This post will complete the series showcasing the design recommendations of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) and the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) for upcoming United States Mint coins and medals.
At separate meetings held last month, each group reviewed design candidates provided by the United States Mint for two Congressional Gold Medals. The first was authorized to be awarded 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 second medal is to be awarded to the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Code Talkers under the Code Talkers Recognition Act of 2008.
For the Monuments Men Medal, the US Mint provided 12 different obverse and 9 different reverse design candidates. For the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Medal, there were 2 different obverse and 2 different reverse design candidates. Images of the candidates can be found here.
The CCAC recommended the design candidates shown above for the Monuments Men Congressional Gold Medal. The obverse portrays soldiers in action, lifting and removing objects from inside a cave or mine. The artwork depicted represents major works of historic significance that were recovered by the Monuments Men. The reverse (which was presented as a candidate for the obverse) depicts a recovered work of art superimposed over a spiral graphic illustrating the “Golden Ratio,” which is a formula used to achieve beauty and balance in art and architecture.
The CFA recommended the alternate designs shown above. The recommended obverse features the same images shown in the candidate preferred by the CCAC, but with the addition of a soldier carrying a vase in the foreground. Commission members had found this alternative to be a more legible design. For the reverse, the CFA recommended a design originally presented as an obverse design which represent the thousands of works of art looted by Nazi forces with straightforward text describing the subject of the medal.
The Secretary of the Treasury has the authority to select the final designs for the medal.
Both the CCAC and the CFA recommended the designs shown above for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Code Talkers Congressional Gold Medal, in accordance with the preferences of the tribal liaison.
The obverse depicts a World War II Code Talker and Sicangu Lakotra warrior in profile with eagle feathers placed at the lower border of the design. The reveres depicts a rendition of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe seal.