Yesterday, the Congressional Gold Medal was collectively awarded to the U.S. Army’s 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the Military Intelligence Service, also known as the Nisei Soldiers of World War II. The gold medal was designed and struck by the United States Mint. As they have done in the past, they have also produced 3 inch and 1.5 inch bronze reproductions of the medal and made them available for sale to collectors.
The award was authorized by an Act of Congress in order to recognize the dedicated service of the Nisei (second-generation Americans of Japanese ancestry) Soldiers during World War II. The text of the law available here provides information on the recipients of the award and their service during the war.
The obverse of the medal, designed by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Charles L. Vickers, depicts Nisei soldiers from both the European and Pacific theaters. The 442nd Regimental Combat Team color guard is depicted in the lower field of the medal. Inscriptions are “Nisei Soldiers of World War II” and “Go For Broke”, the motto of the 442nd RCT, which was eventually used to describe the work of all three units being honored.
The reverse, designed and sculpted by Don Everhart, includes the insignias the 1100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and Military Intelligence Service. The insignia depict a taro leaf and traditional Hawaiian helmet, the Torch of Liberty shoulder patch, and a sphinx. Inscriptions around the edge include the titles of the three units next to their respective insignias “100th INF BN”, “442nd RCT”, and “Military Intelligence”. The remaining inscriptions are “Act of Congress 2010” on a ribbon and “1941-1946 in the upper right field.
The designs for the medal match the recommendations of both the Commission of Fine Arts and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee. These were selected from a field of three different obverse design candidates and three different reverse candidates. You can read about the CCAC’s discussion of the design candidates here.
The US Mint offers the 3 inch version of the bronze medal for $44.95 and the 1.5 inch version for $7.95.