Gerald R. Ford (1974)


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: Three-Quarter Profile of President Gerald R. Ford / “Gerald R. Ford”

Reverse: Swooping Eagle and Seal of the President of the United States / “38th President of the United States of America” / “Inaugurated August 9, 1974”

Edgemark: “Medallic Art Co. N.Y. Bronze” / Serial Number

Size: 70mm

Designer: Mico Kaufman (obv.) / Frank Eliscu (rev.)

Medallist: Medallic Art Company

Mintage: (Gold) / (Silver) / 13,664 (Bronze)

  • The 1974 Inaugural Medal was the first official medal to feature a design by Mico Kaufman.  A survivor of a WWII forced labor camp, Kaufman would craft the official inaugural medals for Presidents Reagan (second term) and George H.W. Bush.
  • Kaufman also rendered the design for President Ford’s vice-presidential medal during the Nixon Administration.
  • The reverse was created by Frank Eliscu and features a diving eagle with talons outstretched.  A student of the Pratt Institute, Eliscu is remembered for designing the Heisman Trophy at the age of 20.  In addition, Eliscu is responsible for the five-story-tall frieze that decorates the Library of Congress
  • A popular story suggests that President Ford gifted a copy of this medal to Leonid Brezhnev during a presidential visit to the Soviet Union.
  • The 1974 Inaugural Medal was struck in bronze, antique silver, proof silver and silver vermeil.  A set of all four medals was sold in a limited edition of 500.

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