At a ceremony held yesterday, a Congressional Gold Medal was awarded to the World War II members of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP). The medal was authorized under Public Law 113-108 and recognizes the organization for their humanitarian, combat, and national services during a critical time for our nation.
The United States Mint had initially prepared 15 different obverse and 12 different reverse design candidates for the medal, along with some additional variations. The full slate of design candidates can be found here.
The candidates were reviewed by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) and Commission of Fine Arts (CFA), who each offered their recommendations. Coverage of the recommendations can be found here and here. The final designs were selected by the Secretary of the Treasury and were not publicly revealed until the actual award of the medal.
The selected obverse design differs from the recommendations of the CCAC and CFA. Two CAP volunteers, one male and one female, are depicted watching the skies. In the background is the image of a tanker escorted by CAP planes overhead. Inscriptions include “Civil Air Patrol” and “1941-1945”.
The selected reverse design matches the recommendation offered by the CFA. A partial laurel wreath representing honor and service surrounds the CAP’s insignias. The inscriptions read “Honor”, “Civilian Volunteers Who Flew Armed & Humanitarian Missions”, and “Act of Congress 2014”.
As in the past, the United States Mint has made bronze duplicate versions of the Congressional Gold Medal available for sale. A 3-inch version of the medal is available priced at $39.95 and a 1.5-inch version of the medal is available priced at $6.95.
American $1 Coin and Currency Set Update
Another update on the American $1 Coin and Currency Set… the product is once again available to order on the US Mint website under “backorder” status. The product now carries an ordering limit of 5 units per household. Until now, when it was not out of stock, the product had been available to order in unrestricted quantities.
Recently, the US Mint has been much more fluid with their product limits and ordering limits. As discussed in a recent post, all three of this year’s 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half Dollar products saw subsequently announced or subsequently adjusted product limits.
In the past, product limits had typically remained fixed, although sell outs could occur at lower levels. Household ordering limits had typically been put in place from the start of sales and if warranted later increased or removed. We have now seen these typical patterns broken, which may have implications for collector perceptions of future offerings.