Although there are a plethora of Obama-themed "coins" and collectibles out in the marketplace, there seems to be no word yet on the official inaugural medal for incoming President Barack Obama. Joe Levine's Presidential Coin & Antique Company has been a national distributor for the Official Inaugural Medal since 1973. I asked Joe about the new medal, but apparently nothing has been decided, at least officially. A number of private firms have submitted designs to the inaugural committee, but none has been chosen and nothing is known of the plans to strike and market them. Attempts to reach key decision-makers on the committee have been met with silence.
If any of our readers hear any word about the new medal, please let us know. Meanwhile, here's a nice piece Joe wrote about the history of the Official Inaugural Medal. It's in the web site of Lori and Steve Ferber.
History of the Official Inaugural Medal (http://www.loriferber.com/Inaugural_Medals.htm)
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