As of this issue of
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
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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.
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
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.