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” “P”
Designer: Gilroy Roberts
Medallist: The Franklin Mint
Mintage: 2 (Gold) / 16,302 (Proof Silver) / 49,780 (Proof 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. The proof finish is pictured here.
- 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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