|The Great Paul Manship Official Life Portrait John F.Kennedy Inaugural Medal Struck in Silver|
Paul Manship (USA, 1885 - 1966)
One of his most significant works, the Official 1961 Inaugural Medal of President John F.Kennedy. Struck in .999 pure silver, it measures 70mm (2 3/4”) in diameter and shows a bust of Kennedy facing to his right, his full name, “John Fitzgerald Kennedy” around the top and side edge. The artist has placed his signature, “Paul Manship © 1961” just below the right part of the bust. On the reverse is the Presidential Seal, which made its first appearance on an inaugural medal; previously the seal of the United States had been used. The legend “President of the United States / Inaugurated January 20th 1961” completes the design. Mint condition in custom titled plastic holder.
The first inaugural medal was struck in 1901, an outgrowth of the numerous political badges and ribbons. Now every four years they are produced as official inaugural souvenirs. Paul Manship, one of the Deans of American sculpture represented throughout the world in most major museums, met several times with President-elect Kennedy before his final proposal, and Mrs. Kennedy was consulted regarding the patination and design by the Medal Design Committee. The Medallic Art Company of New York, the foremost firm of medalists in the country won the bidding for the medal manufacture. We also have a copy of this medal in bronze identical to the silver one here described.