Proposed designs for two Presidential medals to be struck by the U.S. Mint for President Obama’s two terms in office were recommended June 16 by the Commission of Fine Arts.
The coin and medal design advisory panel reviewed two obverse and one reverse design for the Obama medal recognizing the 44th president’s first four-year term as the nation’s chief executive and one obverse and two reverse redesigns indicative of the president’s second term.
The proposed designs will also be reviewed by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee on June 27.
The recommendations from both panels, as well as those of U.S. Mint officials, will be forwarded to the Treasury secretary or his designee for final approval.
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The medals continue a U.S. Mint medal tradition dating to the 19th century.
Collectors will have the opportunity to purchase 3-inch and 1.3125-inch bronze duplicates of both Obama Presidential medals once available from the U.S. Mint.
Three-inch Presidential medals currently offered by the U.S. Mint for previous presidents are available for $39.95 and the 1.3125-inch medals for $6.95.
The obverse design recommended by the CFA for President Obama’s first-term Presidential medal depicts the president with the beginning of a smile and facing slightly to his right.