Presentation of the congressional gold medal recognizing the Filipino Veterans of World War II is set to take
place Oct. 25 in Emancipation Hall at the Capitol Visitor Center.
The medal is authorized under provisions of Public Law 114-265. Designs approved for the medal by the Treasury
secretary, or whomever he delegates that decision to, won’t be
disclosed until the medal’s presentation.
Use of Emancipation Hall by the congressional leadership for the
medal’s presentation was enabled by a concurrent resolution agreed to
in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on Sept. 12.
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The enabling legislation authorizes presentation of the gold medal
to recognize that “the loyal and valiant Filipino Veterans of World
War II fought, suffered, and, in many instances, died in the same
manner and under the same commander as other members of the United
States Armed Forces during World War II.”
The medal collectively honors the more than 260,000 Filipinos who
lent their efforts on behalf of the United States during WWII. Fewer
than 16,000 of those soldiers are alive today.
Following the medal’s presentation, the congressional gold medal is
to be turned over to the Smithsonian Institution for display and research.
The U.S. Mint provided the following specifications for the gold
version of the medal, whose precious metals value alone at current
market prices is more than $29,000:
➤ Composition: 99.95 percent gold minimum by weight.
➤ Approximate Thickness = 0.275 inch (some variance due to height of
relief in design).
➤ Approximate Diameter = 3.0 inches (some variance due to the
➤ Approximate Weight = 21.69 ounces (some variance due to the
The gold medal is struck three times at 350 to 375 metric tons of
pressure per strike on a S & K Hydraulic Press with the dies
The medal’s reverse is the upper, or hammer die, and the obverse is
the lower, or anvil die.
Bronze duplicates of the gold medal are authorized under the
legislation to be struck by the U.S. Mint and sold to the public.