Collectors can now purchase examples of a 70-millimeter bronze medal
struck by Medalcraft
Mint that bears an obverse portrait of President Donald J. Trump
that was proposed but not adopted for the official inaugural medal.
The medal was commissioned by the Ohio Republican Committee for
distribution to VIPs attending the inauguration in Washington.
Because of the Trump Presidential Inaugural Committee’s indecision
in selecting medal designs for the official inaugural medal, the ORC
was permitted to choose among Medalcraft Mint’s five proposed Trump
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The obverse of the medal was designed by Medalcraft Mint artist Peer Hansen,
the ORC medal is inscribed incuse on the edge MEDALCRAFT MINT at the
12 o’clock position and OHIO OIM 2017 at the 6 o’clock position.
Hansen also designed the obverse portrait for the 2013 Obama
official presidential inaugural medal.The Trump portrait is paired
with a rendition of the Presidential seal.
Approximately 500 of the ORC medals were struck for inauguration distribution.
ORC medals that were not distributed are offered for $60 each, plus
postage and insurance, from Presidential Coin & Antique Company
Inc., P.O. Box 277, Clifton, VA 20124. Telephone the firm at
571-321-2121 or email the business at JLevine968@aol.com.
Meanwhile, production of the Trump official presidential inaugural
committee medal continues to be delayed until approval can be obtained
to use a portion of the White House facade behind the proposed obverse
portrait of President Trump, although it is unclear whether that
approval is necessary.
Jimmy Hayes, a longtime collector and former Republican congressman
from Louisiana, said Feb. 6 that he has found no documented
prohibition of using the White House as a design device.
Hayes said when he learned what was holding up the start of
production of the Trump official presidential inaugural medal, he
contacted Christl Mahfouz, founder and president of Ace Specialties in Lafayette,
La., which is overseeing development, production and marketing for the medal.
“I sent Christl an image of the 1985 [Ronald] Reagan special
inaugural medal,” Hayes said. “Since Jan. 20 fell on Sunday, a
ceremony was held at the White House before the Monday public inauguration.
“The medal is official and bears an obverse image of the White House.
“I had hoped this would help them convince the White House counsel.
I would like to see the source of any prohibition as I cannot find it.”
Most are aware of the public inauguration for the Ronald
Reagan–George H.W. Bush second term, held Monday, Jan. 21, 1985, in
harmony with long-standing tradition that it not be held on the
Christian Sabbath. And, as could be expected, an official presidential
inaugural medal was issued for the Jan. 21, 1985, public inauguration.
However, because President Reagan’s first term expired Jan. 19, to
preserve continuity of governance, a private inaugural ceremony was
held in the White House on Sunday, Jan. 20, 1985, where President
Reagan and Vice President Bush were officially sworn in by Chief
Justice of the United States William Rehnquist.
Marking that ceremony, a separate official inaugural medal, a
43-millimeter by 50-millimeter hexagonal Reagan “Sunday” medal,
depicting the White House on the obverse, was produced in
silver-plated bronze by Medallic Art Company.
The official inaugural medal for President Trump, which will be
authorized by the Trump Presidential Inaugural Committee, is not to be
confused with the Presidential medal yet to be struck by the U.S. Mint
to chronicle President Trump’s tenancy in the position of 45th chief
executive of the United States.
Medalcraft Mint is expected to begin production of the inaugural
medal as soon as final designs are approved.