In a brief meeting called Oct. 25, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee discussed and approved a final design for the Robert “Bob” Dole Congressional Gold Medal.
Dole, 94, who served as a Kansas Senator for 27 years, is a former presidential candidate and veteran of World War II.
Just one design, which was the preference of Dole himself, was presented to the committee.
The obverse features a portrait of Dole with the Capitol in the background. Inscriptions are “Son of Kansas,” “Soldier,” “Statesman” and “Bob Dole.”
The reverse design depicts a Kansas wheat field below a quote from Senator Dole: “For greatness lies not in what office you hold, but in how honest you are, in how you face adversity, and in your willingness to stand fast in hard places.” A legend across the bottom reads “Act of Congress 2017.”
CCAC members largely approved of the design with just one question raised about the font used and whether it was the best choice for the reverse design. However, after Mint staff explained that to change the font would mean reworking the entire medal and it would be hard-pressed to do so under a tight timeline, members ultimately approved the design as presented.
The date for Dole’s medal presentation ceremony has not been announced, and the availability date for the 1-1/2 and 3-inch bronze replications of the medal that will be available to the public from the Mint has not been set.
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