Obv: bust to right with legend ABRAHAM LINCOLN. Rev: Ornate banded wreath of oak and laurel surrounding inscription INAUGURATED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES MARCH 4, 1861. SECOND TERM MARCH 4, 1865. ASSASSINATED APRIL 14, 1865. Beneath inscription sprays of pine and cedar encircled by a serpent biting its tail, the Egyptian symbol of immortality.
Many consider this portrait to be the finest ever done by the U.S. Mint. The present example, in its 19th century mahogany bronze finish, is a truly impressive medal.