CFA 19/FEB/04-2

Project name
Congressional Gold Medal for Dr. Dorothy I. Height

United States

U.S. Department of the Treasury
U.S. Mint
Design for a gold medal


Dear Ms. Fore:

The Commission of Fine Arts reviewed designs for a Congressional Gold Medal honoring Dr. Dorothy I. Height at its 19February meeting. I am happy to tell you that it was approved with the following recommendations:

Obverse: Additional texture on Ms. Height's hat at the top of the outer edge would avoid the appearance of a halo.

Reverse: In order to accommodate all the elements Ms. Height wants on the reverse, and still produce a good, "readable" design, the Commission recommends starting with design #8 and making the following changes: Make the inscription smaller and remove ribbon ends; simplify the building, making it a more truly linear representation; remove most of the items in the setting, including the background building, street light, wall and trees; add at the bottom: "The Dorothy I. Height Leadership Institute".


Charles H. Atherton

Ms. Henrietta Holsman Fore
Director, United States Mint
801 9th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20220