presidential inaugural medals dated 1921 featuring a portrait of
Warren G. Harding are among the few collectibles recognizing the
president's installation since Harding himself requested that all
inaugural activities be canceled in an austere money-saving measure
during the depression of 1920 to 1921 following World War I.
the official Inaugural Committee wanted to keep the medallic tradition
alive and commissioned R. Harris & Company to strike several
70-millimeter gold, silver and bronze versions of designs by Darrell
C. Crain. Only two or three gold examples are reported to have been
produced, fewer than 10 silver examples and fewer than 60 of the
Jospeh Levine, at Presidential Coin & Antique in Virginia,
suggests that six silver Harding medals are extant.
author Neil MacNeil published his 1977 book The President's Medal:
1789-1977, that author suggested only four examples of the silver
medal were known to exist. Numismatist Rex Stark from Rex Stark
Americana in Gardner, Mass., says that, since the publication of
MacNeil's book, several other examples of the silver medal have
surfaced, with no more than eight to 10 examples total extant today.
Connect with Coin World:
is offering a choice About Uncirculated example of the silver version
for $30,000 in his Fixed-Price List No. 82.
indicate that examples of the gold medal were given to President
Harding and Vice President Calvin Coolidge, but whether Edward B.
McLean, as chairman of the Inaugural Committee, also received a gold
medal is not known.
more information, contact Stark by telephone at 978-630-3237 or via
email at email@example.com.