Author Archives: Debbie Bradley

Doolittle Tokyo Raiders earn Congressional Gold Medal

The Doolittle Tokyo Raiders flew 16 B-25s off the carrier USS Hornet on April 18, 1942, to launch the first strike on Japan’s homeland in World War II. In recognition of “outstanding heroism, valor, skill, and service to the United … Continue reading

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American Fighter Aces awarded Congressional Gold Medal

American Fighter Aces were the best of the best, the bravest of the brave. Through four wars they led attacking aircraft into enemy territory engaging in dogfights and racking up at least five aerial kills to earn the title Ace. … Continue reading

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Art medals gain support

Scientists, humanitarians and heroes are honored on medals produced by the U.S. Mint, as are our national values of liberty and freedom. But imagine the possibilities if artists and sculptors were given the artistic freedom to create medals sans legislative … Continue reading

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Eagle or Lady Liberty for platinum?

One group prefers the eagle, the other prefers Lady Liberty for the reverse designs on the 2015 and 2016 platinum proof coins. Thirty-one designs were reviewed in September by the Commission of Fine Arts and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee. The … Continue reading

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Panels pick First Spouse designs

The first ladies of our generation now have their turn to grace the 2015 and 2016 First Spouse gold coins and bronze medals. The likenesses of Bess Truman, Mamie Eisenhower, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Lady Bird Johnson will appear on the … Continue reading

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Five more America the Beautiful quarters

How do you portray the grandeur of a national park on a 1-inch coin? The challenge once again faced the members of the Commission of Fine Arts and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee as they met separately in September to select … Continue reading

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Error coin found in change pays off big

It started with a man, a book and a few rolls of pennies. It ended when William Gaitlan of Yuma, Ariz., sold a 1969-S doubled die cent at a June 5 Heritage auction for $21,500. “I still don’t understand why … Continue reading

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It’s one rocking coin show

Where am I and what have you done with my coin show? I swear I checked into the DoubleTree Hotel in Rosemont, Ill., on Monday to attend the ANA World’s Fair of Money show. But at 9:45 last night, just … Continue reading

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Long times spent in line to get gold Kennedy

Welcome from overcast Rosemont, Ill., where I’m looking out my hotel room at 7:11 am. at the long line of people waiting to get into the convention center and obtain one of 500 coveted tickets that will allow them to buy … Continue reading

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High relief at low price = silver medal

This past April the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee asked the U.S. Mint to consider implementation of a national arts medal program. Now, it is going to offer a framework of what that program would look like. CCAC Chairman Gary Marks … Continue reading

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