The United States
Mint will resume production for four Presidential bronze medals
that were taken off sale several years ago, according to an
announcement from the Mint Nov. 5.
Three-inch and 1.3125-inch medals for Thomas
Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan
were put back on sale Nov. 6.
The bronze medals, composed of 90 percent copper and 10 percent
zinc, are struck without Mint mark at the Philadelphia Mint.
The 3-inch medals are being offered at $39.95 and the 1.3125-inch
medals for $6.95.
The Thomas Jefferson medal, based on U.S. Mint Chief Engraver Robert Scot’s original work, portrays the
nation’s third president facing left. The Indian peace medal reverse
features a symbolic friendship handshake between the American
government and the Indian nations. Above the hands are a crossed pipe
The obverse of the Theodore Roosevelt medal, originally executed in
1905, depicts a bespectacled Roosevelt facing left, while the reverse
depicts Columbia, her right hand resting upon a column bearing a
cinerary urn and devices symbolizing the authority of the United
States, with the U.S. Capitol in the background. The obverse was
designed and sculptured by U.S. Mint Chief Engraver Charles E. Barber; U.S. Mint Assistant Engraver
George T. Morgan designed and sculptured the reverse.
U.S. Mint Chief Engraver John R. Sinnock designed and sculptured the
obverse and reverse of the Franklin Roosevelt medal, originally
executed in 1945. Sinnock’s initials, JRS, appear on the obverse of
the medal depicting a right-facing Roosevelt. Sinnock’s full surname
appears on the reverse, which features a seated figure, representing a
sorrowful nation, dropping a wreath upon the waters.
The Reagan medal, initially issued in 1981, was designed and
sculptured by U.S. Mint Chief Engraver Elizabeth Jones. A portrait
right of Reagan appears on the obverse, and a rendition of the
landscape of Yosemite National Park is on the reverse.