Barack Obama Presidential Inaugural Medal

  • Marc Mellon, Thomas D. Rogers, Barack Obama Presidential Inaugural Medal, 2009, gold, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James F. Dicke Family, 2010.64.6R-V, © 2009, Medal Craft Mint

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The 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee held a nationwide competition, selecting sculptor and medalist Marc Mellon to design the obverse of President Obama's inaugural medal. While working, Mellon kept in mind the challenges facing the new president and tried to portray him as strong and thoughtful. Thomas Rogers, the designer of the medal's reverse, continued this theme by including oak leaves to symbolize wisdom and strength. The reverse also depicts the inaugural seal, representing the first time in the history of official inaugural medals that the seal has been included.

Title
Barack Obama Presidential Inaugural Medal
Artists
Date
2009
Location
Dimensions
1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the James F. Dicke Family

Mediums Description
gold
Classifications
Keywords
  • Ceremony – civic – inauguration
  • Occupation – political – president
  • Portrait male – Obama, Barack
Object Number
2010.64.6R-V
Palette
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