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Monuments Men Receive Congressional Gold Medal

 
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 Posted 10/23/2015  3:09 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add CCFPress to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
US Mint - The Congressional Gold Medal was presented collectively to the Monuments Men Foundation today during a ceremony in Emancipation Hall of the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center.

The group received the nation's highest civilian honor in recognition of its 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 name "Monuments Men" was given to the men and women who served in the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives section under the Allied Armies. Initially, the group was tasked with protecting and temporarily repairing the monuments, churches, and cathedrals of Europe that were damaged due to combat. However, their mission was adapted to identify, preserve, catalogue, and repatriate almost 5,000,000 artistic and cultural items during and following World War II. The Monuments Men saved and recovered some of the world's most famous pieces of art by such renowned artists as Michelangelo, Johannes Vermeer, Jan van Eyck, Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandt, and Leonardo da Vinci.

The Monuments Men Congressional Gold Medal was designed and struck by the United States Mint. The obverse (head side) features a portrayal of soldiers in action, lifting and removing objects from a cave or mine location where Monuments Men discovered stolen works. The artwork depicted represents major works of historic significance the group recovered. The design includes the inscription "MONUMENTS MEN." The obverse was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) artist Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill.

The medal's reverse (tails side) design features some of the thousands of works of art that were at risk from damage, destruction, or theft by Nazi forces, surrounding the inscriptions "IT IS OUR PRIVILEGE TO PASS ON TO THE COMING CENTURIES TREASURES OF PAST AGES" and "GEN. DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER." The design also includes the inscription "ACT OF CONGRESS 2014." The reverse was designed by AIP artist Donna Weaver and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna.

Public Law 113-116, which requires the United States Mint to strike the Monuments Men Congressional Gold Medal, also authorizes the bureau to strike and sell bronze reproductions of the medal. The three-inch medal (product code 15MJ), priced at $39.95, and the 1.5-inch medal (product code 15MK), priced at $6.95, will be available for purchase beginning today at 3 p.m. Eastern Time via the bureau's online catalog at https://catalog.usmint.gov/ and at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may call 1-888-321-MINT (6468).

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 Posted 10/23/2015  3:49 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CelticKnot to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I don't collect bronze medals but this one almost makes me want to start. I'm not thrilled with the design but what it represents is awesome.

Oh and it was a pretty good movie, too.
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 Posted 10/23/2015  4:40 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Warcoinguy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I just started collecting these medals as they have came out with many Military issues. I will get one when ordering something else down the road.
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 Posted 10/23/2015  5:01 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Cascade to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm with celtic. I might get this one. Wish it was in silver and gold too though like the marshal service

I bet Jbuck's gettin one though
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 Posted 10/23/2015  5:24 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I bet Jbuck's gettin one though
Well, it does have Eisenhower's name on it.

I am definitely going to consider it since I have acquired a taste for medals.
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 Posted 10/23/2015  5:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Cascade to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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It has Eisenhower's name on it.


Yup, he was their supreme commander after all
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 Posted 10/23/2015  5:52 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Saw a good TV documentary on this about a year ago.
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Yup, he was their supreme commander after all
It was meant to explain my interest. I edited my post to be more accurate of my intention and now your quote looks a little bit off. Sorry!
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I know jbuck. I put that in there for those that may not know. Not for you of coarse

And posts regularly look a little bit off so no worries lol
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 Posted 10/28/2015  4:59 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bizybackson to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Medals are head and shoulders above the designs of the specialty circulating coinage by far. This one is pretty awesome and like jbuck, I've acquired a taste for the 3" inch bronze medal duplicates. The dollar sized medals just don't work for me as medallic sculpture. My all time favorite is the Apollo 11/New Frontiers for the 4 astronauts. If the 50th Annivesary commemorative comes to pass, it would be lucky to be anywhere as nice as the 3" inch medal.
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