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Quick Facts

1977 Jimmy Carter
Official Inaugural Medal

Designer:
Julian Hoke Harris

Medalist:
Franklin Mint

Varieties Struck

Dusterburg*
Number

MacNeil**
Number

Alloy

Diameter

Mintage

OIM 20G70

JC 1977-1

Gold

70mm

4

OIM 20S63 p

JC 1977-2

Proof
Silver

63mm

6,229

OIM 20S63

JC 1977-3

Antique
Silver

63mm

1,918

OIM 20B70 p

JC 1977-4

Proof
Bronze

70mm

29,801

OIM 20B70

JC 1977-5

Antique
Bronze

70mm

21,621

OIM 20G32

JC 1977-6

Gold

32mm

3,054

OIM 20S32 MPC

JC 1977-7

Proof Silver
Medallic
Postal
Commemorative

32mm

35,599

  * Dusterberg, Richard B.; The Official Inaugural Medals of the Presidents of the United States ; Cincinnati, Ohio; Medallion Press; 1971

** MacNeil, Neil; The President's Medal 1789 - 1977; New York, New York; Clarkson N. Potter, Inc. /Publisher in association with the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian; 1977

** Levine, H. Joseph; Collectors Guide * Presidential Inaugural Medals and Memorabilia; Danbury, Connecticut; Johnson & Jensen; 1981

** Note: The Dusterberg book published in 1971 ends with the 1969 Nixon Inaugural Medal however the numbering scheme was continued in Levine's book.

Artist & Medalist Bios

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Commentary

James Earl "Jimmy" Carter
Thirty-ninth President of the United States

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Related Inaugural Items

James Earl "Jimmy" Carter
1977 Official Inaugural Medal



Official Medal
Bronze Proof
70mm (2.75 inch)
Mintage: 29,801


Bronze Proof Official Inaugural Medal



Official Medallic Postal Commemorative Inaugural Silver Proof Medal


The Official
Inaugural Day
Medallic / Postal
Commemorative
Silver Proof
Mintage: 35,599


The Medallic Postal Commemorative (MPC) consists of a small (32mm (1.25 inch)) official inaugural silver medal struck in coin-relief with a proof finish and three small postal covers in a 5-1/2 inch by 7-1/2 inch (measured in the closed position) protective album. The covers all feature a U.S. 13 cent stamp (Scotts # 1596, Eagle & Shield) cancelled January 20th, 1977 in three different locations. The first was cancelled in Washington, D.C. the site of the inauguration, the second in Plains, Georgia birthplace of Presidnt Jimmy Carter, and the third in Ceylon, Minnesota birthplace of Vice-President Walter Mondale.



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Pretenders

James Earl "Jimmy" Carter
Thirty-ninth President of the United States

There are many individual medals and presidential medal series, which are quite well done and very collectable in their own right, that are often mistaken for or misattributed as "official" inaugural medals. This phenomenon can be seen readily in the descriptions of many of these medals when they appear in online auctions. The official medal, illustrated above, should match the auction item exactly before warranting a bid at official medal prices. Great, now we know the lot is misattributed but what is it? This section will illustrate some of these medals to help new collectors distinguish between the "official" and "unofficial" and to introduce all collectors to these interesting medals. Hopefully, some will be spared the expensive lessons I have seen so many unaware collectors make in online auctions and others will be inspired to expand their collecting interests to include these medals.



United States Mint Presidential Series
Stock Medal # 141
3 inch (76mm) "High-Relief" Bronze

Designer (Obverse/Reverse):
Frank Gasparro

Other Sizes Struck:
Stock Medal # 741
1-5/16 inch "coin-relief" bronze

Interesting Notes:

Pretender Identification Tip:


U.S. Mint Stock Medal # 141

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Issue Specific Bibliography

1977 Jimmy Carter Inaugural

  •  --------- ; Official Carter Inaugural Medal Details; The Numismatist, American Numismatic Association, Colorado Springs, CO; Volume 90 Number 2, 1977, February, page 302; illus.
  •  --------- ; U.S. Numisnews: Inaugural Souvenirs ; Coins Magazine, Krause Publications,Inc., Iola, Wisconsin; Volume 24 Number 3, 1977, March, page 32; illus.
  •  --------- ; U.S. Numisnews: Pre-Inaugural Medal Preview ; Coins Magazine, Krause Publications,Inc., Iola, Wisconsin; Volume 24 Number 4, 1977, April, page 32; illus.
  • Reiter, Ed; "Why not the best" - The Storm Over the Carter Inaugural Medal ; COINage, Behn-Miller Publications Inc., Encino, California; Volume 13 Number 4, 1977, April, page 92; illus.

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