During its May 17 meeting, members of the Commission of Fine Arts
recommended, with minor modifications, proposed designs for the 2013
Girl Scouts Centennial silver dollar and four congressional gold
medals for Native American code talkers.
Thomas Luebke, the CFA’s secretary, said May 22 that CFA members
concurred with the proposed obverse and reverse Girl Scouts silver
dollar designs recommended by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee
at its April 26 meeting in Washington, D.C.
The commission also reviewed for recommendations the same code
talker medal designs scrutinized April 26 by CCAC members.
Luebke said CFA supported the CCAC’s recommendation that the
obverse inscription 100 YEARS OF GIRL SCOUTING be replaced with
courage confidence character that appears on four of the
non-recommended obverse designs. It was also recommended the numeral
100 be placed within the obverse trefoil emblem.
For the reverse, the CFA recommended that the inscription 100
YEARS below the central device be replaced with the inscription GIRL
SCOUTS so that the numeral 100 does not appear on both the obverse and
reverse designs, Luebke said.
Code talkers medals
The CFA supported the medal design preferences of representatives
from the Comanche Nation, Kiowa Tribe, Santee Dakota Sioux Tribe and
The gold medals will honor the four tribes whose members served as
code talkers for the military in World War I and World War II.
The recommended Comanche Nation medal obverse is based on the
Comanche Code and Spirit Talker monument in Lawton, Okla.
The design depicts a “spirit talker” behind a radio talking
soldier encircled by the words NUMUNU (People) and COMANCHE CODE TALKERS.
The recommended reverse carries inscriptions in the native
language along with the military patches of the Army units in which
the code talkers served, having the Comanche tribal logo of a horse
Luebke said CFA members recommended the reverse tribal symbols be
reduced in size to be contained within the circular design border.
The panel also recommended that the rider’s shield be more
simplified, Luebke said.
The commission’s recommended Kiowa Tribe medal obverse depicts a
kneeling World War II soldier with rifle talking on a radio transmitter.
The recommended reverse shows a warrior on horseback, taken from
the tribal seal, and a bison head and a circle of feathers. Luebke
said it was recommended the split background behind the bison head be unified.
The commission’s preferred obverse for the Santee Dakota Sioux
Tribe gold medal depicts an infantryman looking skyward and positioned
against a backdrop of barbed wire.
The recommended Santee reverse depicts an eagle beginning to
stretch its wings, with an arrowhead design on its breast. The eagle
clutches an arrows in its talons, with a peace pipe below.
The Tlingit Tribe Code Talkers recommended obverse design depicts
a soldier kneeling with a radio in hand.
The panel’s recommended reverse shows one of the tribe’s “Killer
Whale” ceremonial hats with the wording KILLER WHALE CLAN.
Semi-circles on the obverse and reverse of this medal would
symbolize the coded messages being transmitted by the tribal members
during World War II.
Luebke said the CFA did not support the CCAC’s recommendation
suggesting extending the circular motif behind the whale’s tail.
Final design approval is at the discretion of Treasury Secretary
Timothy F. Geithner. ■