Nationally known Portrait Artist Frank Morris is also a Master Designer for the United States Mint. He designs American coins and Congressional Medals. Recently he was invited to be present at one of the largest Congressional Gold Medal ceremonies of it's kind ever held in the Capital building because he created artistic designs for three of the Gold Medals.
Members of 35 different Native American Indian tribes from across America, gathered to be honored with Congressional Medals for their unique contributions as Native American Code Talkers during WWI and WWII. By speaking in their native tribal languages during both wars, they were able to transmit secret codes that were never deciphered by America's enemies. Congressional leaders, John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi led the commemoration to bestow the symbol of America's highest honor, to these soldiers and their family members. "I am honored that my artistic designs were selected for three of the medals. he said. "The US Mint has provided me with an amazing opportunity to have a hand in shaping the visual record that is so connected to our nation's historical events". Morris said his final designs were inspired by one of the iconic figures from Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling. "The figure of the Libyan Sibyl has always been one of my favorites that he painted, and it just popped into my head when I started thinking about the project."
Morris has also designed three Gold Collector Coins that honors American First Ladies Caroline Harrison, Ellen Wilson & Grace Coolidge. They were spouses of our 23rd, 28th & 30 Presidents of The United States. He added. "I consider myself very fortunate to be a part of this great American tradition of designing coins and medals for the US Mint."