Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Silver Medal Released


Today at noon ET, the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Silver Medal debuts as the fourth and final release of the year from the U.S. Mint’s Presidential Silver Medal Program.

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

This newest collectible bears a right-facing portrait of Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President of the United States. It is composed of 1 troy ounce of 99.9 percent fine silver.

Grant became President on March 4, 1869, and served two terms as the chief executive, leaving office in March 1877. For many, he is better known as the Commanding General of the U.S. Army, leading it to victory during the American Civil War. It was the fame he received from his time in the Army that ultimately led to his election as President.

His time as President continued the work of reconstruction from the Civil War, although his administration was marred by many scandals, even though Grant himself was considered incredibly honest.

U.S. Mint Presidential Medal Programs

Presidential Medals were originally struck in bronze bearing the likeness of the current President. These pieces became known as "Peace Medals" and were frequently distributed to Native American tribes as a symbol of peace during treaty ceremonies.

U.S. Mint Presidential Silver Medals pay homage to the original Peace Medals and were first issued in 2018. The program has seen the following releases and sales:

  • George Washington – 34,825
  • John Adams – 23,499
  • Thomas Jefferson – 23,981
  • James Madison – 16,762
  • James Monroe – 15,171
  • John Quincy Adams – 14,656
  • Andrew Jackson – 16,527
  • Martin Van Buren – 13,626
  • William Henry Harrison – 13,487
  • John Tyler – 13,544
  • James K. Polk – 13,133
  • Zachary Taylor – 12,891
  • Millard Fillmore – 12,521
  • Franklin Pierce – 12,374
  • James Buchanan – 12,025
  • Abraham Lincoln – 17,824
  • Andrew Johnson – 11,909

The Buchanan, Lincoln and Johnson silver medals were released earlier this year.

CoinNews photo Abraham Lincoln Presidential Silver Medals
This CoinNews photo displays the obverse and reverse sides of a pair of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Silver Medals. The medal was released earlier this, along with those honoring James Buchanan and Andrew Johnson.

Medal Designs

The portrait of President Ulysses S. Grant appearing on the obverse of the newest medal was originally created by U.S. Mint chief engraver William Barber and assistant engraver Charles E. Barber in the late 1800’s. This is indicated by the artist inscription of W & C BARBER below the portrait.

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

To the left, ULYSSES is inscribed with S. GRANT on the right.

CoinNews photo Ulysses S. Grant 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.

On the reverse, also designed by William and Charles Barber, we find a laurel wreath and the inscriptions "PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES," "INAUGURATED FIRST TERM MARCH 4, 1869," and "SECOND TERM MARCH 4, 1873."

Presidential Silver Medal Specifications

Presidential silver medals have a matte finish, which gives them an appearance similar to that of an uncirculated coin. Additional medal specifications are as follows:

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: Designer: William and Charles Barber
Struck Under Authority of: 31 U.S.C. § 5111(a)(2)

Price and Ordering

Priced at $75, the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Silver Medal is available for purchase directly from the U.S. Mint’s catalog for silver medals.

Each is encapsulated and ships with a Certificate of Authenticity.

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And Andrew Jackson beats John Quincy Adams again. JQA must be rolling in his grave in fury.


The only medals I bought (for myself), bronze, were Bill Clinton’s. I did buy the Barrack Obama medals for my nephew. Others I’m simply not interested in. In silver at that. I could buy silver bars if I wanted silver. Currently I’m only buying ASEs and Morgan and Peace dollars. Isn’t that enough silver?


I get it. It’s a lot of silver offerings. Time will tell which has the highest return, ASEs, Morgans or Peace dollars.


They think it’s a pearl. LOL 🙂


It doesn’t? I wouldn’t know, I don’t live in Spain. I’ve visited but it didn’t rain while I was there. Nice country though.