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Monuments Men Receive Congressional Gold Medal

Monuments Men Receive Congressional Gold Medal 

WASHINGTON – 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 at1-800-USA-MINT FREE (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may call1-888-321-MINT FREE (6468).

2015 First Spouse Bronze Medal Series Four-Medal Set Available on Sept. 21

2015 First Spouse Bronze Medal Series Four-Medal Set Available on Sept. 21

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint will open sales for the 2015 First Spouse Bronze Medal Series Four-Medal Set (product code JP9) on Sept. 21 at noon Eastern Time (ET).

Priced at $16.95, this set includes one each of the 2015 medals in 1 5/16- inch size with obverses bearing the likenesses that appear on the First Spouse Gold Coins honoring Bess Truman, Mamie Eisenhower, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Lady Bird Johnson. The medals are packaged in Mylar®, inserted into a folded card containing product information, and placed in a custom-made envelope.

Orders will be accepted at https://www.catalog.usmint.gov/ and at1-800-USA-MINT FREE (872-6468), while hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order at1-888-321-MINT FREE (6468). Information on shipping options is available at https://catalog.usmint.gov/customer-service/shipping.html.

Commemorative Medals to Commemorate the Birth of Giant Panda Bao Bao

The China Mint is officially commemorating the birth of giant panda Bao Bao through the minting and release of limited edition commemorative gold and silver medals. These commemorative medals are available in the form of a 2015 1 oz Proof Bao Bao Silver Medal, a 2015 2 oz Proof High Relief Bao Bao Silver Medal and a 2015 1/10 oz Proof China Panda Bao Bao Gold Medal.

Bao Bao Medals

2015 Smithsonian Institution Official Panda Issue 2 oz Proof HIGH RELIEF China Panda - Bao Bao Silver Medal NGC PF70 UC Proof 70 Ultra Cameo Obverse

2015 Smithsonian Institution Official Panda Issue 2 oz Proof HIGH RELIEF China Panda - Bao Bao Silver Medal NGC PF70 UC Proof 70 Ultra Cameo Reverse

Birth of Giant Panda Bao Bao

Female giant panda Bao Bao, which means “treasure” or “precious” in Chinese, was born in captivity at one of the oldest zoos in the U.S. in 2013, namely the National Zoo in Washington D.C. which forms part of the Smithsonian Institution.

She was born 5 months after her mom, Mei Xiang, was artificially inseminated with the semen of her dad, Tian Tian, in March 2013. This was a very special event as it is usually very rare for this species to be bred and born in captivity.

Bao Bao the Panda 2 days vs 2 months

Bao Bao the Panda 2 days vs 2 months – Source of Image: PandaWhale

Panda Bao Bao was welcomed with open arms, especially considering that giant pandas are an endangered species with only a few hundred left in the world today. In fact, only an estimated 2000 giant pandas survive today and most of them live in their native land, south central China.

It is said that modern day economic expansion has encroached on their natural habitat, greatly reducing their numbers as well as their chances of survival.

Online Vote

Given that it is a tradition in China to give the names of baby pandas to celebrate the 100th day of their lives, panda Bao Bao also received her name a 100 days after she was born.

Her name was determined by the public via an online vote, making her an instant internet sensation. The name Bao Bao had to compete with names such as Ling Hua, Long Yun, Mulan and Zhen Bao; all names with different meanings.

Public Debut and Popularity

Bao Bao made her public debut at the National Zoo on January the 18th, 2014, when hundreds of visitors came to see her.

Panda Bao Bao

Giant Panda Bao Bao – Source of Image: HuffPostGreen

Up to this day she remains popular, especially considering that she was named the “most iconic item” in the collection of the Smithsonian museum, during the Smithsonian Institution’s Summer Showdown in August 2014. Bao Bao beated several other contenders like the Gilbert Stuart’s portrait of George Washington, the Star – Spangled Banner and Woody Guthrie’s “This is Your Land”.

More than 900,000 votes were cast online to decide the winner, and panda Bao Bao won by a 123,000 votes! She has turned out to be quite a treasure, as her name indicates.

2015 1 oz Proof Bao Bao Silver Medal

Obverse

The obverse of each 2015 1 oz Proof Bao Bao Silver Medal features giant panda cub Bao Bao at the National Zoo. It also includes the following inscriptions: “Baby Giant Panda Bao Bao at National Zoo”, an inscription in Chinese and “1oz Ag .999”.

2015 1 oz Proof Bao Bao Silver Medal Obverse

2015 1 oz Proof Bao Bao Silver Medal – Obverse

Reverse

The reverse of each 2015 1 oz Proof Bao Bao Silver Medal features a part of the well-known Smithsonian Institution and the Great Wall of China, which certainly needs no introduction here. The reverse design of each Proof Bao Bao Silver Medal also includes the following inscriptions: “Smithsonian Institution”, an inscription in Chinese and the year, namely “2015”.

2015 1 oz Proof Bao Bao Silver Medal Reverse

2015 1 oz Proof Bao Bao Silver Medal – Reverse

Specs

  • Medal Weight and Metal: 1 Troy oz of 99.9% pure silver
  • Medal Finish: Proof
  • Year of Issue: 2015
  • Maximum Mintage: 25,000

Why should you be interested in the 2015 1 oz Proof Bao Bao Silver Medal?

  • Commemorative medal to celebrate birth of panda Bao Bao.
  • Highly limited (25,000 medals maximum).
  • Proof finish.
  • Three nines fine silver (99.9% pure silver).
  • Perfect gift – panda fans, especially Bao Bao fans.
  • More affordable than other Bao Bao commemorative medals.

2015 2 oz Proof High Relief Bao Bao Silver Medal

Obverse

The obverse of each 2015 2 oz Proof High Relief Bao Bao Silver Medal features giant panda cub Bao Bao at the National Zoo in a different pose that on the 1 oz Proof Bao Bao Silver Medal. It also includes the following inscriptions: “Baby Giant Panda Bao Bao at National Zoo”, an inscription in Chinese and “2oz Ag .999”.

2015 2 oz Proof High Relief Bao Bao Silver Medal Obverse

2015 2 oz Proof High Relief Bao Bao Silver Medal – Obverse

Reverse

The reverse of each 2015 2 oz Proof High Relief Bao Bao Silver Medal features a part of the well-known Smithsonian Institution and the Great Wall of China. The reverse design of each High Relief Bao Bao Silver Medal also includes the following inscriptions: “Smithsonian Institution”, an inscription in Chinese and the year, namely “2015”.

2015 2 oz Proof High Relief Bao Bao Silver Medal Reverse

2015 2 oz Proof High Relief Bao Bao Silver Medal – Reverse

Specs

  • Medal Weight and Metal: 2 Troy oz of 99.9% pure silver
  • Medal Finish: Proof
  • Year of Issue: 2015
  • Maximum Mintage: 5,000

Why should you be interested in the 2015 2 oz Proof High Relief Bao Bao Silver Medal?

  • Commemorative medal to celebrate birth of panda Bao Bao.
  • High relief medal – make details stand out.
  • Extremely limited (5,000 medals maximum).
  • Proof finish.
  • Three nines fine silver (99.9% pure silver).
  • Perfect gift – panda fans, especially Bao Bao fans.
  • More affordable than the gold medal.

2015 1/10 oz Proof China Panda Bao Bao Gold Medal

Obverse

The obverse of each 2015 1/10 oz Proof China Panda Bao Bao Gold Medal features giant panda cub Bao Bao at the National Zoo in a similar pose than on the 1 oz Proof Bao Bao Silver Medal. It also includes the following inscriptions: “Baby Giant Panda Bao Bao at National Zoo” and “1/10oz Au .999”.

2015 One Tenth oz Proof China Panda Bao Bao Gold Medal Obverse

2015 1/10 oz Proof China Panda Bao Bao Gold Medal – Obverse

Reverse

The reverse of each 2015 1/10 oz Proof China Panda Bao Bao Gold Medal features the Smithsonian Institution. The reverse design of each Proof Bao Bao Gold Medal also includes the following inscriptions: “Smithsonian Institution”, an inscription in Chinese and the year, namely “2015”.

2015 One Tenth oz Proof China Panda Bao Bao Gold Medal Reverse

2015 1/10 oz Proof China Panda Bao Bao Gold Medal – Reverse

2015 One Tenth oz Proof China Panda Bao Bao Gold Medal Display Box

2015 1/10 oz Proof China Panda Bao Bao Gold Medal – Display Box

2015 One Tenth oz Proof China Panda Bao Bao Gold Medal Certificate of Authenticity

2015 1/10 oz Proof China Panda Bao Bao Gold Medal – Certificate of Authenticity

Specs

  • Medal Weight and Metal: 1/10 Troy oz of 99.9% pure gold
  • Medal Finish: Proof
  • Year of Issue: 2015
  • Maximum Mintage: 5,000

Why should you be interested in the 2015 1/10 oz Proof China Panda Bao Bao Gold Medal?

  • Commemorative medal to celebrate birth of panda Bao Bao.
  • Extremely limited (5,000 medals maximum).
  • Proof finish.
  • Three nines fine gold (99.9% pure gold).
  • Perfect gift – panda fans, especially Bao Bao fans.

Ordering and Pricing

All three Giant Panda Bao Bao gold and silver commemorative medals are available for sale at ModernCoinMart (MCM) at competitive prices, including free domestic shipping (within the States). In addition, all the medals come graded and encapsulated by NGC.