Proposed designs for a congressional gold medal authorized to
recognize former U.S. Sen. Bob
Dole were reviewed Oct. 25 via teleconference by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.
The coin and medal review panel also discussed design concepts for
the 2019 American Legion 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Program.
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Dole’s medal is authorized by Public Law 115-60 to recognize Dole “for his
service to the nation as a soldier, legislator, and statesman.”
Dole was seriously wounded from German machine gun fire in April
1945 during combat in Italy as an officer with the U.S. Army’s 10th
Mountain Division. Dole was left with limited mobility in his right
arm. Dole was decorated three times, receiving two Purple Hearts for
his injuries, and awarded the Bronze Star with combat “V” for valor
for his attempt to assist a downed radioman.
Dole represented Kansas in Congress from 1961 to 1996 and served as
the Republican leader of the United States
Senate from 1985 until 1996. He was the Republican presidential
nominee in the 1996 presidential election and the party’s vice
presidential nominee in the 1976 presidential election.
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The proposed obverse features a portrait of Bob Dole with the
Capitol in the background. Inscriptions are SON OF KANSAS, SOLDIER,
STATESMAN, and BOB DOLE.
The proposed reverse depicts a Kansas wheat field below a quote, in
eight lines, from Sen. Dole: FOR / GREATNESS LIES NOT / IN WHAT OFFICE
YOU HOLD, / BUT IN HOW HONEST YOU ARE, / IN HOW YOU FACE ADVERSITY, /
AND IN YOUR WILLINGNESS / TO STAND FAST IN HARD / PLACES. The
inscription ACT OF CONGRESS 2017 is inscribed along the bottom border.
American Legion coins
The American Legion 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act, Public Law 115-65, calls for the production and
release in Proof and Uncirculated versions combined, of up to 50,000
gold $5 half eagles, 400,000 silver dollars and 750,000
copper-nickel-clad half dollars.