Gene B. asks: What is the value of an Eisenhower inaugural medal? It has the date of January 20 1955 on the back and Dwight Eisenhower on the front. Please give me any information you can on this medal. Thanks in advance. Gene B.
There are two official Dwight D. Eisenhower Inaugural medals. Note that inaugural medal are dated the years that the Presidents administration begun. Eisenhower’s inaugural medals were struck in 1953, he was elected in November of 1952, and in 1957, as the result of the winning campaign of 1956.
Only the 1953 medal shows Eisenhower alone, the 1957 medal shows the conjoined busts of Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard M. Nixon. The Medallic Art Company struck the medals under the authority of the Inaugural Committee (Medallic Art appears on the medal’s edge).
The medal shows the head of Dwight David Eisenhower, his name is around and a scroll with the Roman numerals MCMLIII. The Reverse shows an eagle with outstretched wings with the legend below: INAUGURATED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA JANUARY 20 1953. The medal sales committee sold 788 medals in silver and 25,685 medals in bronze.
Any other medals than the above are not the official inaugural medal.