Franklin D. Roosevelt (1941)


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” / “President of the United States of America”

Reverse: “Jan. 20 1941” / Oak Leaves / “Third Inauguration” / Stars / Type 2: “2”

Edgemark: N/A

Size: 42mm

Designer: Jo Davidson

Medallist: United States Mint

Mintage: 1 (Gold) / 2 (Type 1 Silver) / 1000 (Type 1 Bronze) / 2000 (Type 2 Bronze)

  • The Inaugural Committee authorized the production of 1,000 bronze medals to be sold at $1.00 each.  This first run (“Type 1”) sold out immediately.
  • Following the success of Type 1, the Inaugural Committee commissioned an additional 2,000 bronze medals — in two 1,000 medal batches (“Type 2”).  Type 2 Medals were designated as such by the inclusion of the number “2” on the reverse.
  • Jo Davidson — a notable sculptor and personal friend of President Roosevelt — was selected to design the 1941 Medal.   Davidson indicated that he sought to capture President Roosevelt in a state of concentration.
  • Only two silver medals were produced — one for Davidson and one for the Chair of the Inaugural Committee, Nellie Taylor Ross.

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