Richard M. Nixon (1973) (Traditional Finish)


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 Richard M. Nixon and Vice President Spiro T. Agnew

Reverse: Seal of the Office of the President / “Inaugurated to Second Term of Office January 20, 1973”

Edgemark: “The Franklin Mint” /  “(c) 1973 Inaugural Committee – Solid Bronze”

Size: 70mm

Designer: Gilroy Roberts

Medallist: The Franklin Mint

Mintage: 2 (Gold) / 6,860 (Traditional Silver) / 56,574 (Traditional Bronze)

  • The Official 1973 Presidential Inaugural Medal included a short pamphlet titled “The Official Inaugural Medals: An American Medallic Heritage” by Richard B. Dusterberg.
  • Gilroy Roberts also designed the obverse of the John F. Kennedy half-dollar.  Accordingly, the 1973 Nixon medal was the first to feature artwork designed by an artist whose portraiture was also featured on American currency.
  • The 1973 Nixon Medal was the first offered to the public in both traditional and proof finishes.
  • Naturally, the 1973 Nixon Medal is the only Inaugural Medal to feature a President and Vice President who both resigned their respective offices during their term.

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