How does one manufacture a congressional gold medal?

U.S. Mint demonstrates the production process
By , Coin World
Published : 05/18/15
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This article complements the cover feature on congressional gold medals that appeared in the June 1, 2015, Monthly issue of Coin World. The video illustrates the actual production of the 9/11 Fallen Heroes congressioial gold medals:

While the U.S. Mint’s engraving staff usually doesn’t begin sculpturing and tooling medal designs until they are officially approved, such was not the case for the gold medal authorized for Israel’s president, Shimon Peres, as the nonagenarian headed into retirement.

The Peres medal was authorized under Public Law 113–114, signed into law June 9, 2014.

The obverse and reverse designs preferred by Peres for his medal were already being readied for production before being presented to the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee and Commission of Fine Arts for their review and recommendation.

The medal was fast-tracked in preparation for Peres’ Washington, D.C., visit in June 2014 as he headed into retirement.

Peres was presented his medal on June 26, 2014, in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda by the congressional leadership.

The cost to produce the Peres medal was between $25,000 and $30,000, as is the case with most current congressional gold medals. 

The cost of the medal is dependent on the cost of the metal as well as the difficulty in executing the respective designs.

How medals are made

The production process by which congressional gold medals are currently executed is demonstrated here using the Peres medal for illustrations.

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