Continuing the showcase of candidate designs image released by the United States Mint are the candidates for the Congressional Gold Medals honoring the World War II Civil Air Patrol and Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Code Talkers.
Under Public Law 113-108, a single Congressional Gold Medal was authorized to be awarded collectively to the World War II members of the Civil Air Patrol in recognition of their exemplary military service and exemplary record during World War II. The unpaid volunteer civilian members of the Civil Air Patrol used their own aircraft to perform a myriad of essential tasks for the military and the Nation, logging more than 500,000 flying hours, sinking two enemy submarines, and saving hundreds of crash victims during World War II.
The medal is to contain suitable emblems, devices, and inscriptions as determined by the Secretary of the Treasury. The US Mint provided a total of 31 different candidate designs for the obverse and reverse of the medal.
The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Code Talkers Congressional Gold 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 Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa there were five obverse and three reverse design candidates provided.
Detailed coverage of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee’s discussion of the design candidates and their recommendations has just been published on Coin Update.
The complete set of design candidates for each medal appear below.
World War II Civil Air Patrol Congressional Gold Medal Design Candidates
Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Code Talkers Congressional Medal Design Candidates