July 2, 1972
Coins J, Edgar Hoover medal to honor ex - FBI chief By MORT REED The J. Edgar Hoover commemorative commemorative may bo some time in coming, but through the courtesy courtesy of Freedoms Foundation Award winner Ralph J. ilen - enni, the designer and sculptor, we are able to show photographs photographs of the complele artist's models. The medal will be issued issued by Presidential Art Medals, Medals, Inc., of Vandalia, Ohio ii371. Menconi captured the strong determined features of the No. 1 "G - Man" on Hie nhverse, surrounded surrounded by '18 stars denoting his 48 years of public service as director director nf the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The signature has been reproduced from a letter from Hoover to Menconi dated Feb. 2fi, 1970, during their discission discission of a portrait medal af Hoover. THE REVERSE depicts various various elements from the FBi sel, dominated by an unblind - folded statue of Justice holding a set of balanced scales In her right hand and a sprig of laurel In her left. The main device is flanked on the right by the words Department of Justice and on the lef by Federal Bureau of Investigation. Supporting the figure of Jus - lice is a scrolled banner bearing the mofto of the bureau: Fideli - ty - Bravery - Integrity. Thirteen stars punctuate Ihe various components. The medal will be issued In a limited edifion in antique bronze, 5,000 serially numbered pure silver, and 5O0 one - lOih 14 - karal gold - filled with a 21 - karat gold finish, Delivery is not expected expected until October but due to production limitations, plus advance advance reservations, R. James Harper, president of Presidential Presidential Art Medals, suggests interested interested readers write for details details and availability of Hoover medals in other than bronze.