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Medals honor victims of 9/11 attacks

Three Congressional Gold Medals were awarded Sept. 10 in Emancipation Hall in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center to honor the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Medals were made for the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and for Flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania.

Obverse and reverse of the World Trade Center medal

Obverse and reverse of the World Trade Center medal

An abstract representation of the Twin Towers in New York City dominates the obverse along with the flight numbers of the four hijacked planes.

It was designed by Artistic Infusion Program artist Joel Iskowitz and executed by U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Jim Licaretz. The reverse was designed and executed by Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill.

Obverse and reverse of the Pentagon medal

Obverse and reverse of the Pentagon medal

The Pentagon medal shows the rebuilt facade of the Pentagon where Flight 77 crashed and 184 stars on a raised border around the edge of the reverse design, representing each of the victims.

Hemphill designed both sides.

Obverse and reverse of the Flight 93 medal

Obverse and reverse of the Flight 93 medal

Hemlock groves behind the boulder at the Flight 93 Memorial in Pennsylvania are shown on the third medal. The reverse features 40 stars honoring the victims.

The obverse was designed and executed by Mint Sculptor- Engraver Joseph Menna. The reverse was done by Hemphill.

Bronze went on sale Sept. 11. The three-inch medals are $39.95 each plus $4.95 for shipping and handling.

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