Franklin D. Roosevelt (1937)


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 Franklin D. Roosevelt / “Franklin • Delano • Roosevelt” / “Second Inauguration Jan. 20 1937” / “31st. President” / “1933” / “1941”

Reverse: Profile of Vice President John Garner / “John Nance Garner” / “32nd. Vice President”

Edgemark: N/A

Size: 76mm

Designer: Joseph Atchison

Medallist: Medallic Art Company of New York

Mintage: 2 (Gold) / 2 (Silver) / 1006 (Bronze)

  • The 1937 Medal is the first and only inaugural medal to feature portraits on both the obverse and the reverse.
  • Likewise, the 1937 Medal is the first and only inaugural medal to have its lettering applied by incuse, rather than by stamping in relief.
  • As shown on the obverse, President Roosevelt was sworn into office on January 20.  He was the first president to be inaugurated on this constitionally-mandated date (as the 20th Amendment passed during his first term).
  • Like the 1933 Medal, the 1937 Medal indicates that President Roosevelt was the 31st president — rather than the 32nd.

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