This medal is a bronze duplicate of the New Frontier Congressional Gold Medal awarded to astronauts John Herschel Glenn Jr., Neil A. Armstrong, Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. and Michael Collins at a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol Building on November 16, 2011, in recognition of their significant contributions to society. The medal measures three inches in diameter and is the same diameter and thickness as the gold medal.
The obverse (heads side) depicts the portraits of Apollo 11 astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. facing left and Friendship 7 astronaut John Herschel Glenn Jr. facing right, representing the two historic missions. The design also features a partial view of the Earth from orbit, as well as a horizon line with an astronaut walking on the lunar surface facing the flag. The names of all four astronauts – JOHN GLENN, NEIL ARMSTRONG, MICHAEL COLLINS, and BUZZ ALDRIN – are inscribed along the outer rim.
The reverse (tails) features the Lunar Excursion Module orbiting the moon and the Friendship 7 mission capsule orbiting the Earth with the inscription WE CAME IN PEACE FOR ALL MANKIND.
|Design:||Obverse – Joel Iskowitz|
Obverse sculpted by Phebe Hemphill
Reverse – Joel Iskowitz
Reverse sculpted by Don Everhart
|Struck Under Authority of:||Public Law 111-44|
|Place Minted:||Philadelphia (no mint mark)|