CFA 19/FEB/09-5

Project name
Congressional Gold Medal for Edward William Brooke III

United States

U.S. Department of the Treasury
U.S. Mint
Design for a gold medal and bronze duplicates
Review Type


Dear Mr. Moy:

In its meeting of 19 February, the Commission of Fine Arts reviewed the proposed designs for two Congressional Gold Medals, with the following recommendations.

For the medal honoring Senator Edward William Brooke III, the Commission approved the proposed obverse which they commented presents a good portrait. For the reverse, the Commission noted that the proposed text is repetitious and graphically awkward; they recommended that the first two lines of the quotation be omitted and the remaining four lines be adjusted accordingly.

For the medal honoring Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Commission approved the proposed obverse. For the reverse, the Commission members recommended restudying the entire composition, including improving the image of the peacock and adjusting the compositional elements such that the word "Burma"—a critical component of information for the medal—figures more prominently. They also commented that the inclusion of a Western classical column capital may be confusing and inappropriate for an Asian subject.

As always, the staff is available to assist you in future submissions.


/s/Thomas E. Luebke, AIA

Edmund C. Moy, Director
United States Mint
801 9th Street, NW, 8th Floor
Washington, DC 20220

cc: Kaarina Budow, U.S. Mint