Calvin Coolidge (1925)


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 Calvin Coolidge / “Inauguration March 4, 1925” / “Kilenyi”

Reverse: Seal of the United States / Oak Leaves / “President Calvin Coolidge” / “Vice President Charles G. Dawes” / “1925” / “1929”

Edgemark: N/A

Size: 70mm

Designer: Darrell Clayton Crain / Julio Kilenyi

Medallist: Medallic Art Company

Mintage: 2 (Gold) / (Silver) / ~75 (Bronze)

  • Like the 1921 Medal before it, the 1925 Medal is considered “unofficial” as it was not authorized by the Inaugural Committee.
  • In February 1925, the Inaugural Committee decided to withdraw funding for an official medal in light of the austerity sought by President Coolidge.
  • Rather than commission and fund the striking of several thousand medals for distribution and sale, the Inaugural Committee authorized only two gold badges (for the President and the Vice President) and only enough bronze badges for committee members.
  • For the first time, the Medallic Art Company of New York struck the inaugural medal.  MACO would go on to manufacture more inaugural medals than any other company in the ensuing years.

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