Theodore Roosevelt (1905) (Saint-Gaudens)

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Obverse: Profile of President Theodore Roosevelt / “Theodore • Roosevelt” / “President of the United States of America” / “AEQVVM CVIQVE”

Reverse: Standing Eagle / “Washington DC March IV M C M V” / “E PLURIBUS UNUM”

Edgemark: N/A

Size: 74mm

Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens

Medallist: Tiffany & Company

Mintage: 2 (Gold) / 0 (Silver) / 120 (Bronze)

  • President Roosevelt’s 1905 inauguration featured two official inaugural medals.
  • The Inaugural Committee authorized Joseph K. Davison’s Sons to strike a bronze medal, designed by Morgan and Barber.  Additionally, Roosevelt requested that Augustus Saint-Gaudens design a second commemorative medal, depicted above.
  • Citing a busy schedule, Saint-Gaudens enlisted the assistance of Adolph Weinman (who later designed the winged Liberty dime).  Records suggest that the composition of the 1905 Medal is that of Saint-Gaudens, while the engraving and detailed design work fell to Weinman.
  • Saint-Gaudens insisted the medal be struck by either Tiffany & Co. or Gorham Manufacturing Company.  President Roosevelt consented to the use of the former.
  • The obverse features a bust of President Roosevelt and a Greek inscription (“Aequum Cuique”) meaning “To each, that which is equitable.”
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