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13 Nov 2020

Will there be a Biden Inaugural medal?

| Well worn Copper

Looks like president-elect Biden will finally be getting his own Inaugural Medal next year, should he chose to. Biden will join former president Nixon as being the only two presidents to have their own medal as well as to have been depicted on an inaugural medal while previously serving as vice-president. In Nixon's case it was the 1957 Eisenhower 2nd term medal, and Biden with the 2013 Obama 2nd term medal. Tradition dictates the vice-president is usually pictured on the 2nd term medal. Collectors of Inaugural medals are a patient bunch, waiting 4 years between official offerings. However, the recent introduction of prototypes and patterns from competing mints also begin appearing, which adds variety to inaugural collections.

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05 Nov 2020

Old Plastic packaging from the Mint

| Well worn Copper

Recently I purchased a 1977 Assay Commission medal (the last year they were struck, and only year they were available for sale directly from the mint) and it came with the original Mint packaging. It always makes my hair stand on end when a coin or medal has been left in soft plastic for 43 years. In this case, the plastic was hazy and not looking so great. We are all familiar what PVC holders can do to a piece over time so I immediately removed the medal. Once removed, the medal displayed a faint bit of haze that I can probably attribute to the plastic. The breaking down of the plastic is noticeable when placed next to the medal, and especially when placed over it (you can't even make out the lettering). I remember the US Mint shipped medals this way long ago, and wonder if they still do? Also, does anyone know whether the plastic used is better or worse than the PVC stuff we're taught to avoid?

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