George H.W. Bush (1989)


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: Depiction of George Bush with the President’s signature, name and a stylized eagle.  Sculptor’s mark, “MICO K.”

Reverse: Armed Freedom Statute with a Silhouette of the Capitol Building / “Inaugurated January 20, 1989” / “200th Anniversary of the First Presidential Inauguration” / “41st President of the United States of America”

Edgemark: “(c) ABPIC-1988 P.I.C.” / “Medallic Art Company – Damnbury, C.T. – Bronze”

Size: 70mm

Designer: Mico Kaufman

Medallist: Medallic Art Company

Mintage: 2 (Gold) / (Silver) / 6,884 (Bronze)

  • The Official 1989 Presidential Inaugural Medal included a Certificate of Authenticity dated January 9, 1989 and signed by Bobby Holt and Percy North, Co-Chairmen of the Inaugural Committee.
  • The Inaugural Medal highlights the 200th anniversary of the first presidential inauguration.
  • The portrait of Bush the Elder departs from prior presidential depictions, opting not to present the president in business attire.
  • At the time, Medallic Art Company had produced ten of the preceding twelve inaugural medals.
  • 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 portrait of Ronald Reagan and George Bush on Reagan’s 1985 inaugural medal.
  • Kaufman was born in Romania and was interned in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II.  He emigrated to the United States in 1951.

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