Ronald Reagan (1985)


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 Portrait of President Ronald Reagan and Portrait of Vice President George Bush / “Second Inauguration” / “January 20, 1985” / “Mico K”

Reverse: Spread-wing Eagle Encircled by a Wreath / “President Ronald Reagan” / “Vice President George Bush”

Edgemark: “(c) C. 50th A.P.I. MACO Bronze”

Size: 70mm

Designer: Mico Kaufman

Medallist: Medallic Art Company

Mintage: (Gold) / (Silver) / (Bronze)

  • The Official 1985 Medal commemorates the 50th presidential inauguration.
  • Mico Kaufman designed three presidential inaugural medals (the most of any individual sculptor) and one vice-presidential medal.  His work was featured on the obverse of Ford’s official presidential inaugural medal, as well as Ford’s vice-presidential medal.  Kaufman also designed the inaugural medal for George H.W. Bush.
  • Among other accolades, Mico Kaufman was named Sculptor of the Year by the American Numismatic Society in 1978.
  • Kaufman began working on the design following a 50-minute session with the president.  According to a contemporaneous interview, Kaufman claims to have expended more time designing this Inaugural Medal than he spent on any of his other pieces in an effort to create “something unconventional.”
  • The obverse of the 1985 Medal features a double portrait of President Reagan and Vice President Bush, a design following in the tradition of including the vice-president on a president’s second inaugural medal.

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