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  Congressional Gold Medal Recipient President Ronald Reagan
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ContributorThomas Walker 
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DescriptionPublic Law 106-251 authorizes the Department of Treasury to produce and award the Congressional Gold Medal to former President Ronald and Nancy Reagan.

Both former President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy Reagan have distinguished records of public service to the United States, the American people, and the international community. As President, Ronald Reagan restored "the great, confident roar of American progress, growth, and optimism," a pledge which he made before he was elected to office. President Reagan's leadership was instrumental in uniting a divided world by bringing about an end to the cold war. The United States enjoyed sustained economic prosperity and employment growth during Ronald Reagan's presidency. President Reagan's wife Nancy served not only as a gracious First Lady but also as a proponent for preventing alcohol and drug use among the Nation's youth by championing the "Just Say No" campaign. Together, Ronald and Nancy Reagan dedicated their lives to promoting national pride and to bettering the quality of life in the United States and throughout the world.

The US Mint honored former President Ronald Reagan with a bronze medal in his honor. It depicts Ronald and Nancy Reagan.

The obverse (front) of the medal, by Mint engraver John Mercanti, features a portrait of the former President and Mrs. Reagan with the inscription “RONALD AND NANCY REAGAN” centered along the top of the medal and the inscription “BY ACT OF CONGRESS 2000” centered under the portrait.
The reverse of the medal, by Mint engraver Donna Weaver, features the American Bald Eagle superimposed in flight over the United States Flag. The inscription “PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH” is centered under the stars of the flag, and the inscription “DISTINGUISHED LEADERSHIP 1981-1989” centered under the lower wing of the eagle.

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