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28 Aug 2022

Native American Peace Medals at National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC

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I visited the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC on August 26, 2022.On the 2nd floor, in the President Portraits exhibit, I was delighted to see a partial collection of Native American Peace medals.

30 Jul 2022

My Research Notes: POTUS Numismatic Artifacts (PNA)

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These are a few of my original source research notes from 1960 periodicals for the Class 2 President Eisenhower Appreciation Medals. I'm still researching this previously undocumented US Mint medal series.

26 Jul 2022

Provenance and Pedigree

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Most collectors, numismatists and dealers interchange the terms provenance and pedigree. This should stop. POTUS Numismatic Artifacts treat these two terms with a precise difference when it comes to "Evidential Proof".

10 Jul 2022

July and No Blog Entry?

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Catch up blog.Selected slides that I presented at the 2022 National Money Show.

03 Oct 2021

Numismatic Research is Fun!

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On this post, I'm continuing to share additional notes on my numismatic research on "Special Medals for United States Government Agencies".

01 Oct 2021

Special Medals for US Government Agencies

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More of my old numismatic research notes. What are Special Medals for United States Government Agencies?

24 Apr 2021

I Like Ikes: The Original Ikes

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Back in 2013, as a part-time numismatic researcher I discovered several medal types that the US Mint manufactured for use by President Dwight D. Eisenhower during the years 1958 through 1961. It was an incredible discovery! I was the first to organize, catalog, and named this medal series. This medal series consists of twenty medal types (14 manufactured by the US Mint and 6 engravings added post-manufacture to those with a blank reverse). One can say that I did the unthinkable, I discovered an entire US Mint medal series that was unknown to the general public for over a half-century. Click-> Original Ikes Webpage

14 May 2020

Secretary of Commerce special Government medal

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New research finding on the Department of Commerce special Government medals (sGms). As previously reported in my paper (exhibited at the 2018 ANA World's Fair of Money), there are four sGm types employed for use by the Department of Commerce. Frank Gasparro's incuse initials "F.G." on the obverse is located in a similar location as on the reverse of the Kennedy half-dollar design (between the eagle's tail feathers and right talon).It was discovered that an issued Secretary of Commerce Medal was awarded to The German Federal Minster of Finance, Dr. Alex Möller in 1970. One of the images shows how the engraving is to be performed.

02 Apr 2020

Department of Treasury Meritorious Service Award

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This is a Department of Treasury Meritorious Service Award designed by John Ray Sinnock (8th Chief Engraver of the US Mint and designer of the Roosevelt dime, Franklin half dollar, and numerous other U.S. Mint items) and Adam Pietz (designer of the Iowa Centennial half dollar and numerous other U.S. Mint items). Both of their hallmarks can bee seen on the obverse at the bottom left or right of the stairs.Based on the medal type (special government medal for U.S. government agencies). The Department of the Treasury first awarded these medals in 1949. As you can see from my research find, these medals are rarely awarded.

25 Mar 2020

Department of the Interior Commendable Service Award: First Convocation Issue

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Sharing my research find on the Department of the Interior Commendable Service Award.1. First convocation of the Commendable Service Award (bronze) was April 28, 1948. (It will be 72 years this April since the first convocation.)2. First convocation issue was 92 bronze medals. (The number of medals (gold, silver, and bronze) of the first convocation are now known.)3. Recipients of the bronze medal confirmed on the medal and documentation.It was fun unfolding the history of this medal in my collection.


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