Collectors and others will have to wait until Feb. 24 to see what
designs were selected for the obverse and reverse of the congressional
gold medal honoring the Foot Soldiers of the Civil Rights marches in
1965 from Selma to Montgomery, Ala.
Feb. 24 is the date set aside by Congress for the use of
Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for the official
presentation of the gold medal. The House and Senate passed a
concurrent resolution Feb. 4 reserving the location for the medal
The marches, in protest of the denial of the marchers' right to
vote, served as a catalyst to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
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Following the official presentation of the gold medal, the medal,
according to the authorizing act, "shall be given to the Selma Interpretative [sic] Center in Selma,
Alabama, where it shall be available for display or temporary loan to
be displayed elsewhere, as appropriate."
The authorizing act for the gold medal, Public Law 114-5, provides the Treasury
secretary, at his discretion, the authority to direct the U.S. Mint to strike
and issue 1.5-inch and 3-inch bronze duplicates of the gold medal for
sale to the public. Current pricing for bronze duplicates of
congressional gold medal is $39.95 for the 3-inch medal and $6.95 for
the 1.5-inch medal.