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.
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:
- George Washington – 32,686
- John Adams – 22,732
- Thomas Jefferson – 22,753
- James Madison – 16,066
- James Monroe – 14,703
- John Quincy Adams – 14,207
- Andrew Jackson – 15,833
- Martin Van Buren – 13,192
- William Henry Harrison – 13,020
- John Tyler – 13,103
- James K Polk – 12,579
- Zachary Taylor – 12,272
- Millard Fillmore – 11,646
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.
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."
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
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.
|Silver Weight:||1.000 troy oz.|
|Mint and Mint Mark:||N/A|
|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.