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Bob Dole accepts congressional gold medal

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.

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