Proposed designs for the two Presidential medals to be struck by the
marking President Obama's two four-year terms as the nation's chief
executive were recommended June 27 by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.
The designs were recommended without any discussion by the CCAC. The
designs were endorsed based on a motion initiated by CCAC member
Donald Scarinci, a New Jersey attorney and medallic art specialist.
The designs recommended by the CCAC are the same as those
recommended June 16 by the Commission of Fine Arts.
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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 designs indicative of the president’s
The CCAC considered the designs during its meeting, followed by a
public forum, held in conjunction with the American Numismatic
Association Summer Seminar on the campus of Colorado College in
Colorado Springs, Colo.
The obverse of the proposed first-term medal design features a
close-up image of President Obama with the beginning of a smile and
facing slightly to his right. Inscribed in the field along the left
border is BARACK OBAMA.
The obverse design not recommended shows the same pose only with the
president's suit coat, shirt and tie more exposed.
The recommended reverse design is inscribed with an excerpt from
President Obama's Jan. 20, 2009, inaugural address.
The CCAC-recommended obverse design for the second-term Presidential
medal shows a portrait of President Obama facing left, a look of
determination on his face. The recommended reverse design employs an
excerpt from President Obama's Jan. 20, 2013, inaugural address.
The reverse design not recommended has the words WE THE PEOPLE, WE
SHALL OVERCOME and YES WE CAN around the top border within the circle
of 50 stars instead of below the inaugural address excerpt.
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.