Paul Gilkes

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Paul Gilkes

Paul is a senior editor and has been a member of the Coin World staff since 1988. Paul covers the U.S. Mint beat and has memorably reported for more than two decades on many of the hobby's most important stories including the record sale of the Farouk/Fenton 1933 double eagle and the ongoing legal proceedings of the Langbord 1933 double eagles. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Grove City College in Pennsylvania and collects autographs and memorabilia from The Andy Griffith Show.

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After the election: Expect the Trump campaign to issue official inaugural medals

With less than three months remaining in his second term as the nation’s chief executive, President Obama’s selection of designs for his two presidential medals to be struck by the U.S. Mint have yet to be announced.

And now with Donald Trump elected Nov. 8 as the 45th president of the United States, the U.S. Mint’s engraving staff can look ahead to executing designs for Trump’s bronze presidential medal.

What the election of President-elect Trump means for collectors: Donald Trump’s election as the 45th president of the United States opens the door to a number of numismatic collectibles for hobbyists to pursue.

Collectors will not only have the opportunity to look ahead to the Obama and Trump presidential medals to be struck by the U.S. Mint, but also the official presidential inaugural medal for Trump to be produced by a private mint.

It is believed the selections for the Obama presidential medals have been made, but just not announced. The hold-up, apparently, is at the White House.

There were few designs received from the U.S. Mint’s engraving staff from which the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee and Commission of Fine Arts could make recommendations — two proposed obverse designs and one reverse for the first term; and one obverse and two reverse designs proposed for the second-term medal.

The two coin and medal advisory panels reviewed the designs and made their recommendations in June. Both panels recommended the same designs.

Designs for two Obama Presidential medals receive CCAC nod: Proposed designs for the two Presidential medals to mark President Obama's two terms were recommended June 27 by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.

Private mints have already likely readied proposed designs or prototype medals for submission to the Trump presidential inaugural committee’s team charged with overseeing the medal design selections and execution. The medals are often among the most sought after presidential memorabilia from an incoming president’s inauguration.

The inaugural medal committee has not likely been established yet, though.

It will be interesting to see what kind of designs are proposed for the official Trump inaugural medal.
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