Composition: 90 percent gold, 10 percent alloy
Diameter: 0.850 inches (± 0.003) or 21.59. mm (± 0.08)
Weight: 8.359 grams nominal
Mintage Limit: 100,000
Obverse: depicts the original Medal of Honor authorized by Congress in 1861 as the Navy's highest personal decoration.
Reverse: features Minerva, based on the common central image on both the original Navy and Army Medals of Honor. Minerva, standing with a shield representing the Army and Navy in her right hand and the Union flag in her left hand, is flanked by a field artillery cannon and wheel of the Civil War era.