The Commission of Fine
Arts reviewed proposed designs and made its recommendations Jan.
22 for a congressional gold medal honoring the athletic and
philanthropic achievements of professional golfer Jack Nicklaus.
The medal is authorized under Public Law 113-210.
Five proposed obverse and four reverse designs were presented to the
CFA for consideration. Each of the five obverses depicts a variation
on portraits of Nicklaus that show him in his follow-through after a
Each proposed reverse incorporates inscriptions reflecting Nicklaus’
philanthropy and dedication to charitable causes, including health
care for children.
MORE PROPOSED DESIGNS: Jack Nicklaus gold congressional medal designs released
The CFA recommended the obverse and reverse designs favored by
Nicklaus. The favored obverse features a close-up of the golfer
finishing his swing, inscribed around with 120 PROFESSIONAL VICTORIES
and 18 MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS separated by a five-pointed star. The
recommended reverse depicts five five-pointed stars along the top
border and one along the bottom with an open wreath of laurel branches
within which is inscribed EXCELLENCE / IN SPORT, / PROMOTING INTEGRITY
/ AND SPORTSMANSHIP, / AND DEDICATION TO / PHILANTHROPY AND /
CHILDREN'S HEALTHCARE, / WITH A LIFELONG / COMMITMENT TO / FAMILY.
The enabling act provides for the Secretary of the Treasury to
authorize the U.S.
Mint to produce and offer for sale bronze duplicates of the
Nicklaus congressional gold medal.
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