John F. Kennedy Jfk Lyndon Johnson Official Inaugural Bronze Medal Kraczkowski For Sale
THIS BRONZE WAS ACTUALLY PRESENTED BY LYNDON B Johnson!!!
rare genuine bronze medal
designed by sculptor Phillip Kraczkowski
struck by Robbins of Attelboro
obverse has side by side bust of both JFK and Johnson
obverse also has the sculptor's last name engravedin JFK's left shoulder area
reverse has John Fitzgerald Kennedy 35th President 1961at the top
both the Presidential and Vice Presidential seals are in the middle
the bottom has 37th Vice President 1961 with Lyndon Baines Johnson underneath
the medal measures approximately 2 3/4"
made in 1961 for Executive Designs
serial number 3118 is engraved on the rim
the words Genuine Bronze Robbins Attelboro areon the rim
one of these hard to find medals recently sold for $2070
John F. Kennedy-Lyndon Baines Johnson Special Inaugural Medal, 1961.Bronze uniface, 69.4mm. By Philip Kraczkowski. JFK-LBJ 1961-2. Choice About Uncirculated. Youthful busts l. of Vice President Johnson, President Kennedy without legend, scriptKraczkowskion Kennedy's shoulder. The edge displays the incuse maker's name ROBBINS BRONZE at 12:00. This remarkable item is one of the under-publicized rarities of the entire Inaugural series, created in response to Vice President-elect Johnson's forcefully expressed wish that his portrait appear along with Kennedy's on the official 1960 Presidential Inaugural Medal. Johnson was apparently familiar with the 1957 Eisenhower-Nixon Inaugural Medal and expected similar treatment for himself in 1961. He lost no time in bombarding Inaugural Committee Chairman Edward H. Foley and Medal Design Committee Chair John Walker with demands for inclusion, but Paul Manship followed tradition by placing only President Kennedy's bust on the official medal. The committee signaled an increasingly impatient Johnson that Vice Presidents had seldom appeared on the Inaugural medals and then only on second term issues. They tried to mollify him with a 24mm dual-portrait Inaugural Ball charm designed hurriedly by sculptor Philip Kraczkowski that bore somewhat cartoonish likenesses, struck by Robbins, of Attleboro, Massachusetts. LBJ continued his clamor for something more closely reflecting the prestige of his new office. Finally the committee solved its dilemma by authorizing the sculptor to create a full-size double portrait uniface medal of true professional quality depicting both Kennedy and Johnson. The two were shown with equally youthful features but in the interests of time omitted both inscriptions and any reverse design. Robbins struck a single Gold example that was ceremoniously presented by the committee to a thoroughly delighted Vice President several weeks after the Inauguration. It was later learned that a very few were struck in Bronze as well, of which possibly four are known today. Here is a major rarity with a rich human drama behind it, personified by the piece offered here. Deep olive-tan patina emphasizes the quality of this extraordinary medal's strike. Here is an important historical item that few collections will ever be able to display.
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John F. Kennedy Jfk Lyndon Johnson Official Inaugural Bronze Medal Kraczkowski: $1,200