The James K. Polk Presidential Silver Medal will be available for purchase directly from the United States Mint starting on February 14 at noon ET. Polk was the nation’s 11th U.S. President, serving from March 4, 1845, until March 3, 1849.
The Department of the Treasury has a long-standing tradition of honoring each President of the United States with an official bronze medal struck by the Mint. The Mint is now replicating this series of medals in 99.9 percent fine silver, each measuring 1.598 inches in diameter.
The obverse of the James K. Polk Presidential Silver Medal is by American artist John Gadsby Chapman, and the reverse is by sculptor John Reich, United States Mint Assistant Engraver in the early 19th century.
The obverse features Polk’s portrait with the inscriptions “JAMES K. POLK,” “PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES,” and “1845” along the border of the medal. The reverse features the inscription “PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP,” symbolized by two hands clasped in token of amity. On the cuff of the left wrist are three stripes and buttons; the other wrist is bare. Above the hands, the pipe of peace and the tomahawk are crossed over each other.
Each medal is encapsulated and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
The James K. Polk Presidential Silver Medal is priced at $65. To set up a REMIND ME alert for this product, visit catalog.usmint.gov/james-polk-presidential-silver-medal-S811.html (product code S811).
To view additional medals in this series, visit catalog.usmint.gov/medals/presidential/silver-presidential-medals.
Presidential Silver Medals are also available for purchase via the Mint’s Product Enrollment Program. For details, visit us online at catalog.usmint.gov/presidential-silver-medal-enrollment-RJ.html.
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About the United States Mint
The US Mint was created by Congress in 1792 and became part of the Department of the Treasury in 1873. It is the Nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage and is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce.
The United States Mint also produces numismatic products, including Proof, uncirculated, and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver and gold bullion coins. The Mint’s numismatic programs are self-sustaining and operate at no cost to taxpayers.