Ten years after its authorization, the congressional gold medal honoring the civil rights achievements of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King, was presented June 24 in low-key ceremonies held in the United States Capitol Rotunda.
Members of the King family were in attendance at the event.
Bronze duplicates of the King gold medal were offered for sale by the U.S. Mint beginning at noon Eastern Time June 25.
The 3-inch bronze medal is being offered for $39.95 and the 1.5-inch bronze medal for $6.95.
Among those that did attend the June 24 gold medal presentation were Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.; House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
The King medal was accepted during the presentation ceremony from Boehner by National Museum of African American History foundding director Lonnie G. Bunch III.
The medal will eventually be displayed at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is scheduled to open on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in 2015.
The King medal was authorized under Public Law 108-368, signed into law Oct. 25, 2004, by President George W. Bush.
The act authorized the presentation of the medal posthumously to Dr. King, and to Mrs. King. Dr. King was assassinated April 4, 1968., in Memphis, Tenn. Mrs. King passed away Jan. 30, 2006.