James E. Carter (1977) (Proof 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 James E. Carter / “Jimmy Carter” / Sculptor’s mark “JH”

Reverse: Great Seal of the United States / “39th President of the United States of America” / “Inaugurated January 20, 1977”

Edgemark: “The Franklin Mint” / “(c) 1977 Inaugural Committee – Solid Bronze” / Franklin Mint Mark / “77” / “P” / Serial Number

Size: 70mm

Designer: Julian Hoke Harris

Medallist: The Franklin Mint

Mintage: 2 (Gold) / (Proof Silver) / 29,801 (Proof Bronze)

  • The Official 1977 Official Presidential Inaugural Medal included a Certificate of Authenticity dated January 10, 1977 and signed by Vicki Rogers and Bardyl Tirana, Co-Chairs of the Inaugural Committee.
  • The official medal also included a pamphlet entitled “Presidential Inaugural Medals: A Historic Tradition” by Neil MacNeil.
  • Julian Harris elected to show the President appearing serious rather than with his trademark smile in an effort to show the President “thinking about something.”
  • The initial obverse design featured the President’s full name.  The Inaugural Committee ultimately revised the medal to “Jimmy Carter” because “nobody knows him by anything else.”

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