Bronze, obverse, 2 7/8 inches (7.35 cm.) diameter,
The American Numismatic Society, New York, NY


Bronze, reverse, 2 7/8 inches (7.35 cm.) diameter,
The American Numismatic Society, New York, NY

Theodore Roosevelt Special Inaugural Medal, 1905

Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) was the twenty-sixth president of the United States. He also served as New York State assemblyman (1882-1884), assistant secretary of the navy (1897-1898) during the Spanish-American War, governor of New York (1898), and vice-president of the United States (1900-1901). This medal was designed in commemoration of his election in 1904.

The medal was designed by Saint-Gaudens and modeled by his assistant Adolph Weinman (1870-1952). Saint-Gaudensí design for the standing eagle was initiated in the Shaw Memorial, and also used for the ten-dollar gold piece. Three medals were struck in gold and 125 in bronze by Tiffany. The commission for this piece was given by the Citizensí Inaugural Committee, and thus was not part of the regular issue of such medals by the United States Mint.