A Closer Look at 8 Native American Code Talker Coins

Vincent Schilling

On November 20, 2013, Speaker of the House John Boehner as well as a plethora of other high profile Washington, D.C. dignitaries came together at the U.S Capitol to honor 25 Native American tribal nations with Congressional Gold Medals. The ceremony honored the vast array of Native American code talkers who served in World War I and II. The mint states that six additional tribes are eligible for Congressional Gold Medals for their code talkers and will receive them at a future date, they are: the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe, Pueblo of Laguna, Rosebud Tribe and the Mohawk Tribe.

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Each tribal medal was designed to honor their perspective tribes. In a gesture of honor, we selected 8 tribes’ medals at random and will illustrate and describe them here. All of the medals can been seen on the U.S. Mint website.

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma

On the (obverse) front of the medal, a code talker is seen talking on a field phone while transcribing the Cherokee language. The words Cherokee Language and Code Talkers is written in English and Cherokee. On the reverse side of the coin is the Cherokee Nation Seal.

The Comanche Nation of Oklahoma

On the obverse of the Comanche medal is a design of the Comanche Code and Spirit Talker Monument, which is located at the Comanche Nation Headquarters. The words Comanche Code Talkers and Numunu, the Comanche word for “people,” is inscribed. The reverse contains the Comanche Nation logo, the 90th and 4th Infantry insignia and Puhihwitekwa Ekasahpana, which translates “soldiers talking on phones made of metal.”


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