William Howard Taft Presidential Inaugural Medal

  • Joseph K. Davison's Sons, William Howard Taft Presidential Inaugural Medal, 1909, gold, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James F. Dicke Family, 2010.64.2

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This gold medal is one of three struck by the Joseph K. Davison's Sons firm to commemorate President William Howard Taft's inauguration in 1909. The inclusion of Vice President James S. Sherman on the obverse, while unusual for an inaugural medal, recalls late nineteenth-century pieces when portraits of both leaders were presented side by side. Taft and Sherman did not pose for the Davison designer. Instead, they sat for a photographer, and the designer used these photographs to model the portraits.

Title
William Howard Taft Presidential Inaugural Medal
Artist
Date
1909
On View
Dimensions
2 in. (5.1 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the James F. Dicke Family

Mediums Description
gold
Classifications
Keywords
  • Occupation – political – president
  • Portrait male – Taft, William Howard
  • Ceremony – civic – inauguration
Object Number
2010.64.2
Palette
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