The Donald J. Trump official presidential inaugural medal will be the
fifth consecutive presidential inaugural medal struck by the Medalcraft Mint.
Medalcraft Mint President Jerry Moran said late Jan. 19 he was
awaiting final approval to begin production of the Trump official
presidential inaugural medal in individual 2.75-inch bronze, 2.75-inch
.999 fine silver, and 2.75-inch 24-karat gold versions. A 1.25-inch,
14-karat gold medal will also be struck, for inclusion in a
three-medal set that will also include the bronze and silver medals.
Exact weights of each medal won’t be known until Medalcraft strikes
the first samples, Moran said. “Because of the relief in the portrait,
we will be splash minting the pieces,” Moran said.
Splash minting uses higher than normal striking pressure and a
thicker planchet to force metal into high relief dies. If no collar is
used, the technique allows the edge to become somewhat irregular. This
can be resolved by grinding off the excess metal, which reduces the
weight of the finished piece compared to the initial weight of the
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Medalcraft Mint is also striking two separate bronze medals
associated with the inauguration, one on behalf of the Ohio Republican
Committee and the other for the Republican National Committee. Those
two medals incorporate different obverse portraits of Trump; the
designs were proposed to the Trump Presidential Inaugural Committee
for the Trump official presidential inaugural medal, but not approved.
Medalcraft Mint is also producing a 24-karat gold-plated brass medal
of yet a different design for sale as an inaugural souvenir for Ace
Specialties, the Lafayette, La., firm selected to arrange for the
production and marketing of Trump inaugural memorabilia, including
medals, clothing and more.
Liberty Dollar creator marks Trump
inauguration with a new series:
The Inaugural Trump Dollar marks the Jan. 20, 2017, inauguration
of Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States.
Ace is reported to be responsible for the marketing and sales of
the Trump official presidential inaugural medals as well. Possibly
Presidential Coin & Antique Company in Clifton, Va., whose founder
H. Joseph Levine has been selling official presidential inaugural
committee medals for more than 40 years, will be also be involved in
sales of the Trump medals.
With the Trump contract confirmed, Medalcraft Mint, located in Green
Bay, Wis., continues a long tradition; it also received the contracts
from the presidential inaugural committees to strike the official
medals for the first and second terms, respectively, for Presidents
George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
Almost no medal
There almost wasn’t going to be a Trump official presidential
inaugural medal until Jimmy Hayes, a longtime collector, lobbyist for
Council for Tangible Assets and former Louisiana congressman,
stressed to Trump Presidential Inaugural Committee members the
historical importance of maintaining the longstanding tradition.
Hayes provided the committee with images of official presidential
inaugural medals from his own collection.
As part of the pitch to gain the contract, Moran said Medalcraft
Mint’s engraving staff initially executed five proposed obverse and
three proposed reverse designs, none of which were selected for the
Trump official presidential inaugural medal.
The obverse design that was awaiting final approval was presented
for consideration to the Trump family by Christl Mahfouz, president
and founder of Ace Specialties in Lafayette, La.
Hayes said the image of Trump from which Medalcraft rendered a
proposed obverse design was presented to Mahfouz by someone associated
with the Trump campaign.
The obverse that was awaiting final approval Jan. 19 portrays Trump
superimposed over cropped images of an American flag and the White
House. It is to be paired with a Presidential Seal reverse.
Charges for the Trump official presidential inaugural medal are
considered donations, with the proceeds to help offset the Trump
presidential campaign debts with the Republican National Committee and
Donald J. Trump for President Inc., but not for offsetting the costs
of staging the Trump inauguration.
James Dicke II, chairman of the Ohio Republican Committee and Ohio’s
national committeeman to the Republican National Committee,
commissioned Medalcraft Mint on behalf of the ORC to strike 500 bronze
Trump medals using an obverse design proposed for the official
presidential inaugural medal but rejected by the Trump committee,
paired with a reverse bearing a rendering of the Presidential Seal.
The bronze medals are 2.75 inches in diameter.
The medals, according to Dicke, will be distributed to Ohio donors,
volunteers and campaign workers for the Trump campaign.
Dicke also served as chairman of the Medals Committee for the two
George W. Bush official presidential inaugural medals.
Moran said Robert Paduchik, deputy co-chairman of the RNC, placed an
initial order for 325 bronze medals using a different Trump portrait
from among the five Medalcraft proposed and the Trump committee
rejected. The portrait is to be paired with a slightly different
rendering of the Presidential seal on the 2.75-inch bronze medals.
Paduchik subsequently placed a second order, Moran said Jan. 16, for
an additional 600 of the bronze medals for the RNC.
Medalcraft Mint also provided the artwork for the 25-millimeter
gold-plated brass Trump medal struck by the firm and being offered by
Specialities for $60.
The obverse design of that medal features in a central circle a
large number 45, with PRESIDENT / DONALD J. TRUMP in two lines above
and VICE PRESIDENT / MIKE PENCE in two lines below. In a vertical arc
to the left of the 45 is inscribed INAUGURATED and to the right,
JANUARY 20, 2017.
Around the border are 45 five-pointed stars, with the top star
larger than the remaining 44.
The reverse design depicts as its central device the U.S. Capitol
with the inaugural stage at which Trump takes the oath of office in
the front. A total of 50 small stars, 25 left and 25 right, appear in
the field flanking the Capitol. Inscribed within a ring around is
INAUGURATION OF PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT.
Circling the border are 45 small stars.
The shop.donaldjtrump.com website notes the website is
“Paid for by Trump Make America Great Again Committee, a joint
fundraising committee authorized by and composed of Donald J. Trump
for President, Inc. and the Republican National Committee.”
The official presidential inaugural medal is not to be confused with
the bronze Presidential medal struck by the U.S. Mint. The official
presidential inaugural medal is the medal chosen by the incoming
president’s Presidential Inaugural Committee or designated Medals
Committee. The Presidential medal is struck by the U.S. Mint with
designs approved by the seated president and from designs executed by
a member or members of the U.S. Mint’s engraving staff. President
Obama’s medals were released during his last week in office.
The Presidential medals struck by the Mint are produced in
1.3125-inch and 3-inch bronze sizes.
Assorted previous Presidential medals are currently being offered in
the same diameters by the U.S. Mint, priced at $6.95 and $39.95, respectively.