Montford Point Marines Congressional Gold Medal

Commissioned by
United States Congress, American, founded 1789
Created by
United States Mint, American, founded 1792
Subject of
51st Marine Defense Battalion, American, founded 1942
52nd Marine Defense Battalion, American, founded 1943
Date
2011
Medium
Medal: gold;
Sleeve: velvet;
Box: cherry wood, velvet
Dimensions
Diameter (medal): 3 × 3/16 in. (7.6 × 0.5 cm)
H x W x D (velvet case for medal): 3 7/8 × 5 × 3/16 in. (9.8 × 12.7 × 0.5 cm)
H x W x D (wooden case for medal): 3 × 6 1/8 × 5 in. (7.6 × 15.6 × 12.7 cm)
Description
Congressional gold medal in honor of Montford Point Marines has a relief on its obverse featuring three Marines on the left and three in the forefront with rifles. Text following apex of the medal's arc reads [MONTFORD POINT MARINES / 1942-1949]. On verso is a relief of a troop in formation with a tower in the background on the right; the text reads: [FOR / OUTSTANDING / PERSEVERANCE / and COURAGE / that INSPIRED / SOCIAL CHANGE / in the/MARINE CORPS / 2011 ACT OF CONGRESS].
A rectangular velvet sleeve encases the gold medal; a small tab at the top of the sleeve assists the medal's removal from the box.
The storage container is a cherry wood box with a brass hinged lid and push-release button on the front center which opens it. The lid has the gold embossed logo of the U.S. Treasury encircled with text which reads [Treasury / United States Mint] and [United States Mint] is in calligraphic script beneath the logo.
Place depicted
Jacksonville, Onslow County, North Carolina, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Awards and Medals
Exhibition
Double Victory: The African American Military Experience
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Community/Third Floor, 3 053
Type
medals
Topic
Military
Montford Point Marines
Segregation
World War II
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2015.237ab
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd520e7ed2b-6ca0-4f06-bdc9-19b398a03a8c
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