Congressional Gold Medal for Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King

Created by
United States Mint, American, founded 1792
Subject of
Dr. King, Martin Luther Jr., American, 1929 - 1968
King, Coretta Scott, American, 1927 - 2006
On View
Concourse 2, C 2053
Museum MapsObjects in this Location
Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: The Era of Segregation, 1876-1968
gold and mahogany
H x W x D: 2 15/16 × 2 15/16 × 3/16 in. (7.5 × 7.5 × 0.5 cm)
A Congressional gold medal bestowed upon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King.
2014.135a: A Congressional gold medal. One side has inscribed text surrounding a depiction of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King. The text reads: [Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King / Act of Congress / 2004 / For Their Service to Humanity]. The other side features an image of the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change at the top and a wreath along the bottom edge. Engraved text reads: [I suggest that the philosophy and strategy of nonviolence become immediately a subject for study for serious experimentation in every field of human conflict, by no means excluding the relations between nations. This may well be mankind's last chance to choose between chaos and community.]
2014.135b: A mahogany box. The box has a glossy lacquer on the exterior. The top exterior has a gold seal of the United States Mint. Gold text under the seal reads: [United States Mint]. The interior has an insert for the medal and is dark blue fabric.
Place collected
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Place made
Philadelphia Mint, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Awards and Medals
Civil rights
Race relations
Social reform
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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