Yesterday, the United States Mint began sales for the latest Native American Code Talkers Bronze Medal. This bronze medal is a duplicate of the Congressional Gold Medal awarded to Code Talkers of the Crow Nation.
The term “Code Talkers” refers to Native Americans who used their tribal languages as a means of secret communication during wartime. 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, additional tribes with members who served as Code Talkers during World War I or World War II were to be recognized.
Late last year, an initial batch of 25 Congressional Gold Medals were awarded to different tribes. This was followed by an additional medal for the Menominee Tribe released during the summer. At the last indication, a total of 33 different tribes were identified as eligible to be recognized.
For the medal recognizing the Crow Tribe, the US Mint prepared three different obverse and two different reverse design candidates which were reviewed by the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC). The authority to select the final designs rested with the Secretary of the Treasury.
The selected obverse design depicts a variation of the Army Air Corps Wings with the inscription “Crow Code Talkers”. This design was recommended by both the CFA and CCAC. It was designed by Don Everhart and engraved by Jim Licaretz.
The selected reverse design carries the Crow Nation Seal with the inscriptions “Act of Congress 2008” and “World War II”. This design had been recommended by the CCAC. It was designed by Don Everhart and engraved by Renata Gordon.
2014 Research and Development Report
The United States Mint has just released its 2014 biennial report to Congress on the research and development of alternative metals for circulating coins. This is the second report required under the Coin Modernization, Oversight, and Continuity Act of 2010, Public Law 111-302.
The full report can be found on the US Mint’s website here. Stay tuned for Mint News Blog coverage of the report next week.