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Quick Facts

1965 Lyndon Baines Johnson
Official Inaugural Medal

Designer:
Felix Weihs de Weldon (1907-????)

Medalist:
Medallic Art Company

Varieties Struck

Dusterburg*
Number

MacNeil**
Number

Alloy

Diameter

Mintage

OIM 16G70

LBJ 1965-1

Gold

70mm

1

OIM 16S70

LBJ 1965-2

Silver

70mm

1

OIM 16S64

LBJ 1965-3

Silver

64mm

7,695

OIM 16B70

LBJ 1965-4

Bronze

70mm

26,275

OIM 16B27

LBJ 1965-5

Bronze

27mm

1,000

OIM 16G27

LBJ 1965-6

Gold

27mm

9

  * 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

Artist & Medalist Bios

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Commentary

Lyndon Baines Johnson
Thirty-sixth President of the United States

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Related Inaugural Items

Lyndon Baines Johnson
Official Inaugural Medal



Official Medal
Antique Silver
(Average Weight 4.8 oz, .999 Fine)
64mm (2.5 inch)
Mintage: 7,695


.999 Fine Antique Silver Official Inaugural Medal


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Pretenders

Lyndon Baines Johnson
Thirty-sixth 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.



U.S. Mint Stock Medal # 136


United States Mint Presidential Series
Stock Medal # 136
First Term
3 inch (76mm) "High-Relief" Bronze

Designer (Obverse/Reverse):
Gilroy Roberts / Frank Gasparro

Other Sizes Struck:
Stock Medal # 736
1-5/16 inch "coin-relief" bronze

Note: This is the first of two medals in the U.S. Mint's Presidential Series for President Johnson. It was issued after his inauguration following the assassination of President Kennedy but before his election in 1964. After his inauguration in 1965 a second series medal was issued with a different obverse and reverse. However, this first medal continued to be available simultaneously from the mint with the second one.



United States Mint Presidential Series
Stock Medal # 137
Second Term
3 inch (76mm) "High-Relief" Bronze

Designer (Obverse/Reverse):
Frank Gasparro

Other Sizes Struck:
Stock Medal # 737
1-5/16 inch "coin-relief" bronze

Note: This is the second of two medals in the U.S. Mint's Presidential Series for President Johnson.


U.S. Mint Stock Medal # 137


Presidential Art Medals - Johnson


Presidential Art Medals
"Presidents Series"

Designer (Obverse / Reverse):
Ralph J. Menconi

Varieties Struck:
1-1/4 inch (32mm) "high-relief" Silver
1-1/4 inch (32mm) "high-relief" Bronze
3/4 inch (18.5mm) "high-relief" Silver
3/4 inch (18.5mm) "high-relief" Bronze

In the early 1960s Presidential Art Medals, Inc. of Englewood, Ohio commissioned a series of very high relief art medals to honor the Presidents of the United States. They choose Ralph J. Menconi to design and sculpt the medals and Medallic Art Company to strike them. Menconi's exquisite work on this series earned him the nickname "sculptor of presidents." Interestingly the reverses of the 32mm medals accurately trace the evolution of the Presidential Seal. The smaller 18.5mm mini-medals use a common design with only the dates changing on their reverses.


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Issue Specific Bibliography

1965 Lyndon Baines Johnson Inaugural

  •  --------- ; President Johnson's Inaugural Medal; The Numismatist, American Numismatic Association, Chicago, Illinios; Volume 78 Number 3, 1965, March, page 363; illus.
  •  --------- ; Johnson Inaugural Medal Has Map of U.S.; The Numismatic Scrapbook Magazine; Hewitt Bros., Chicago, Illinios; Volume 31 Number 2, 1965, February, page 314
  •  --------- ; Johnson Inaugural Medal Designer; The Numismatic Scrapbook Magazine; Hewitt Bros., Chicago, Illinios; Volume 31 Number 3, 1965, March, page 914; illus.
  • Advertisement; Johnson Inaugural Medal ; Coins Magazine, Chester L. Krause, Iola, Wisconsin; Volume 16 Number 3, 1965, March, page 19; illus.
  • Advertisement; Johnson Inaugural Medal ; COINage, Delta Magazines Inc., Los Angeles, California; Volume 1 Number 3, 1965, April, Back Cover; illus.

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