Four new bronze medals were recently released by the United States Mint. They are the Arnold Palmer Bronze Medals and the Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Bronze Medals.
The bronze medals are duplicates of the Congressional Gold Medal, one of the Nation’s highest civilian awards, recently bestowed by Congress during two separate ceremonies held in the Rotunda at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C.
Duplicate medals are available in a 3" size, the same diameter and thickness as the original Congressional Gold Medal, and a smaller 1.5" size. Respective prices for each are $39.95 and $6.95.
Arnold Palmer Medals
Arnold Palmer received his Congressional Gold Medal on September 12 to recognize "his service to the Nation in promoting excellence and good sportsmanship in golf," the U.S. Mint reported in a press release. The bronze duplicates went on sale the same day.
On the obverse of the medal is an image of Palmer finishing his golf swing and the inscription, "ARNOLD D. PALMER." It was designed and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart.
The reverse displays a pair of crossed golf clubs below the inscription, "IN RECOGNITION OF HIS SERVICE TO THE NATION IN PROMOTING EXCELLENCE AND GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP." Under the golf clubs is, "92 PROFESSIONAL GOLF VICTORIES and 7 MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS." At the bottom is a golf ball on a tee in the grass. The design was created by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Medals
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in May 2008 "in recognition of her courageous and unwavering commitment to peace, nonviolence, human rights, and democracy in Burma," per Public Law 110-209. Kyi, however, was under house arrest at the time. By 2012, political circumstances changed enough that she could travel outside Burma, and so Congress ceremoniously presented her medal to her on September 19, 2012 while she was on a two-week tour of the U.S. Her bronze medals went on sale the next day, September 20.
The obverse shows a profile image of her looking upward. Inscriptions are, "DAW AUNG SAN SUU KYI." On the reverse is a peacock, a symbol often found on historical flags of Burma. Inscriptions surrounding the design are, "DEDICATED TO PROMOTING FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY IN BURMA," and "ACT OF CONGRESS 2008."
Where to Purchase
Arnold Palmer Bronze Medals and the Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Bronze Medals can be found online at the U.S. Mint website at http://www.usmint.gov/catalog, or call 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).