Lyndon B. Johnson (1965)

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Obverse: Profile of President Lyndon Johnson / “Lyndon Baines Johnson”

Reverse: Presidential Seal superimposed over the outline of the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii) / “President of the United States of America”

Edgemark: “Medallic Art Co. N.Y.”

Size: 70mm

Designer: Felix de Weldon

Medallist: Medallic Art Company

Mintage: 2 (Gold) / ~7500 (Silver) / 26,275 (Bronze)

  • Felix de Weldon described the obverse design as one intended to show the President’s “dynamic personality, serious as our times demand but also showing the warmth of his heart.”
  • The obverse reflects the first time that a President sat for the sculptor preparing the official inaugural medal.
  • The reverse depicts a topographical view of the continental United States (along with Alaska and Hawaii) and was inspired by an address by the President: “This young country we love so much…all of us working together…will make America strong and safe and free.” This is the first medal to include a depiction of the United States.
  • The First Lady met with Felix de Weldon on three occasions to assist in the design of the medal.  Her suggestions are reflected in the decision to depict the left-facing profile of the President and to include Alaska and Hawaii on the reverse.
  • Due to a surge in the price of silver, the silver medals were minted in smaller sizes than the bronze (55mm as opposed to 70mm).
  • Ten thousand silver medals were authorized, but limited demand resulted in production of fewer than 7,500.
  • Felix de Weldon was an acquiantance of the President for nearly 20 years before designing the inaugural medal.
  • The medal was distributed nationwide by The Coin and Currency Institute and the Presidential Art Company.

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