Official presidential inaugural medal for Donald J. Trump still in limbo

Designs remain unapproved and entities involved are mum on the subject
By , Coin World
Published : 03/03/17
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As of this issue of Coin World, going to press March 3, Donald J. Trump will have been president of the United States for 44 days, and there’s still no indication of an official presidential inaugural medal in sight.

The holdup is that no decision has been reached on the final designs to be used.

Traditionally, official presidential inaugural medals — commissioned by the Presidential Inaugural Committee representing the incoming president — have been struck in various compositions, usually bronze, silver and gold, and made available for sale to the public before inauguration day.

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However, in the case of an official Trump medal, its issuance has become more of an afterthought than tradition.

Consideration was not even given to producing an official Trump medal until Jimmy Hayes, a longtime collector and former congressman from Louisiana, pointed out to Trump’s camp that failure to issue an official medal would snap a tradition of official presidential inaugural medals dating back to the late 19th century.

A number of privately issued medals touting President’s Trump election as the nation’s chief executive have been issued, as well as noncirculating coins authorized by foreign governments.

Ace Specialties, a Lafayette, La., firm authorized by the Trump Transition Team to market Trump presidential collectibles, is already selling a Trump medal, but it does not bear Trump’s likeness.

That medal is being produced by Medalcraft Mint, the same firm that is waiting to find out whether it will get the green light to strike the official medals.

Medalcraft Mint is currently under instruction from Trump team officials not to release any additional information on the pending disposition of official medals.

Officials from Ace Specialties continue to ignore Coin World’s telephone and email inquiries as to the status of the medallic production.

Medalcraft Mint apparently awaits approval for the medal’s obverse, a Trump portrait with White House rendition in the background, a design that has undergone multiple revisions. It would be paired with a reverse depicting a rendition of the Presidential seal.

The latest obstacle is reported to be whether a White House rendition can be legally used as part of the design, an argument that in Hayes’ opinion holds no merit. 

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Older Comments (4)
If a rendition of the White House in the background is the only holdup to getting an official Trump inaugural medal issued, why not just eliminate it (and the small portion of our flag that is to the left of it)? Inaugural medals of past Presidents have featured only a portrait of the President being honored; I believe the rendering of Trump is realistic and impressive enough to stand on its own on the obverse. Since the President has been been in office for a month and a half now, surely the inaugural committee's work is all but done; I can't imagine them having anything left to do other than approving the medal. I really think they would have a best-seller if they would just issue the thing!
I read that the Republican National Committee had also picked a design and had ordered over 800 medals. I have not seen them offered for sale either. I am still hopeful for both the Official medal and the RNC medal.
We are still waiting on a Trump inaugural medal. This medal design contains Trump portrait with White House rendition in the background. I am eagerly waiting for medal design. Thanks for sharing. check it out for torrent sites