Celebrating the third President of the United States, the Thomas Jefferson Presidential Silver Medal went on sale today at noon EST.
The U.S. Mint medal, the first of four for release this year, is composed of 1 troy ounce of 99.9% fine silver and bears the likeness of Jefferson.
It continues the Presidential Silver Medal series which kicked off last year with the George Washington and John Adams medals. The series itself complements earlier U.S. Mint medals that were presented to American Indian chiefs and other important leaders at events like treaty signings.
Presidential Silver Medals have the same designs as their bronze counterparts and are being issued at a rate of four per year without sales deadlines. The Washington and Adams silver medals currently have respective sales of 17,091 and 13,083. Like them, this latest piece is priced at $39.95.
Thomas Jefferson Medal Designs
A left-facing side portrait of Thomas Jefferson appears on the obverse (head side) of the silver medal. Inscriptions around the effigy read "TH. JEFFERSON," "PRESIDENT OF THE U.S." and "A.D. 1801."
The reverse (tails side) shows the inscription "PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP," symbolized by two hands clasped in a token of amity and a peace pipe and the tomahawk crossed over each other.
On the cuff of the left wrist are three stripes with buttons. The right cuff shows an American eagle. The design is by John Reich.
Presidential Silver Medal Specifications
|Weight:||1.000 troy oz. (31.103 grams)|
|Diameter:||1.598 inches (40.60 mm)|
These medals are struck from the same planchets as the American Silver Eagle. However, whereas the Silver Eagles have a reeded edge, medals have a plain edge. Also, as the Presidential Silver Medals may be produced at different U.S. Mint facilities, no mintmark is present. Each has a matte finish similar to an uncirculated coin.
Orders for the Thomas Jefferson Presidential Silver Medal are accepted by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468) or by visiting the Mints online catalog for Presidential Medals. No mintage, household or product order limits are in place.
Each medal is encapsulated and arrives packaged in a clamshell case with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Forthcoming medals for 2019 include spring, summer and fall releases featuring James Madison, James Monroe, and John Quincy Adams.