Monuments Men & Rosebud Sioux Tribe Congressional Gold Medal Design Candidates

Completing the presentation of the design candidate images recently released by the United States Mint are the potential designs for two upcoming Congressional Gold Medals.

Under Public Law 113-116, the Congressional Gold Medal is authorized to be awarded collectively to the Monuments Men in recognition of their heroic role in the preservation, protection, and restitution of monuments, works of art, and artifacts of cultural importance during and following World War II.

The United States Mint has prepared twelve different obverse and eight different reverse design candidates for the medal. The obverse design candidates take a number of different approaches including depictions of empty frames to represent looted art, images of the Monuments Men cataloging or recovering the stolen works, several symbolic representations, and lastly images of the actual works recovered. The reverse design candidates feature symbolic elements and the use of text indicating the names of the creators of some of the works of art rescued and a quote from Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Monuments Medal Obverse Design Candidates

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Monuments Men Medal Reverse Design Candidates

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Design candidates were also released for an upcoming Congressional Gold Medal to be awarded to the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Code Talkers. The medal was authorized under Public Law 110-420 Code Talkers Recognition Act of 2008. The Act authorized the award of the Congressional Gold Medal to tribes with members who served as Code Talkers during a foreign conflict in which the United States was involved. A total of 33 different tribes were identified by the Department of Defense. In November 2013, 25 of the 33 medals were awarded at a ceremony with the final 8 medals to be awarded at a later date.

For the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Medal, there were two obverse and two reverse design candidates prepared by the United States Mint. The obverse candidates depict a World War II Code Talker and Sicangu Lakota warrior in profile. The reverse design candidates depict variations of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe seal.

Rosebud Sioux Tribe Medal Obverse Design Candidates

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Rosebud Sioux Tribe Medal Reverse Design Candidates

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  1. thePhelps says

    If for no other reason than – I like it…I want MM08… altho I don’t get the symbology…I like it for the imagery.

    Otherwise 04 and 05… 02 for the reverse.

    Perhaps we need to find a MM group for Iraq?

    I am ok with either Code Talker they pick.

  2. Dave SW FL says

    I’m beginning to wonder how some of the recent designs could ever translate to coinage without losing much of the artwork.
    Maybe they should sculpt them and then take pictures for selection. Just seems very busy to me.

  3. thePhelps says

    Dave…I suggested on the Mark Twain coins… there doesn’t seem to be anyone directing them to create coins at the mint. It appears to be an art contest – and they are targeted to a computer to generate coins from the art.

    Some of the art is good – but to think many of these will actually end up as good coins (or medals in this case) is a little bit of a stretch). Draw something that looks good inside a coin size circle… we’ll have the computer stamp out the images. I think the idea to convey more with less is then lost on many of the “artists” the mint is employing.

  4. GoldFishin says

    OT- Anybody wishing to stack a little silver at current prices. Here is a shopping list for silver COINS….no rounds or bars. The best prices I know of currently. Both Apmex and Provident both have free shipping for orders over $99.

    2015 American Silver Eagles- Lowest price- SD Bullion @$2.25 over spot any quantity. Shipping is $7.77 all orders. Current Price $18.07

    2015 Maple Leafs- SD Bullion- Beginning at $2.49 over spot. Current Price $18.31 and lower. Shipping $7.77

    2015 Britannia- Provident Metals- Starting at $3.25 over spot, as low as $2.29 over spot. Current Price 19.08 Shipping Free over $99

    2015 Canadian Red Tailed Hawk-Birds of Prey Series- SD Bullion Currently $2.99 over spot and lower. Current Price $18.81 and lower.

    Golden Eagle Coins has all three coins in the series at $2.99 over Spot. Peregrine Falcon, Bald Eagle, and Red Tailed Hawk- Current Price $18.76 Shipping $4.95

    2015 Homestead 5 oz Silver- Provident Metals $96.78 and lower
    SD Bullion- $96.05 and lower

    This is just a few of 2015’s current bullion issues. If your favorite dealer in not on the list it is because they are higher in price, sometimes quite a bit higher, Or because I am not aware of a better price currently. Good luck all!!

  5. fmtransmitter says

    GoldFishin: I would agree for online orders, which helps those that are in more rural communities or don’t have coin/bullion shops. If you ARE in a more populated area, local dealer here has always offered $1.25 over spot, trying to get anything is always the problem, your pretty much reduced to whatever they may have bought the day before. I am going to hold out on bullion but I do and ALWAYS will have my buy price!

  6. Dustyroads says

    GoldFishin~ Nice of you to post the search results. With the current trend, it looks like the Mint will be selling overpriced P pucks another year.

  7. Jerry Diekmann says

    I like the 01 obverse and reverse of the Code Talkers medal. This is one of those medals that I would like to buy. My wife’s father was a GI during WW II. He had some Indian blood, but I don’t know how much, but he thought he was part Sioux (he was born in Chanute, Kansas) and he and his uncle Earl certainly did have native American features. My wife Valerie is very proud to have native American heritage, although it is a small percent, to go along with her Irish-English-Danish ancestry.

  8. Jerry Diekmann says

    For the Monuments Men, I like #4 and #7, and being a guy – sorry – I also like #8, although, like thePhelps, I’m not quite sure of the symbolism. I wonder who that Mint artist is that comes up with these Liberty in flowing robes designs – I have to say I am attracted to all of them. None of the reverses really strike me as being that good, maybe #8, but I think Ike’s statement should properly be in quotation marks.

  9. jhawk92 says

    @Jerry Diekmann-

    I agree with you on your post from the previous thread about not having the ’09 proof ASE ( or the burnished ASE for that matter). It sucks that those two collections will always have holes.

  10. merryxmasmrscrooge says

    a little too expensive for my wallet.

    “Rosebud” reminds me of he Columbo episode.
    BTW, would anyone like to see a Peter Falk commem?

  11. Ends in Error says

    The absolute best Peter Falk Commemorative is round and plastic with a prismatic finish.

    I’m talking a “Columbo” DVD Box Set.

    Think I’ll hop on Amazon and see if they have it in stock.

  12. Keep Calm & Stack On says

    GoldFishin~ You Rock! Thanks for posting!

    Oh, and you right on the money with your fleabay timing, I’ve started to get offers left and right now, though while still on the low side, it’s started and they’re inching their way up.

    Dusty – Yep, I’m anxiously awaiting Homelystead sales today, may be quite fortuitous for the rest of the year.

  13. CasualCollector says

    OT: Regarding Sac C&C Edge Lettering Orientation (PCGS – Position A vs. Position B)

    Hi, can anyone with a PCGS Graded Sacagawea from the 2014 Coin and Currency Set tell me exactly what they determine as Position-A vs. Position-B.

    The label seems to have the “reverse” showing (Native American man offering a pipe, while his wife offers provisions of fish, corn, roots and gourds).

    So given the “Reverse” (Tails) side up — if the edge letters are readable, what “Position” do they call that?


  14. mgm says

    Hi all,

    I bought two bullion 5 oz Nebraska Homestead coins. One from Provident Metals and one from AMPEX. Both coins had ugly scratches just above the words Nebraska, and on the other side just above Unum, in the exact same locations on both coins. Come on mint, can’t you do better?

  15. cagcrisp says

    The excel spreadsheet is out. The 5 oz Homestead is showing 15,799…

    IF I was the Mint, I would do Exactly what they are doing. Dropped price $5 (actual increase over 4 of last years subscription prices).

    As long as Sales are as Strong as they are, Why drop prices?

    2014 release of the Everglades first reporting period was 16,243. First reporting period for the Great Sand Dunes was 20,047 and it was released on a Monday with a Subscription price of $139.45.

  16. Brian says

    This post is about congressional gold medals, right? So these are produced in gold and awarded to the actual folks inolved in these brave and heroic acts, right? The art work is beautiful in most cases.

    Now while not mentioned in this post, it is my understanding that many of these are concurrently produced as bronzenreplicas and sold on the Mint website.

    I’m curious as to what people think about the collectibility of mint medals in general. There is no Red Book of mint medals, right? From what I can tell, most coin collectors and numismatists focus on coins, not medals.

    Along these lines I’ve been scratxhing my head regarding this silver high releief “medal” that is to be sumilar to te new liberty higj relief gold coin recently discussed. Are typical coin collectors really going to be buying these? They’ll never shownup in the Red Book will they? Seems there have been other silver medals offeres to the pulic in the past (9/11 memorial, national wildlife, etc) , but they seem WAY less collectible than coins.


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