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CCAC Chooses Medals
By Debbie Bradley, Numismatic News
June 27, 2013

This article was originally printed in Numismatic News.
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Designs for the Code Talker Recognition Congressional Medal Program were reviewed June 25 by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee when it met at U.S. Mint Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The CCAC endorsed designs for medals honoring the Cherokee Nation, Meskwaki Nation, Seminole Nation, Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribe, Ho-Chunk Nation, Oglala Sioux Nation and Yankton Sioux Tribe.

In every instance, the committee endorsed the design preferred by the tribe, said CCAC Chairman Gary Marks, although a few minor changes were requested for some designs.

The Code Talker designs often reflect the patches that signify each tribe or nation.

“That can be challenging for designers,” Marks said, trying to translate a fabric object into a medallic object.”

The CCAC endorsed the following designs. Points are based on a possible 27.

Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes
Obverse 1 – 25pts
Reverse 3 – 26pts

Cherokee Nation (Oklahoma)
Obverse 5 – 18 pts
Reverse 3 – 24 pts

Ho-Chunk Nation
Obverse 7 – 21 pts
Reverse 1 – 26 pts

Meskwaki Nation (Iowa)
Obverse 4 – 20 pts
Reverse 3 – 24 pts

Oglala Sioux Tribe (South Dakota)
Obverse 1 – 23 pts
Reverse 3 – 24 pts (Remove WWII from the bottom left arc)

Seminole Nation (Oklahoma)
Obverse 1 – 27 pts
Reverse 3 – 23 pts (Add “of” to inscription to reflect the medal honors the Seminole of Oklahoma. There also is a Seminole Nation in Florida.)

Yankton Sioux Tribe (South Dakota)
Obverse 4 – 24 pts
Reverse 2 – 20 pts

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