Story last updated at 12/24/2008 - 10:52 am
One of the official duties of Alaska's Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell is "Keeper of the State Seal" and to ensure its proper use. Kaysa Korpella enlisted Parnell's help when she came up with the idea of recasting the Alaska Statehood Medallion authorized by the First Alaska Legislature in 1959.
The new casting of the bronze medallion was sculptured by Ralph J. Menconi of Pleasantville, NY. Originally minted 50 years ago, the new medallion has only one change: the date now reads January 3, 1959 - 2009. The coin exhibits the Alaska State Seal, and on the reverse side is the outline of Alaska superimposed on the map of the lower 48 states.
This limited edition medallion is being sold by Capital City Celebrations, a volunteer organization which is raising funds to cover the costs of the many 50th Statehood celebration events throughout the Juneau community. Priced at $45, the medallions and other anniversary items are currently on sale at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum.