Dwight D. Eisenhower (1957)


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 Dwight D. Eisenhower and Vice-President Richard M. Nixon / “Second Inauguration • January 20 1957” / Sculptor’s Mark “W Hancock”

Reverse: Wreath of wheat encircling the words “Dwight David Eisenhower Richard Milhouse Nixon”

Edgemark: “Medallic Art Co. N.Y. Bronze”

Size: 70mm

Designer: Walker Hancock

Medallist: Medallic Art Company

Mintage: 2 (Gold) / 1,033 (Silver) / 21,705 (Bronze)

  • Pleased with Walker Hancock’s design for his first inaugural medal, Eisenhower requested that Hancock execute the design for the 1957 medal.
  • Hancock was designing a war memorial in Rome when he received the commission from the inaugural committee.  Unable to return to the United States, Hancock completed the design in its entirety while in Italy.
  • Eisenhower requested that Nixon’s likeness appear on the obverse of the medal.  This marks only the third occasion that a vice-president appears on an inaugural medal (the others being James Sherman in 1909 and James Garner in 1937).

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