The 2011 Fallen Heroes of 9/11 Bronze Medals: The New York Medal

Background

Background

The tragic deaths at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in rural Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001, forever changed our nation. Civilians, officers, emergency workers, members of the military, and employees of federal, state and local government agencies took heroic and noble action on that day.

In recognition of the support of the country for those who lost their lives to terrorism, Congress authorized the production of three Congressional Gold Medals—one for each of the three sites—and corresponding bronze duplicate medals. Each medal bears a unique design.

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Characteristics

The obverse (heads side) features an abstract representation of two towers. The abstract lines flowing downward symbolize loss while the lines moving upward represent rising above, hope, and deliverance from that loss. This configuration also suggests the Twin Towers. The numbers 93, 77, 175, and 11 represent the four planes involved in the tragic events of 9/11 and are positioned as if on a clock, representing the times of the crashes. The words "Always Remember" are set upon a stone wall similar to the wall that bears the names of the victims at the memorial.

The reverse (tails side) features a single rose protruding from an edge at the top, an echo of the memorial in New York where a white rose is placed through the name of each victim on his or her birthday.

The design also features a bald eagle standing sentinel and clasping branches of laurel signifying an eternal honoring of those who perished in the tragedies.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • ALWAYS REMEMBER
  • ACT OF CONGRESS 2011
  • 93 77 175 11

Reverse Inscriptions

  • WE HONOR THE THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT PEOPLE FROM MORE THAN 90 COUNTRIES LOST AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER IN THE ATTACKS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001. MAY THEIR MEMORY INSPIRE AN END TO INTOLERANCE.

Mint and Mint Mark

Artist Information

Obverse
  • Sculptor: Jim Licaretz, Sculptor-Engraver
  • Designer: Joel Iskowitz
Reverse Content last reviewed June 1, 2016

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