American Fighter Aces Bronze Medal

Earlier today, the Congressional Gold Medal was collectively awarded to the American Fighter Aces in recognition of their heroic service to the United States throughout the history of aviation warfare.

The award of the medal was authorized under Public Law 113-106. An American Fighter Ace is a fighter pilot who served honorably in a United States military service and destroyed five or more confirmed enemy aircraft in aerial combat during a war or conflict in which American armed forces participated. Aces have served in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. More than 60,000 fighter pilots have flown since World War I, but fewer than 1,500 are called Fighter Aces.

The United States Mint had previously prepared six different obverse and eight different reverse design candidates for the medal, which were provided to the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) and the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) for review and recommendation. Images of all design candidates can be found here. The recommendations of the CCAC and CFA can be found here.

The final designs selected by the Secretary of the Treasury appear below.


The obverse design features four pilots representing World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. An ace of spades appears at center with a winged globe below, symbolizing the global impact of the groups’ service. The inscriptions read “American Fighter Aces”, “Army”, “Navy”, “Air Force”, and “Marines”. The obverse was designed by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill.


The reverse features four aircraft flown by American Fighter Aces with five stars to represent the minimum number of aerial combat victories required for certification. The inscriptions include “Duty, Courage, Aggressiveness”, “2014”, and “Act of Congress”. The reverse was designed and sculpted by Don Everhart.

As in the past, the United States Mint has made bronze duplicate versions of the Congressional Gold Medal available for sale. A 3-inch version of the medal is available priced at $39.95 and a 1.5-inch version of the medal is available priced at $6.95.

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  1. Louis says

    Hi Dusty- I was not aware of that. I would call customer service and check with them. When I see comments others leave it does not have their address, just a name, which can be anything. I believe you just need to be signed in and then post the comment and all it would say is “dustyroads.”

  2. says

    I am a novice collector for the past 5 years – I have been reading the Mint News Blog & watching cable ‘coin’ TV long enough to be dangerous.

    My question:
    Do coins deteriorate in the current year plastic holders from PCGS (slabs) or the US Mint plastic. Specific to the question: PCGS 5oz. ATBs & US Mint holder containing the ‘2015 Silver Proof coin assortment’?

    Will PCGS slabbed gold coins deteriorate?

    If so what should be done?

    Thanks for a response.

  3. GoldFishin says

    @Silky- I will summarize my experience with the issues you mentioned.
    First, I have had zero problems with NGC holders, gold or silver. I own both NGC and PCGS gold coins. It seems to me that there are problems with PCGS holders and gold coins. But, I personally have never had a problem with 24K gold coins, only 90% gold coins. They tend to darken or develop an bronze or orange-ish patina, that frequently is not uniform in appearance. Having said that, I have never had a PCGS gold coin turn just down right ugly, maybe I have been lucky. But, there is a mountain of evidence that suggests many gold slabbed PCGS coins have some serious issues. It could be some folks may not be properly storing their coins and they may also live in high humidity areas or mountainous areas with the barometric pressure and humidity levels experience wide swings on an ongoing basis.
    I have not heard of any significant problems with US Mint coins that are stored in the direct-fit type capsules like any of the Commemorative or ATB 5 oz coins are in. However, the US Mint Proof set capsules in my opinion are of lesser quality and have experienced some issues with hazing and spotting….maybe because of the same issues I mentioned above. Personally, I think it is critical that you store any coin, slabbed or not, in low humidity climate controlled conditions. It is also beneficial to use dessicant pouches in whatever storage container you utilize. I keep my 5 oz coins in airtight ammo cans with good seals. I normally buy them new or make sure the seal is nice and plump. Hope this helps some…I would be happy to answer any further questions you may have if I can. Good Luck>>>>

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