George Washington's inauguration as the first president of the United States inspired enterprising craftsman to issue commemorative buttons with patriotic designs. This coat button is stamped with Washington's initials and the salute "Long Live the President," the phrase pronounced by Robert Livingston after administering the oath of office to Washington on April 30, 1789 at Federal Hall in New York.


Circular copper alloy button; on the obverse, the widely spaced initials "GW" struck within an oval at center with "LONG LIVE THE PRESIDENT" in an arch above; plain edge; reverse plain with brazed alpha shank.


c. 1789-1797



Copper alloy


Overall: 1/2 in. x 1 3/8 in. x 1 3/8 in. (1.27 cm x 3.51 cm x 3.51 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Fields, 1994

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Colors (Beta)

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