THE PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM, AWARDED BY PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH, 1991
THE PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM
60mm. badge in the form of a star of five white enamel points with gold eagle spread between each pair of points on the star, each eagle stands on a red enamel triangle, the centre a constellation of 13 gold stars set on blue enamel, reverse bears the unique serial number 532 and is inscribed “Friedrich August von Hayek | November 18 1991”, [together with:] ribbon bar in blue and white surmounted with a silver eagle, a miniature medal pendant with blue and white ribbon surmounted by a silver eagle for wear on a mess dress, and blue velvet lapel badge secured at one end by silver eagle pin for wear on civilian clothes, all housed within a satin-and-velvet-lined wooden presentation box with brass medallion of seal of the United States, with printed citation for medal signed (“George Bush”), the White House, Washington D.C., November 18, 1991
Photograph inscribed by President H.W. Bush 11-18-91 | The White House | To Lawrence Hayek | with warm best wishes | George Bush” (see note)
Official invitation, three programmes and lunch menu with Seal of the President and other printed ephemera
12 letters of congratulations from individuals and organisations including the Hoover Institute and the Mont Pelerin Society
The citation reads: “Friedrich August von Hayek has done more than any thinker of our age to explore the promise and contours of liberty. He grew up in the shadow of Hitler’s tyranny, and devoted himself at an early age to the nurture of institutions that preserve and expand freedom, the lifeblood of a full life. The Road to Serfdom still thrills readers everywhere, and his subsequent works inspire people throughout the world because they possess the vigor and feel of real life – not just the hollow ring of abstract theory. Professor von Hayek has revolutionized the world’s intellectual and political life. Future generations will read his works with the same sense of history and awe that inspire us today.”
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Some minor wear to medal on close inspection. Wooden box with some scratching and scuff marks.
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