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Presidential Medal Honors Polk

A silver Presidential medal honoring James K. Polk will be released by the U.S. Mint on Feb. 14. (Images courtesy United States Mint.)

A silver Presidential medal honoring James K. Polk will be released by the U.S. Mint on Feb. 14. (Images courtesy United States Mint.)

The first of four silver Presidential medals to be released in 2022 will become available on Feb. 14. It will honor the United States’ 11th president, James Knox Polk, who served from 1845 to 1849.

The medal’s obverse design depicts Polk’s portrait with the inscriptions “JAMES K POLK,” “PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.,” and “1845.”

The reverse design features 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 tomahawk are crossed over each other.

The obverse was designed by John Gadsby Chapman, and the reverse was created by John Reich.

The U.S. Mint introduced the silver medal series in 2018, starting with the first two presidents. Beginning in 2019, four silver medals will be released annually until the series is current. The three remaining medals to be released in 2022 honor Presidents Zachary Taylor (spring 2022), Millard Fillmore (summer 2022) and Franklin Pierce (fall 2022).

At the time of writing, the James Knox Polk silver Presidential medal is priced at $65. No mintage, product or household order limits are in place. To order when available, visit catalog.usmint.gov.