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Adams Presidential Medal Rounds Out Year

The last of four Presidential medals issued in 2019 will honor President John Quincy Adams. The silver piece goes on sale from the Mint today.


The Adams medal joins those issued this year for Thomas Jefferson in January, James Madison in May and James Monroe in August. The program honors former presidents in the order in which they served.

Medals consist of one troy ounce of 99.9 percent silver and measure 1.6 inches in diameter.

Adams was born into politics as the son of the second U.S. President John Adams and Abigail Adams. As a child, he watched the American Revolution unfold and accompanied his father on his diplomatic posts to Europe. He followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming a diplomat in Europe and, later, the sixth president.

The medal’s obverse features his portrait with the inscriptions “JOHN QUINCY ADAMS,” “PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES” and “1825” alongside the border of the medal.

The reverse bears the inscription “PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP,” symbolized by two hands clasped in token of amity. On the cuff of the left wrist are three stripes and buttons; the other wrist is bare. Above the hands, the pipe of peace and the tomahawk are crossed over each other.

Medals can be ordered from the Mint online at or by calling (800) USA-Mint.

The price is $39.95 each.