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Menominee Designs OKd
By Debbie Bradley, Numismatic News
October 25, 2013

This article was originally printed in Numismatic News.
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Although it endorsed the designs preferred by the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin for its Congressional Medal honoring the Code Talkers of the Menominee Nation, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee also made note of the artistic merit of an alternate design.

The tribe chose obverse and reverse designs No. 4 with the CCAC unanimously endorsing that selection, said CCAC Chairman Gary Marks.

“That carried a lot of weight with the committee,” Marks said of the tribe’s choice. “The committee has tried to give lots of deference to what the tribal wishes have been for this program.”

Obverse design No. 4 features a Menominee Code Talker communicating and carrying a rifle with P-51s flying in the background. The reverse features the Thunderbird, which is the center element of the Menominee Nation seal, animals representing the nation’s five clans, a sturgeon and wild rice.

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But during discussion about the seven obverse and six reverse designs presented by the U.S. Mint for consideration, CCAC members spoke favorably about reverse No. 5, which featured two main images, the Thunderbird and a sturgeon.

“Several committee members thought design No. 5 was the most artistically significant design and that it had a lot of eye appeal,” Marks said.

To make the point, the committee voted unanimously to recognize the artistic merit of reverse No. 5.

“We wanted to send a message that we recognize good art when we see it and want to encourage our artists to do more work of this type,” Marks said.

 

 

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