United States Mint Nelson Mandela Bronze Medals

While browsing the United States Mint’s online catalog, I noticed that the Mint is offering Nelson Mandela Bronze Medals. These had originally been offered for sale back in September 1998, and were apparently brought back on December 12, 2013.

These medals are bronze reproductions of the Congressional Gold Medal authorized under Public Law 105-215 enacted July 29, 1998 and awarded to Nelson Mandela at a ceremony held at the U.S. Capitol Building’s Great Rotunda on September 23, 1998. The medal was awarded in recognition of his lifelong dedication to the abolition of apartheid and the promotion of reconciliation among the people of the Republic of South Africa. Nelson Mandela passed away on December 5, 2013 at the age of 95.

Nelson Mandela US Bronze Medal

The obverse contains a portrait of Nelson Mandela designed by T. James Ferrell. Inscriptions within an outer ring surrounding the portrait include PRESIDENT NELSON ROLIHLAHLA MANDELA and SOUTH AFRICA.


The reverse design by Thomas D. Rogers contains the central inscription PRESIDENT MANDELA DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO THE VICTORY OF DEMOCRACY OVER APARTHEID with compass points and the sun logo of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund above. A semi-circle of children holding hands and overlapping branches complete the image. The inscription BY ACT OF CONGRESS 1998 appears at the base.

The US Mint offers a 1.5-inch version of the medal priced at $6.95 and a 3-inch version of the medal priced at $39.95.

It is uncertain how long these medal may remain available. The authorizing legislation which allows the Secretary of the Treasury to strike the bronze duplicates does not provide a specific end date for sales or production. Typically, the Mint has offered the bronze duplicates immediately following the award of the Congressional Gold Medal. After that point, availability of the bronze medals is often sporadic. Some issues remain available for years, others go off-sale, and sometimes older medals are brought back.

For now, the medals can be found on this page of the US Mint’s website.

Weekend Reading:

US Mint Products of the Past: 2006 Benjamin Franklin Coin & Chronicles Set
Early Commemorative Coins: 1935 Hudson Sesquicentennial Half Dollar

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  1. zeeman says

    I read some where that all Mandela coins are going up in value, i donot know about medals, but anyway he is one of my moderen day Hero’s.

  2. JBK says

    They are bronze, but the small ones are bright/BU, whereas the larger ones have an applied patina. Yeard ago they had a darker patina as is done with art bronze scultpures, but the newer ones have an easier chemical process and are lighter in color.

  3. fmtransmitter says

    Well my bag just arrived, afraid it is a MS 69 at best. Should I sell it on fleebay? Has anyone seen for sale on there?
    I still have the code talkers medals in my wish list. If I can find an album for them I will buy them. Wish they were offered in silver, would be a wonderful set to own along with this medal.

  4. VA Bob says

    Yet the Mint can’t seem to get the US presidents bronze medals in stock. The Washington to Eisenhower medals have been unavailable for years. So glad we can get foreign presidents medals available as needed though. When is Putin’s going on sale?

  5. Jerry Diekmann says

    Putin’s medal will be going on sale at the same time they re-release President Warren Harding’s – NOT.. Actually, neither of them should ever show up on any medal, IMO.

  6. zeeman says

    VA BOB@
    i beg to disagree, he is not any foreign president, he is “NELSON MANDELA”.

  7. VA Rich says

    BASE BALL HOF COINS at ANA Conference in Atlanta –

    Anyone do a fly by of the coins on display?

    Any of the coins “enhanced”? Thanks

  8. Hidalgo says

    What an outstanding tribute to one of the world’s greatest leaders! Nelson Mandela sacrificed years of his life so that people of all colors could live free in a racially segregated society. He cherished the idea of people living together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It was an ideal which he hoped to live for and to achieve. It was also an ideal for which he was prepared to die.

    @VA Rich – I’m sure we’ll see an article and photos very soon if the baseball coins are at the ANA Conference in Atlanta. Hold on tight!

  9. Ray says

    Any news from the ANA Conference? I’m dying to see pics of the HoF coins, and also curious if they are taking preorders, and how much each coin is? YEah, i have a lot of questions.

  10. Louis says

    The coins are on display as stated in the Mint’s press release. They are not for sale. The Mint does not do pre-orders and can’t sell before the 3/27 release date. These are all long-standing policies.

  11. VA Bob says

    zeeman – I’m unconcerned how many burning tires he put around the necks of his countrymen to gain popularity and admiration worldwide. I am concerned that the Mint can’t even make our own countries leaders bronze medals available in a timely manner.

  12. VA Rich says

    Ray – you can go out the ANA site below and see a lot of photos of saddle ridge coins, Rios, and set up though none of the HOF coins which is odd. I would have thought there would have been more attention focused on the display, especially if one of the coins showed up ‘enhanced,’ which I assume is not the case now. http://nationalmoneyshow.com/

  13. VA Rich says

    Sam – you bring up a very good point that I missed earlier, that’s 50k across all product offerings, it could go quick, real quick. The dynamics would certainly change further it a special set such as a 3-coin or 6-coin was offered, which we may see.

  14. charles says

    I think if the mint was going to offer a 3 or 6 coin set, they would of done it from the start…and they aren’t…so they will not offer them.

  15. says

    imho…while I know the Baseball Hof coins will sell well, (I like them) there are also quite a few people on this blog that don’t care for a curved coin.

    I’d be very surprised if the gold coin has sold more than 20-25 thousand when the first sells report comes out. Then, sell will slow and I think the gold coins will be available for several weeks, maybe months.

    I think a lot of people may not want to spend over $400 on what they consider a novelty and not a “real” coin, and may opt for the more affordable silver dollars and clad half dollar coins…just to satisfy their curiosity.

    Also, while these coins may carry some short term premiums, I think long term they will fall back below issue price as they will be readily available due to the high sells. These coins(especially the gold), are truely for the collector….something new & unique…a first of it’s kind from the US Mint.

    I look forward to seeing how this plays out, and look forward to reading others predictions as well.

  16. Hidalgo says

    Does anyone know how the third party graders will encase the curved coins? I would imagine new cases will have to be created to accommodate the unique shape. There are cases for the 2012/2013 Australia Southern Sky curved coins, so I would imagine the third party graders would use a similar concept to encase the Baseball Hall of Fame coins.

  17. VA Rich says

    charles – the mint has stated that a Special CR set may be released this year, it is not being broadcasted from the start. Reflecting back since 2008 starting with the ’08 Buffalo, we’ve seen surprise offerings that were not identified up from early on. I suspect many of the posters out here could go further back than my frame of reference. I think a 6 pack of balls would sell very well for the mint, it’s been a while since they’ve offered that set combo. Fingers crossed here.

  18. SoapyJD says

    If the Mint sells ALL the HOF coins scheduled for production, it will yield $9.5 million. Not a bad windfall for a non-profit entity.

  19. smiledon says

    I have a question that I am asking for fed back; I just bought something called copdots. http://www.copdots.com/ for anyone to learn more about it.
    My question is this; will the cons out weight the pros to use this on the coin’s edge. A small amount of glue is used to place the “DNA” on the item. I am kicking this idea around in my head for now. I used this stuff on the power tools, and the like.

  20. Ray says

    WHen is this multiyear special product schedule being posted? And is the Mercuty Dime design being commemorated for its 100th? Will there be a Paladium coin this year?

  21. says


    I think the baseball coins will be a red-hot seller simply due to their relatively unique nature as the first curved coin the US Mint has made. If the gold Kennedies weren’t presumably on the way, I’d expect the baseball coins to be the “hot” product of the year.

    With that being said, I also agree there will not be high premiums on these pieces. They’re going to be very common unless an unexpected sellout occurs, which I think is extremely unlikely, Given the high mintage of commemoratives, I would be very surprised if any of the six types actually sells out.

  22. Nick says

    @smiledon… I wouldn’t put them on coins even if they didn’t use glue. I trust my 1911

  23. Dustyroads says

    Hidalgo, I’ve thought about that too. I’m guessing that the TPG’s will use a clear plastic spacer between the two halves to give the coin being encapsulated the extra depth it needs. The US Mint has most likely also had to order redesigned capsules. If that’s the case, anyone planning to have these coins graded, might consider keeping them, they could be hard to find someday.

  24. VA Bob says

    Smiledon, I’m with Nick. The adhesive can’t be good for the coin. Besides what if you wanted to sell it? It would probably be all right on a slab.

  25. Smiledon says

    @ Nick,
    I gather that is the M1911a1 with APC rounds?
    @ VA Bob, I was kicking this idea, and I guess in
    the long run, it will not help since coins do not
    have a serial number.

  26. Nick says

    You are correct sir. Better for home defense than calling 911 or having a sharp stick

  27. Dustyroads says

    fm, They’re trending I guess, but just as I don’t mind older holders, they should still sell well decades from now simply because a lot of people will remember them.

  28. says

    Samual…I always respect your comments….but PCGS uses the DCAM for “deep cameo” and NGC uses UCAM “Ultra Cameo”….they are the same thing.
    The only reason the PCGS coins go for more is “perception”…they are the same coins and 9 times out of 10 would crossover as equals.

  29. samuel says

    Steve, but in fm’s post he compared NGC PF 70 vs.PR70DCAM. he did not mentioned the “UC”. so i assume that makes the difference.

  30. says

    Samual, that very well be the case….but DCAM and UCAM are the same thing…99% of proof coins graded by PCGS or NGC will carry the DCAM or UCAM designation…I

  31. samuel says

    Steve, thx for the clarification. i just checked the listings, seems all the NGC 70s are “UC”. so, we better buy the PCGS ones if the price r the same.

  32. Tom says

    The coin books and mint site always list the mintage of the Ben Franklin Scientist ms at being 58,000… yet the coin and chronicals add another 50,000 that are not fully accounted for its True total mintage of 108,000?
    It’s still one of the coolest looking modern silver commems from the mint.

  33. Larry says

    What the heck is going on with the Coinworld website? Tried to log on to view my usual Monday morning issue and they changed the website. It says I won’t be able to see the usual stuff until 3/28! WTF! It will not let me login. What are they thinking? This is no way to treat customers.

  34. Larry says

    So I called Coinworld, and they said they are working on it. So hopefully it will be fixed soon.

  35. fmtransmitter says

    Sorry Samuel, I meant PF (UC) 70 NGC vs PCGS PF70 DCAM, same grade, huge difference in price, why?

  36. fmtransmitter says

    Steve seemed to get it..I thought it was an obvious post of what I meant. So I still do not see why one set sells for so much more than the other..

  37. DCDave says

    Gold is quietly marching up again. All the “experts” were publically bearish, so you know big money is buying like crazy.

  38. Larry says

    @DCDave – looks like gold is going up because of the Ukraine problem. So is gas, yuck.

  39. stephen m says

    PCGS is proud of their graded coins. Give me NGC UC over PCGS DCAM. Why pay more for the same coin? Well you get a different label and a different grader. It’s silly to throw more money out for the same coin.

  40. silverhawk357 says

    Off Topic – – Not much of a discount for the Mint’s “10% Discount”. Mint charges 4.95 shipping for each subscription order, so saving is minimal unless your quantity makes up the difference. Ex : 1 reg Proof Set, 1 reg Unc Set and 1 ASE Unc at regular price and one ship charge comes to $108.80. Same items purchase at subscription with 10% discount but each item charged for shipping is $108.30. Save fifty cents!
    I ordered bags and rolls of Kennedys and they shipped them separately. Still a good deal for the weight, but NO DISCOUNT on these….. Sheeeez…

  41. thePhelps says

    silverhawk – ordering 1 of each does limit the discounts impact. Since many of us order more than one the discounted price is rather nice. I generally order 2 of everything and the silver items are the only ones I did setup on subscription. I ordered none of the clad coins on subscription.

    As Hidalgo pointed out the real savings are on the 5 ounce ATB – where one coin nets you $15 off the price.

  42. ike says

    10% off—who do you think will be the big winners—Dealers who order in bulk proof silver eagles–100- for $530 off or 25 5 oz for ———–etc. I read an article quite some time ago that they wanted a discount & now they have it–lol

  43. Larry says

    @ Louis – Does not look like Coinworld is working to me. I can’t login and see the digital edition of the magazine.

  44. Louis says

    Larry- I got an e-mail that took me to the digital edition. Did you get that?
    I also can’t log in from the site and called this morning and was told the soonest it would be up is tomorrow, but I did get to it from the e-mail.
    I wish companies did not feel the need to change their sites so often. If it works, don’t fix it!

  45. Ray says

    Has there been any real pictures of the Baseball HoF coins posted? I still cant find anything. Did the US Mint actually display them this weekend at ANA

  46. says

    ike…all the major internet sellers have said they plan on passing their savings from their subscriptions on to their customers…yeah right…pass me that bong….auuugh..I feel better now.

  47. Louis says

    Ray- Coin World has pics of the BHOF coins being produced and apparently took hundreds of pics while visiting the mint but for some reason only posted a few. The gold coins have not been struck yet, but should be made soon.

  48. Louis says

    So what’s the deal- We get a little snow and everyone decided to hibernate? I mean where I am we got something like 7 inches, but the main roads are fine, and yet I got no mail delivery. I guess the whole “rain, sleet, or snow” thing is an anachronism.

  49. Buzz Killington says

    Hopefully … making billions of throwaway coins each year doesn’t seem to make much sense.

  50. fmtransmitter says

    IMO that dual date gold Kennedy looks stunning, wish I could afford one or ten..:(

  51. Dustyroads says

    I said the same thing about last years proof buffalo, but last year was negative for me. If you’re saying school’s costing you too much, ya then I know what you mean.
    I think the Kennedy should be a good seller, but the closer we get to the on-sell date, we may see some “would be” buyers begin to question their willingness to buy something they haven’t been avid collectors of.
    The good thing for me is that about the time the thing will be hitting the market, I’ll be getting some returns and should be able to consider it. ; )

    If they don’t screw it up by making too many changes!!

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