76.42 millimeters, 9.32 millimeters thick at rim. 256.5 grams. Obv: bust of President James Buchanan right with legend around. Rev: eight-line inscription within wreath of oak leaves, federal shield at bottom. Signed by Paquet on both sides.
This medal features the second obverse, prepared after the first one broke in mid 1860. Mint records indicate a mintage of fewer than 120 bronze pieces with this finish. Rich reddish-brown, prooflike surfaces with no significant defects. Superior to the piece sold in Stack's Americana Sale of January 2008 for $2,530. An impressive and significant Commemorative Medal.