Herbert Hoover (1929)


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 Herbert Hoover / “Inauguration • March 4 1929”

Reverse: Seal of the United States / “Herbert Hoover President Charles Curtis Vice President” / Highlights of Hoover’s Career: Star Shining on Western Europe, Mining Equipment, Symbols of Commerce

Edgemark: N/A

Size: 70mm

Designer: Henry K. Bush-Brown

Medallist: Medallic Art Company (die manufacture) / United States Mint (striking)

Mintage: 2 (Gold) / (Silver) / 1012 (Bronze)

  • The 1929 Medal marks a return to the inaugural medal tradition after two successive Inaugural Committees (1921 and 1925) failed to authorize a striking.
  • The Inaugural Committee revived the inaugural medal despite cancelling the inaugural ball and other festivities.
  • Henry K. Bush-Brown — a member of the Inaugural Committee — was selected to design the medal.
  • The reverse depicts highlights from President Hoover’s working life, including his involvement in the European relief efforts following WWI, his career as a mining engineer and his role as Secretary of Commerce in the Harding Administration.
  • The 1929 Medal marked the first occasion on which the Inaugural Committee offered to the public the opportunity to purchase medals.  The medals were initially sold for $2.50 each.

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