New Issue: U.S. Mint medal honours Treasury Secretary Lew

The U.S. Mint has opened sales for its bronze medal honouring U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jacob J. Lew.

Struck at the U.S. Mint facility in Philadelphia, the three-inch bronze medal is priced at $39.95 USD.  The obverse, designed and engraved by sculptor-engraver Don Everhart, features a portrait of Lew with an American flag in the background and the inscriptions “JACOB J. LEW” and “76TH SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY.”

The reverse design, also by Everhart, and engraved by sculptor-engraver Joseph Menna, features a depiction of the Statue of Liberty and the Main Building on Ellis Island alongside a quote from Emma Lazarus.  The inscriptions read “I LIFT MY LAMP BESIDE THE GOLDEN DOOR” and “EMMA LAZARUS.”

The medal (reverse shown) depicts a quote from Emma Lazarus.

The Treasury Department has a longstanding tradition of striking an official medal for each Secretary of the Treasury. The mint produces the medal under the general authority of 31 U.S.C. § 5111 (a) (2), which states the Secretary may prepare and strike “national and other medals” if it does not interfere with regular minting operations.  Since the 1890s, the Mint has prepared, struck, and distributed medals for 33 of the 35 Senate-confirmed Secretaries.

Orders are being accepted at catalog.usmint.gov and at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468), while hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order at 1-888-321-MINT.  To learn more about available shipping options, visit catalog.usmint.gov/customer-service/shipping.html.

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