"I wish to express my heartfelt thanks to each and every artist for their gorgeous designs," said liaison Stephanee Leech. "They were all awesome and made choosing our final recommendation a formidable task."
Once the Secretary of the Treasury has selected a final design, the Mint will slot it for production. It will be up to the Speaker of the House when to schedule an official ceremony at which the gold medal will be preented to the Smithsonian.
The Congressional Gold Medal is Congress's utmost expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions by individuals or institutions. Dating back to the American Revolution, The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest distinction Congress can bestow.