This medal is a miniature bronze duplicate of the Congressional Gold Medal awarded to Professor Muhammad Yunus at a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol Building on April 17, 2013, in recognition of his contributions to fighting global poverty. The medal measures 1.5” in diameter.
The obverse (heads) side features a portrait of Professor Yunus with the traditional Bengali jamdani fabric design, reflecting his optimistic and cheerful demeanor. Jamdani is a Bangladeshi hand-woven fabric made of cotton, historically referred to as muslin. Inscriptions are PROFESSOR MUHAMMAD YUNUS, ACT OF CONGRESS and 2010.
The reverse (tails), designed by United States Mint AIP Master Designer Richard Masters and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Jim Licaretz, depicts a lotus open in full bloom, rising above the water and cradling the world in its petals, symbolizing Professor Yunus’ dream to end world poverty. The design is partially framed by the inscription BANKER TO THE POOR, a common reference to Yunus. The Bengali translation for "Let us send poverty to the museum," is inscribed on the globe.
Professor Muhammad Yunus is recognized for his extraordinary contributions to fighting global poverty. He is recognized in the U.S. and throughout the world as a leading figure in this fight and the effort to promote economic and social change. His accomplishments include:
- Founding the concept of very small “microcredit” loans at competitive interest rates to the very poor and Grameen Bank, which pioneered his microcredit concept. The model developed by Grameen Bank has been emulated across the world.
- Having a particularly strong impact on women and their families, as more than 95 percent of microcredit borrowers are women.
- Receiving the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize and 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom.
|Specification Name||Specification Value|
|Design||Obverse: Donna Weaver|
Sculpted by Phebe Hemphill
Reverse: Richard Masters
Sculpted by: Jim Licaretz
|Struck Under Authority of:||Public Law 111-253|
|Place Struck:||Philadelphia (no mint mark)|
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