Jimmy Carter Presidential Inaugural Medal

  • Julian Hoke Harris, Jimmy Carter Presidential Inaugural Medal, 1977, gold, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James F. Dicke Family, 2010.64.4

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This gold medal is one of four of this size created to commemorate President Jimmy Carter's inauguration in 1977. Sculptor Julian Harris, who had previously modeled a portrait of Carter, worked from photographs to depict the chief executive. He gave Carter a pensive expression rather than his trademark toothy grin, because he wanted to show the president "thinking about something." Originally, the inaugural committee had asked Harris to feature Carter's full name—James Earl Carter Jr.—but eventually decided against it as everyone referred to the president by his nickname, Jimmy. (Neil MacNeil, The President's Medal, 1789-1977, 1977)

Title
Jimmy Carter Presidential Inaugural Medal
Artist
Date
1977
On View
Dimensions
2 3/4 in. (7.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the James F. Dicke Family

Mediums Description
gold
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – Carter, Jimmy
  • Occupation – political – president
  • Ceremony – civic – inauguration
Object Number
2010.64.4
Palette
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