Andrew Carnegie established the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission in 1904 to recognize acts of selfless heroism in the USA and Canada. The Commission, which operates as a private foundation, awards the Carnegie Medal to individuals who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others.
Medalcraft Mint began minting the Carnegie Medals in 2020, creating a new die for every recipient or their family. Each of the approximately 18 medals created per quarter includes a profile image of Mr. Carnegie, a short description of the deed it commemorates, and the Biblical quotation: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13.
The Commission’s Deed of Trust established a fund to recognize persons “in peaceful vocations” who act to “preserve or rescue their fellows.” The 3-inch bronze medallions feature an antique finish, and accent polished obverse. The die-striking process used by Medalcraft Mint’s craftsmen delivers exquisite detail worthy of the Carnegie name.
“Medalcraft’s strong reputation and pedigree as manufacturers of fine medallic art was attractive to us in our search,” said Eric Zahren, president of the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission. “Their care with the Carnegie Medal reflects the honor and distinction of North America’s highest civilian award for heroism.”