President Carter’s Medal Added to National Medals List

Press Release
October 3, 1977

Historic Press Release, October 3, 1977. Full text is duplicated in the body of this page.The 3″ bronze high-relief medallion and the 1-5/16 inch bronze miniature of President Jimmy Carter’s Presidential medal have been added to the Mint’s National Medals List and are now available for sale to the public, Acting Director of the Mint H. MacDonald announced today.

The Mint’s chief sculptor and engraver, Frank Gasparro, designed both the obverse and reverse of President Carter’s medal-of-office. A likeness of President Carter appears on the obverse. Fifty stars encircle the reverse design bearing the Presidential seal and an excerpt from his Inaugural Address on January 20, 1977, reading: “The American dream endures. We must once again have faith in our country. Jimmy Carter.”

The 3″ bronze medal is for sale at $6.00 over-the-counter at Mint sales outlets in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Pa., Denver, Colo., and San Francisco, Calif. And for $6.30 by mail order.

The 1-5/16 inch bronze medal is priced at 50¢ over-the-counter and costs 60¢ by mail order.

The Mint has recently revised the brochure titled “Medals of the United States Mint” that lists the approximately 350 medals that comprise the National Medals List of bronze medals produced by the U.S. Mint. The medals date back to the American Revolutionary War and some, like the early Presidents’ medals, are relics of the nation’s Indian policy.

Among the series titles are: The Presidential medals; the Secretaries of the Treasury; the Directors of the Mint; a unique selection of Army and Navy medals; the National Historical series; official Mint Medals and Historic Buildings, and the Historic Customhouse Medals.

Price increases for the medals are reflected in the new brochure, available free-of-charge. The increases were necessary to meet the rising costs of salaries, supplies and postage and to keep the National Medals program self-supporting.

Please address all mail orders for President Carter’s medals and requests for free medals brochure to:

Bureau of the Mint
55 Mint Street
San Francisco, CA 94175

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