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2012 Nisei Soldiers of World War II Bronze Medal

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Public Law:  111-254

Obverse
Designer:  Joel Iskowitz
Engraver:  Charles L. Vickers
Description:  The obverse features Nisei (second generation Americans of Japanese ancestry) soldiers from both the European and Pacific theaters.  The 442nd RCT color guard is depicted in the lower field of the medal. The inscriptions on the outer rim are NISEI SOLDIERS OF WORLD WAR II and GO FOR BROKE, the motto of the 442nd RCT, which was eventually used to describe the work of all three units.

Reverse
Designer:  Don Everhart
Engraver:  Don Everhart
Description:  The reverse depicts the insignias of the 100th INF BN, 442nd RCT and MIS. The 100th INF BN insignia features a taro leaf and a traditional Hawaiian helmet, both of which are emblematic of the unit’s Hawaiian roots.  The “Go for Broke” Torch of Liberty shoulder patch represents the 442nd RCT. The MIS insignia is represented by a sphinx, a traditional symbol of secrecy.  The inscriptions on the outer rim are the title of the three units represented on the medal — the 100th INF BN, 442nd RCT and MIS.  In addition, the years 1941-1946, the defined years of World War II according to the Department of Defense, are inscribed in the upper right field of the medal. A decorative ribbon connects the outer rim with the inscriptionsACT OF CONGRESS and 2010. The three stars positioned along the border represent the three units being honored.

Image/Text: U.S.Mint

Written by Robert L. Wilson

October 8, 2012 at 8:08 am

Senator Edward William Brooke III Bronze Medal

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Bronze duplicate of Congressional Gold Medal

Public Law:  110-260

Obverse
Designer:  Don Everhart
Description:  The obverse features an image of Senator Brooke with the inscription EDWARD WILLIAM BROOKE on the right side.

Reverse
Designer:  Phebe Hemphill
Description:  The reverse depicts the United Sates Capitol Building at the top of the medal and the Massachusetts State House at the bottom between two olive branches.  The middle of the design showcases the inscription AMERICA’S GREATNESS LIES IN ITS WONDROUS DIVERSITYOUR MAGNIFICENT PLURALISM HAS MADE THIS COUNTRY GREATOUR EVER-WIDENING DIVERSITY WILL KEEP US GREAT.  Additional inscriptions are ACT OF CONGRESS 2008, and MASSACHUSETTS STATE HOUSE.

Image/Text:  U.S.Mint

Written by Robert L. Wilson

September 27, 2012 at 8:27 am

ANA Board of Governors Supports Updates to Hobby Protection Act

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ANA Board of Governors Supports Updates to Hobby Protection Act

Members encouraged to call their congressional representatives

The American Numismatic Association Board of Governors voted unanimously to issue a resolution of support for a bill that will extend and strengthen provisions of the Hobby Protection Act, during an Aug. 10 meeting during the World’s Fair of MoneySM in Philadelphia.

The House of Representatives bill, HR-5977, will enable citizens to take legal action against and recover damages from those who sell counterfeit coins. It expands targets of litigation to include “any person” who provides substantial assistance or support to any manufacturer, importer, or seller “knowingly engaging in any act or practice that violates the Act.” It also adds trademark violation provisions to criminalize the counterfeiting of certification service packaging and capsules.

Barry Stuppler, chairman of the Gold and Silver Political Action Committee, spoke at the meeting and encouraged members to call their congressional representatives or speak to them personally, as many are holding meetings in their home districts during the August congressional break.

To learn more, go to www.ictaonline.org. Click on “What’s New?” to read a copy of the bill and find out how to contact your congressman.

Image/Copy: American Numismatic Association

Written by Robert L. Wilson

August 21, 2012 at 8:21 am

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