Reagan, the Roosevelts and Jefferson Medals Reissued

by Mike Unser on November 16, 2015 · 5 comments

The United States Mint is reissuing Presidential bronze medals that were taken off sale several years ago.

Jefferson, Roosevelt and Regan bronze medals

U.S. Mint newly issued bronze medals include those featuring Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan

The U.S. Mint had been offering medals of only the more recent presidents and those of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. Added to the Mint’s product line-up on Friday, Nov. 6, are 1.5-inch and 3-inch bronze medals featuring:

  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • Franklin Roosevelt
  • Ronald Reagan

Pricing varies by medal size. The smaller 1.5-inch medals are $6.95 each while the larger 3-inch medals are $39.95 each.

The United States Mint has produced Presidential medals since the earliest days of the Republic. They were presented to American Indian chiefs and other important leaders at events like treaty signings. Struck in 90% copper and 10% zinc by the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia, obverses feature a portrait of the president while reverses offer varying designs and inscriptions.

Presidential medals are available from the U.S. Mint’s website, right here, or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

To follow are descriptions and photos of 1.5-inch medals featuring Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan. The medals photographed are of those that the U.S. Mint sold years earlier.

Thomas Jefferson Bronze Medal

This bronze medal is replica of the Thomas Jefferson peace medal.

Thomas Jefferson Bronze Medal, Obverse

Thomas Jefferson Bronze Medal, obverse. The obverse designer and sculptor are unknown. It depicts a side view of the president’s head and shoulders. Surrounding inscriptions are TH. JEFFERSON, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES and A.D. 1801.

Thomas Jefferson Bronze Medal, Reverse

Thomas Jefferson Bronze Medal, reverse. Designed and sculpted by John Reich, it depicts a symbolic friendship handshake between the American government and the Indian nations. Above the hands are a crossed pipe and tomahawk, with the inscription PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP intertwined through the design.

 

Theodore Roosevelt Bronze Medal

This bronze medal commemorates the presidency of Teddy Roosevelt.

Theodore Roosevelt Bronze Medal, Obverse

Theodore Roosevelt Bronze Medal, obverse. Designed and sculpted by C.E. Barber, it shows a portrait of Theodore Roosevelt with the inscription THEODORE ROOSEVELT centered along the border.

Theodore Roosevelt Bronze Medal, Reverse

Theodore Roosevelt Bronze Medal, reverse. Designed and sculpted by George T. Morgan, it depicts Columbia with her right hand resting upon a column bearing a cinerary urn and devices symbolizing the authority of the United States with the U.S. Capitol in the background. Inscriptions are INAUGURATED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES SEP. 24, 1901, and SECOND TERM MARCH 4, 1905.

 

Franklin Roosevelt Bronze Medal

This bronze medal commemorates the presidency of FDR.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Bronze Medal, Obverse

Franklin D. Roosevelt Bronze Medal, obverse. Designed and sculpted by John Ray Sinnock, it depicts a portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Inscriptions are PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES and FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Bronze Medal, Reverse

Franklin D. Roosevelt Bronze Medal, reverse. Also designed and sculpted by John Ray Sinnock, it features a seated figure representing a sorrowful nation dropping a wreath upon the waters. Inscriptions are FOR COUNTRY AND HUMANITY, INAUGURATED PRESIDENT MAR. 4, 1933, JAN. 20, 1937, JAN. 20, 1941, JAN. 20, 1945, DIED APRIL 12, 1945 and IN MEMORIAM.

 

Ronald Reagan Bronze Medal

This bronze medal commemorates the presidency of Reagan.

Ronald Reagan Bronze Medal, Obverse

Ronald Reagan Bronze Medal, obverse. Designed and sculpted by Elizabeth Jones, it features a portrait of Ronald Reagan with the inscription RONALD REAGAN centered along the top of the medal and PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES centered along the lower border.

Ronald Reagan Bronze Medal, Reverse

Ronald Reagan Bronze Medal, reverse. Also designed and sculpted by Elizabeth Jones, it features Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Inscriptions are LET US RENEW OUR FAITH AND OUR HOPE. WE HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO DREAM HEROIC DREAMS, from the President’s Inaugural Address, with the additional inscriptions INAUGURATED JANUARY 20, 1981 and YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, which is centered along the left lower border.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

a Bob November 16, 2015 at 10:20 pm

Where is the quality control? Rim dings, poor strikes, scratches and green Reagan. Yikes!

Seth Riesling November 16, 2015 at 11:37 pm

a Bob –

As Mike Unser’s photos in this article show, the U.S. Mint’s quality on all their small bronze medals has been poor for many years in my experience! Discoloration spots & numerous scratches & rim dings are common on these issues. Although the larger 3-inch versions seem to be of better quality in my experience. But, who wants to pay $39.95 for a 90% copper, 10% zinc “Pinchbeck” alloy bronze medal that doesn’t even come with a certificate of authenticity or historical description card? I just wait till my local coin dealers get a few from sellers who are desperate to sell their late family members collections & i buy from the local dealers at $1 for the small version and $8-$10 for the large size. I like collecting these medals, but i don’t waste my money purchasing these low-quality bronze medals directly from the U.S Mint.

-NumisDudeTX

Mike Unser (CoinNews.net) November 17, 2015 at 10:08 am

Just a quick note… I wouldn’t judge the U.S. Mint’s quality on these particular medals. As mentioned in the article, they’re years old. We bought the 1-1/4 inch presidential bronze medals (Presidents Washington to George W. Bush) in an album on ebay for around $100. That was some time ago. There’s no telling how many hands each medal has touched before we got them.

Personally, I don’t have much experience in buying bronze products from the U.S. Mint. I did order the American Fighter Aces Medal in both sizes and they were impressive. I need to post some photos of them.

We’ll order some of the newly reissued Presidential bronze medals.

Seth Riesling November 17, 2015 at 6:40 pm

Mike Unser –

Thanks for your comments on this subject. I used to be a very active member of the American Medallic Sculpture Association and maybe i am being too tough on the U.S. Mint’s small 1.5-inch bronze medals quality. I should have mentioned i have a number of them in OMP/OGP & despite the thin Mylar plastic they are issued in they still have some quality control problems. I don’t expect such an inexpensive item to be perfect, but IMHO i don’t think any human eyes ever looked at them before they shipped back in the days years ago when i did order some directly from the Mint. Please keep us posted on your experience with these newly re-issued presidential medals when you get them & photos of the ones you receive would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks Mr. Unser!

-NumisDudeTX

Kahoola November 17, 2015 at 7:36 pm

The FDR medal appears to be the same medal issued in the FDR set. The bronze medal therefore is not unique to the set. Probably were also sold previously and now reissued.

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