A Special Message from President George H. W. Bush
George H. W. Bush President of the United States 1989-1993
Shortly after a new President is inaugurated, the United States Mint is authorized to strike a medal engraved with the portrait of the President. This is a revered tradition, and the United States Mint has created medals for every President, going back to George Washington and following through to such great men as Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. The Presidential Medals symbolize the ultimate authority bestowed by the Constitution, and act as a reminder, both to the incumbent and the country, of the power and responsibility that goes with the office.
The United States Postal Service also has played a crucial role in defining our country. For more than two centuries, our nation’s postage stamps have accurately reflected the heroes, aspirations, and great events that shaped America. And, like the Presidential Medals, it has become a tradition that each late President is commemorated on a postage stamp with a portrait that captures for posterity the character and personality of the man.
Now, for the first time, these two historic emblems have been brought together in the American Presidents Collection, a set of 25 beautifully crafted stamp ingots. It gives me great pleasure to introduce this magnificent and original collection to the world. I hope that the beautifully sculpted images of our most famous Presidents bring alive some of the drama of American history, and give you and your family great satisfaction, now and in the years to come.
George H. W. Bush