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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

2012 Roosevelt Dime | Proof

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Here we have the proof 2012 Roosevelt Dime minted at the San Francisco Mint.  To learn more about proof coins click here.

Obverse:  depicts a portrait of Roosevelt
Reverse:  a torch, an olive branch, and an oak branch.

Engraver:  John Sinnock

Image:  U.S.Mint

2012 “Return to Monticello” Nickel | Proof

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Here we have the proof 2012 “Return to Monticello” Nickel.  To learn more about proof coins click here.

Obverse
Designer:  Jamie Franki
Engraver:  Donna Weaver
Description:  bears a new image of President Thomas Jefferson based on the Rembrandt Peale painting of 1800

Reverse
Designer:  Felix Schlag
Engraver:  Felix Schlag
Description:  restored 1938 design of President Jefferson’s Virginia home of Monticello.

Image: U.S.Mint

2012 “Return to Monticello” Nickel | Uncirculated

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Here we have the uncirculated 2012 “Return to Monticello” Nickel.  To learn more about uncirculated coins click here.

Obverse
Designer:  Jamie Franki
Engraver:  Donna Weaver
Description:  bears a new image of President Thomas Jefferson based on the Rembrandt Peale painting of 1800

Reverse
Designer:  Felix Schlag
Engraver:  Felix Schlag
Description:  restored 1938 design of President Jefferson’s Virginia home of Monticello.

Image: U.S.Mint

2012 Infantry Soldier Silver Dollar Design

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Last week I posted a photo of the 2012 Infantry Soldier Silver Dollar in proof and uncirculated versions.  The U.S. Mint has to work within the same guide lines as any art creating entity.  First it must become a concept then the designs are put to print by various artists.  Here are the designs the Mint released a about a month ago.  I though it would be neat to compare the two and see how design turns into reality.  To see the coins as they will be minted click here.

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

February 21, 2012 at 8:21 am

2012 Lincoln One-Cent Coin | Proof

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Here we have the proof version the 2012 cent! To read up on “Proof Coinage” click here.

Obverse:
Engraver:  Victor D. Brenner
Description:  Bears the likeness of President Lincoln.

Reverse
Designer:  Lyndall Bass
Engraver:  Joseph Menna
Description:  The reverse features a union shield with a scroll draped across it bearing the inscription E PLURIBUS UNUM (“out of many, one”).  The 13 vertical stripes of the shield represent the states joined in one compact union to support the federal government, represented by the horizontal bar above.  The union shield, which dates back to the 1780s, was used widely during the Civil War.  In addition, the shield device is featured on frescoes throughout the halls of the U.S. Capitol Building by Constantino Brumidi, artist of the Capitol during Lincoln’s presidency.

Image/Text:  U.S.Mint

Written by Robert L. Wilson

February 16, 2012 at 7:16 am

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