The Nelson Mandela Bronze Medal is a miniature replica of the Congressional Gold Medal awarded to Nelson Mandela at a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol Building on September 23, 1998.
The Obverse (heads side) of the medal features a portrait of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela with the inscription “PRESIDENT NELSON ROLIHLAHLA MANDELA SOUTH AFRICA” appearing along the border of the medal. The reverse (tails) design features the inscription “PRESIDENT MANDELA DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO THE VICTORY OF DEMOCRACY OVER APARTHEID” in the center of the medal. Compass points and a decorative spindle are featured in the upper center of the medal. Children linked together encircle the upper border and the inscription “BY ACT OF CONGRESS 1998” appears at the lower border. Overlapping branches are located just above the lower inscription.
Neslon Mandela dedicated his life to the abolition of apartheid and the creation of a true democracy in the Republic of South Africa. For nearly 30 years as a political prisoner, he never compromised his principles; was a source for strength and education for other political prisoners, and refused offers of freedom in exchange for renunciation of his personal and political beliefs. After his release from prison, Mandela continued to pursue his goal of a free South Africa and was elected and subsequently inaugurated as president of South Africa on May 10, 1994, when he was 75 years old. His work continued long after apartheid laws were lifted, as he focused his efforts on reconciliation by creating the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, chaired by the archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Mandela received many awards and accolades, including the Nobel Peace Prize (which he accepted with then-South African president F.W. de Klerk in 1993), as well as more than 50 honorary degrees from universities around the world.
Millions of individuals of all races and backgrounds in the U.S. and around the world followed Mandela’s example and fought for the abolition of apartheid in South Africa. In the legislation authorizing Mandela’s Congressional Gold Medal, Congress specifically recognized Amy Elizabeth Biehl, an American student who lost her life in the struggle to free South Africa from racial oppression and the spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation displayed by her parents, Peter and Linda Biehl.
|Specification Name||Specification Value|
|Design||Obverse: T. James Ferrell|
Reverse: Thomas D. Rogers
|Struck Under |
|Public Law 105-215|
|Place Minted:||Philadelphia Mint(no mint mark)|
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