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Quick Facts

1905 Theodore Roosevelt
Tiffany Official Inaugural Medal

Designer:
Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907)

Engraver:
Adolph Weinmam (1870-1925)

Medalist:
Tiffany & Company

Varieties Struck

Dusterburg*
Number

MacNeil**
Number

Alloy

Diameter

Mintage

OIM 2G74

TR 1905-1

Gold

74mm

3

OIM 2B74

TR 1905-2

Bronze

74mm

125

  * 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

Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt
Twenty-sixth President of the United States

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Pretenders

Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt
Twenty-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.



United States Mint Presidential Series
Stock Medal # 125
First Term (Discontinued)
3 inch (76mm) "High-Relief" Bronze

Designer (Obverse/Reverse):
Charles E. Barber / George T. Morgan

Other Sizes Struck:
None

Interesting Notes:

Pretender Identification Tip:


U.S. Mint Stock Medal # 125


United States Mint Presidential Series
Stock Medal # 125
Second Term
3 inch (76mm) "High-Relief" Bronze

Designer (Obverse/Reverse):
Charles E. Barber / George T. Morgan

Other Sizes Struck:
Stock Medal # 725
1-5/16 inch "coin-relief" bronze

Interesting Notes:

Pretender Identification Tip:


U.S. Mint Stock Medal # 125


Presidential Art Medals - Teddy Roosevelt


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

1905 Theodore Roosevelt Tiffany Inaugural Medal

  •  --------- ; Roosevelt Medal Breaks Record; The Numismatist, American Numismatic Association, Colorado Springs, Colorado; Volume 92 Number 4, 1979, April, page 775; illus.
  •  --------- ; Roosevelt Medal Sought for Exhibit; The Numismatist, American Numismatic Association, Colorado Springs, Colorado; Volume 96 Number 5, 1983, May, page 908; illus.
  • Fuld, Melvin and George; Medallic Memorials to Theodore Roosevelt; The Numismatist, American Numismatic Association, Chicago, Illinios; Volume 71 Number 11, 1958, November, page 1285; illus.
  • LaMarre, Thomas S.; Medals for a Rough Rider; The Numismatist, American Numismatic Association, Colorado Springs, Colorado; Volume 101 Number 3, 1988, March, page 435; illus.

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