Congressional leaders presented a congressional gold medal March 24
to golfer Jack Nicklaus in recognition of his contributions to the
game of golf and his philanthropic service to the community and the nation.
The ceremony was held in the Rotunda of the United States Capitol.
The Nicklaus medal was authorized under provisions of Public Law 113-210, signed into law by President
Obama on Dec. 16, 2014.
The medal was presented on behalf of Congress by House Speaker John Boehner,
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Senate Democratic Leader Harry
Reid, D-NV; and House
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
Coverage recorded live
here and here.
1.5-inch and 3-inch bronze duplicates of the Nicklaus gold medal are
being offered for sale directly to the public by the U.S. Mint. The
1.5-inch bronze medal is available for $6.95 and the 3-inch bronze
medal for $39.95.
The medal's obverse, designed and sculptured by U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Donald Everhart II,
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 reverse, designed and sculptured
by U.S. Mint Medallic Sculptor Phebe Hemphill,
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.
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