Medal tribute marks 91st birth anniversary of Martin Luther King


16 January 2020
The US Mint has revealed the design for a commemorative medal designed to mark the 91st birthday of Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King.

As one of the most widely recognized figures of the modern Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired millions across the country—and the world—with his advocacy of non-violence and civil disobedience as forms of protest against racial inequality.

The medal features Dr Luther King alongside his wife, fellow Civil Rights leader Coretta Scott King and is available in 1.5 inch and 3 inch versions. It is a miniature bronze duplicate of the Congressional Gold Medal awarded to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King  in recognition of their many contributions to the Nation on behalf of the civil rights movement.

Coin details

The obverse design features portraits of Dr. King and Coretta Scott King.  Beneath the portraits is a banner with the inscription "FOR THEIR SERVICE TO HUMANITY." Other inscriptions include “DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.” and “CORETTA SCOTT KING” along the top of the medal and the inscription “ACT OF CONGRESS 2004.”

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The reverse features an image of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, which remains the official legacy of Dr. King’s dream of nonviolent social change and full civil rights for all Americans. Below the image of the center is a quote reflective of Dr. King’s beliefs of nonviolent social change. The lower half of the medal is encircled with a wreath of laurel.

Design: Obverse - Don Everhart; reverse - Donna Weaver

To purchase the medal, visit the US Mint website.

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