William Harrison Silver Presidential Medals

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William Henry Harrison was the ninth President of the United States. He famously won the office on the slogan “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too.” It’s not often that a running mate’s name is included in a campaign slogan while the name of the top of the ticket isn’t, but that ended up being quite fitting. President Harrison held the office for just 31 days. To show that he was still healthy and energetic, Harrison rode a horse rather than a car to his inauguration on March 4, 1841. He also refused to wear a coat or a hat and gave the most extended inaugural address in American history. Harrison fell ill just weeks later and was diagnosed with lower lobe pneumonia, to which he succumbed on April 4. He had the shortest term of any US President and was the first of seven Presidents to die according to the terms of Tecumseh’s curse. 

History of the Series

The US Mint introduced Silver Presidential Medals in 2018. The series started with President George Washington and will proceed in chronological order.

2021 William Harrison Presidential Medal

As of writing, the United States Mint has not revealed the designs for its William Henry Harrison Silver Medal. Collectors should expect that the Harrison issue will follow the tradition of featuring a portrait of the featured President on the obverse. If so, it will be encircled by inscriptions of his name, the featured office, “PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES,” and the date that he assumed office, “1841.”

The reverse will likely bear the inscription “PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP” interspersed with a crossed tomahawk and peace pipe and two clasped hands representing the friendship between the United States and Native Americans, if it follows in the tradition of previous issues in the series.

This page will be updated with more information and an image of the design when it becomes available from the United States Mint.

When will the 2021 William Harrison Presidential Medal be available?

The 2021 William Harrison Presidential Medal will be available in Spring 2021.

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