On Monday, Nov. 18, the United States Mint released its final Presidential Silver Medal for 2019.
Struck in an ounce of .999 fine silver to a diameter of 1.598 inches and a matte finish, the medal features a portrait of John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States Mint.
Priced at $39.95, the medal extends the U.S. Mint’s Presidential Silver Medal series which debuted last year as a companion to historical bronze editions that were presented to American Indian chiefs and other important leaders at events like treaty signings.
John Quincy Adams Designs and Specifications
Presidential Silver Medals share the same designs as their previously released bronze counterparts. They are being issued at a rate of four per year and without sales deadlines. Past issues have registered to-date-sales of 23,383 (Washington) 17,490 (Adams); 14,412 (Jefferson); 10,571 (Madison), and 9,437 (Monroe).
Designed and sculpted by Moritz Furst, this latest medal has an obverse (heads side) portrait of Adams. Inscriptions around the portrait read: "JOHN QUINCY ADAMS," "PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES" and "1825"
Its reverse (tails side) was designed by John Reich and includes the inscription of "PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP." That sentiment is further symbolized by two hands clasped in token of amity. A crossed peace pipe and tomahawk appear above the hands.
Presidential Silver Medal Specifications
|Obverse Designer/Engraver:||Moritz Furst|
|Reverse Designer/Engraver:||John Reich|
These medals are struck on the same planchets that are used for American Silver Eagles. Unlike Silver Eagles which have a reeded edge, medal edges are plain. They may be produced at more than one U.S. Mint production facility but bear no mint marks. Their matte finish is similar in appearance to the finish of an uncirculated coin.
Purchase John Quincy Adams Silver Medals directly from the Mint’s online section of silver medals, found here, or calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
Each encapsulated medal comes in a display case and ships with a Certificate of Authenticity.