of the Commission of Fine
Arts followed the recommendations of the two military
organizations advising the U.S. Mint on congressional gold medal
honoring the American Fighter Aces of four wars and the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders of World War II.
in Washington on Oct. 16, the commission said they would accede to
wishes of the two advisory groups, unlike the Citizens Coinage Advisory
Committee, which two days earlier recommended designs of its own
liking for the two medals.
the American Fighter Aces medal, the CFA backed a design showing four
aviators positioned above an image of an enemy plane caught in the
crosshairs of an U.S. airplane's gun. For the reverse, the commission
selected an image showing four fighter aircraft from the four
conflicts — World Wars I and II, Korea and Vietnam — under the slogan
"Courage, Tenacity and Duty Above All."
the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, the commission urged the Treasury
secretary to select an obverse design showing the aircraft carrier USS
launching one of the North American B-25B Mitchell bombers on a
the reverse, the commission backed a design showing three of the
bombers and the patches of the squadron that participated in the April
18, 1942, raid on the Japanese mainland. It also includes the unit's
motto: "Toujour au danger," which translates to English as
"Always in danger."
commission's review took less than 30 minutes and was not as detailed
as the CCAC's review, which took most of a morning meeting. All of the
U.S. Mint's proposed designs were sent to the commission members prior
to the meeting.
Stafford, director of the U.S. Mint’s Office of Design Management,
briefed the commission only on the designs backed by the military
advisory groups, American Fighter Aces Association and the Doolittle
Tokyo Raiders, and those backed by the CCAC.
approach is a change in presentations in response to the a CFA request
that the Mint speed up its coin review presentations.
Treasury secretary has the discretion to authorize the U.S. Mint to
strike 3-inch and 1.5-inch bronze duplicate medals of the gold medal
for sale to the public.