Collectors may now begin placing orders with the U.S. Mint at www.usmint.gov for
the two bronze presidential medals marking President Barack Obama’s
two terms in office. For each, a 1.3125-inch version costs $6.95 and a
3-inch example is priced at $39.95.
President Obama was presented 3-inch bronze examples of the two
medals Jan. 17 during a brief ceremony in the Oval Office at the White
House by outgoing Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, Deputy Secretary Sarah
Bloom Raskin and U.S. Mint Principal Deputy Director Rhett Jeppson.
“It has been a privilege to serve President Obama over these last
eight years and to have witnessed his leadership up close,” Secretary
Lew said. “His historic presidency has improved the lives of millions
of Americans and the medals presented today are just one way that his
legacy will be honored.”
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Presidential medals represent a longtime custom, honoring each
president of the United States with an official medal for each term in
office. Since the 1960s, with the exception of Ronald Reagan, all
presidents who served more than one term have received two medals.
“The medals presented to President Obama ensure that a long-standing
tradition of honoring our presidents remains unbroken,” Jeppson said.
“Designed, sculpted and struck by the men and women of the U.S. Mint,
the medals institutionalize his legacy in a tangible and historical
form alongside those leaders who preceded him — from Washington to present.”
The medals presented to President Obama are likely to be housed in a
future presidential library.
Also participating in the Jan. 17 ceremony were Elisa Basnight,
chief of staff of the Mint; Donald Everhart II, lead sculptor-engraver from
the Mint’s engraving staff at the Philadelphia Mint; and Phebe Hemphill, Mint medallic sculptor.
Everhart designed and sculptured the reverse of the first-term medal
and designed and sculptured both the obverse and reverse of the medal
honoring the president’s second term. Hemphill sculptured the obverse
of the first-term medal, designed by U.S. Mint Artistic Infusion
Program artist Richard A. Masters.
Each obverse depicts a different portrait of the president, while
the reverses carry passages excerpted from memorable speeches
delivered during his presidency.