William McKinley (1901)


A detailed guide to the Medals can be found here — The Book.  Also, the Medals are discussed on this Coin World podcast and this Newman Numismatic Portal Symposium presentation.

Obverse: Profile of President William McKinley / “Second Inauguration of William McKinley”

Reverse: Capitol Building / “William McKinley President of the United States • Theodore Roosevelt Vice-President” / “Mar. 4 1901”

Edgemark: None

Size: 44mm

Designer: Staff

Medallist: Joseph K. Davison Company

Mintage: ~2 (Gold) / Unknown (Silver) / 3,000-4,000 (Bronze)

  • The Official 1901 Medal was the first of its kind, establishing the long-running tradition of commemorative presidential inaugural medals.
  • Each member of the Inaugural Committee received a medal, along with a box marked with the words “Official Medal of Inauguration Committee, March 4th, 1901, John Jay Edson, Chairman.”
  • The Inaugural Committee spent nearly $1,800 on the production of the medal.
  • Silver specimens exist, but their quantity is unknown.  Likewise, it is unknown whether a gold version was struck for presentation to the President.
  • Although the Joseph K. Davison Company struck the medal, the dies were prepared by the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia.

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