obverse and reverse design for the Rosebud
Sioux Tribe Code Talkers congressional gold medal were
recommended March 5 by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.
CCAC met in conjunction with the American Numismatic Association National Money
Show in Portland.
Sioux Tribe Code Talkers congressional gold medal is the 29th of 33
scheduled medals authorized under provisions of the Code Talkers Recognition Act of 2008.
Rosebud Indian Reservation in Rosebud, S.D., is home to the federally
recognized Sicangu Oyate — also known as Sicangu Lakota, and the
Rosebud Sioux Tribe, a branch of the Lakota people.
the medal's obverse design, the CCAC recommendation depicts a World
War II code talker and Sicangu Lakota warrior overlapping, in profile,
facing left. The code talker wears his dog tags from his neck, while
the warrior wears an eagle feather in his hair and a traditional
bone-and-bead choker around his neck. Eagle feathers appear along the
design's bottom border.
inscriptions are SICANGU LAKOTA and CODE TALKERS.
Scarcinci, a CCAC member and medallic art specialist, suggested that
when the design is sculpted, the Lakota warrior could be rendered
incuse, reminiscent of sculptor Bela Lyon Pratt's Indian Head designs
for the gold $2.50 quarter eagle and $5 half eagle from the early 20th century.
Witt, representing the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, said during the CCAC
meeting March 5 that the CCAC-recommended obverse is also the design
the tribe prefers because it best reflects the image of a Lakota
warrior. Witt said there were concerns raised that the warrior on a
second proposed obverse bears facial features resembling members of
members raised questions as to whether the rendition was realistic in
showing the code talker soldier wearing his dog tags outside his shirt
while having his long shirt sleeves rolled out and buttoned during
combat in the South Pacific.
Stafford, the U.S. Mint's chief of design development, said all
proposed designs for military-themed coins and medals are vetted with
the Department of Defense, and no objections were raised by that department.
recommended reverse for the medal depicts the Rosebud
Sioux Tribe seal. Witt said tribal representatives rejected the
other reverse design proposed because it did not accurately depict the
duplicates of the gold medal will be offered in 1.5-inch and 3-inch
sizes for sale, at a later date.
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