JUNEAU - One of the "official" duties of Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell is "Keeper of the State Seal" and to ensure its proper use. Therefore, Kaysa Korpella was appreciative of Parnell's help when she came up with the idea to recast the Alaska Statehood Medallion authorized by the First Alaska Legislature in 1959.
The new casting of the bronze medallion - sculptured by Ralph J. Menconi, of Pleasantville, N.Y., and minted 50 years ago - has only one change: The date is now Jan. 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.