94-year-old Bob Dole, a longtime Republican U.S. senator from Kansas
who was defeated by Bill Clinton in his 1996 bid to become president
of the United States, accepted a congressional gold medal Jan. 17 for
his service to the nation during ceremonies held in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.
The gold medal was issued under provisions of Public Law 115-60.
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Both 1.5-inch and 3-inch bronze replicas of the gold medal are
available for purchase through the United States Mint at $6.95 and
$39.95 each, respectively.
The obverse of the medal, designed and sculptured by U.S. Mint
Medallic Sculptor Joseph F. Menna, depicts a portrait of Dole in the
left foreground on the obverse with a rendition of the U.S. Capitol in
the background. The top border is inscribed SON OF KANSAS ° SOLDIER ° STATESMAN.
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The reverse, by U.S. Mint medallict Sculptor Phebe Hemphill, depicts
a Kansas farm field with the inscription 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 quotation is extracted from Dole’s acceptance speech in August
1996 when the GOP nominated him for president of the United States.