.
    VAW-115 off of CV-62/63

  11. VARich says

    Hey Ray – MCM is having a Black Friday sale and has some of those graded AtBs I think you were looking for -

  12. Taribor says

    They should have taken some of the garbage silver commemorative coins of recent years and made them bronze, and taken these great looking coins, and made a silver dollar series (or better yet a 1/2 oz gold coin series) out of them. Artistically these are the best looking designs by far that the mint has come out with in recent years. More of this and less PC ugly looking commems please. Just my opinion.

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