Franklin Pierce Presidential Silver Medal Released


Recognizing the 14th President of the United States, the U.S. Mint today released the Millard Fillmore Presidential Silver Medal for $65. This medal is struck in 1 troy ounce of 99.9% fine silver and continues the Mint’s multi-year series dedicated to former presidents.

Product images Franklin Pierce Presidential Silver Medal
The Franklin Pierce Presidential Silver Medal arrives encapsulated and within a display case that is accompanied by a U.S. Mint Certificate of Authenticity

Franklin Pierce assumed the office of President on March 4, 1853, after decades of public service in various political and military positions. Several issues plagued his presidency including his opposition to the abolitionist movement and a failed attempt by several of his diplomats in Europe to force the annexation of Cuba. By the end of his first term in office, he had lost the support of his own party and would be succeeded by James Buchanan in 1857.

U.S. Mint Presidential Medal Programs

Presidential medals produced by the United States Mint date back to the earliest presidencies. Typically struck from bronze, Peace Medals bearing the likeness of the sitting President were gives as a sign of peace to Native American tribes, during peace treaty ceremonies, and for other purposes.

Recalling the past importance of these strikes, the U.S. Mint began minting silver medal editions in 2018, releasing them in the order in which the chief executive served. Recent sales for medals in the silver series are as follows:

The Polk, Taylor and Fillmore Presidential Silver Medals debuted earlier this year. As there is no mintage limit, these medals are all still available to purchase from the U.S. Mint.

CoinNews photo Millard Fillmore Presidential Silver Medals - Obverse and Reverse
This CoinNews photo show both sides of an earlier released U.S. Mint Millard Fillmore Presidential Silver Medals

Franklin Pierce Silver Medal Designs

A likeness of Franklin Pierce is found on the obverse or heads side of each silver medal. The left-facing portrait was created by artist Salathiel Ellis. Inscriptions around the image include "FRANKLIN PIERCE," "PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES" and "1853."

CoinNews photo Franklin Pierce Presidential Bronze Medal - Obverse
The U.S. Mint also strikes Presidential bronze medals. This CoinNews photo shows the obverse of a Franklin Pierce Bronze Medal. This is the same design as on the obverse of the Franklin Pierce Presidential Silver Medal.

Appearing on the reverse (tails side) is a design by J. Willson. It features a farmer, leaning upon a plow, and conversing with an Indian Chief. An American flag is shown in the background

CoinNews photo Franklin Pierce Presidential Bronze Medal - Reverse
This photo is of the same bronze medal but with its reverse shown. The design also appears on the new silver medal’s reverse.

Inscribed above is "LABOR," "VIRTUE" and "HONOR."

Presidential Silver Medal Specifications

These silver medals carry a matte finish, giving them an appearance like that of uncirculated coin. Additional medal specifications follow.

Denomination: N/A
Finish: Matte
Composition: 99.9% Silver
Silver Weight: 1.000 troy oz.
Diameter: 1.598 in.
Edge: Plain
Mint and Mint Mark: N/A
Privy Mark: None
Design: Obverse Designer: Salathiel Ellis
Reverse Designer: J. Willson
Struck Under Authority of: 31 U.S.C. § 5111(a)(2)

Price and Ordering

The Franklin Pierce Presidential Silver Medal may be purchased on the U.S. Mint’s webpage dedicated to silver medals.

It has no mintage or product limits or an ending sales date.

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Holy Toledo! Silver surged back above $20, up nearly 8% as of noon ET today.

Last edited 1 year ago by Rich

And in other news, a hoard of 7th century (635) gold coins have been found in a wall in northern Israel. Weighing about 170g, you do the math as to their gold value, not to mention the value of each of these coins from a numismatic perspective.


Happens in the UK all the time. Someone with a metal detector uncovers a Viking or Saxon hoard in a field.


I have found several thousand year old arrowheads in a field.