OFFICIAL MEDAL. HST 1949-3. 51mm. Bronze. Carl Paul Jennewein, Sc. (U.S.
Mint). Obverse with a robust portrait of Truman to the left surrounded by 48 stars. The reverse
features a preeminent figure of Liberty and a group of small figures below meant to suggest the
aspirations of humanity for Freedom. The reverse is inscribed: HARRY S/ TRUMAN/
INAUGURATED PRESIDENT/ OF THE/ UNITED STATES/ JANUARY 20/ 1949.
Joe's Fixed Price List stated the president's name as "HARRY S. TRUMAN", but I couldn't resist this nitpick. Look closely at the medal. It's "Harry S Truman" (with no period after the S).
Now, Truman did indeed use a period after his middle initial in his signature, and most official government documents use the period as well. But editors have been in a tizzy ever since because Truman didn't actually have a full middle name, just the letter "S", said to be a compromise of his parents between the names of his two grandfathers. Since it's not an abbreviation, should there be a period? With or without the period, it's a great medal by Jennewein.