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07 Apr 2018

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Distinguished Intelligence Medals Struck by the U.S. Mint

Exonumia | DrDarryl

The second highest award within the CIA special Government medal (sGm) series* is the Distinguished Intelligence Medal. The Distinguished Intelligence Medal is awarded by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency for performance of outstanding services or for achievement of a distinctly exceptional nature in a duty or responsibility. Both the services and achievement criteria could be classified in nature and may restrict the awardee in physically receiving the medal.Not much is written about the original manufacturer of the CIA medals. However, this is a goal of my ongoing research on the subject of "special medals for U.S. Government agencies" . The original CIA medals are a product of the U.S. Mint®.Yes, the U.S. Mint® manufactured the original CIA medals! The telltale signs are the initials "FG" hallmark displayed on the original medals. The "FG" hallmark can be seen on the obverse and reverse of the original Distinguished Intelligence Medals. The CIA procured these medals under the third manufacturing function of the U.S. Mint, which is to manufacture "special medals for U.S. Government agencies". The procurement is between two U.S. Government agencies (CIA and the U.S. Mint®), therefore no public records exists of these procurement transactions. As a result, the U.S. Mint has never publicly released information relating to the manufacture of the CIA medals. This is a true "information hole" within U.S. numismatics, hence my ongoing research on the topic of "special medals for U.S. Government agencies" .There are two types of original Distinguished Intelligence Medals. The most obvious difference is the antiquing of the medal's finish of the type 2 medals. The reverse of the type 2 medal shows a change with the the engraving pad where the type 1 text "AWARDED TO" was removed (the "1968" seen in the image was engraved post -manufacturing). An engraved serial number at the 12 o'clock position on the rim. The type 2 also has a few slight design changes on the reverse.As note to collectors: When the "FG" hallmark is seen on the reverse it's an original U.S. Mint medal! This is true for all original CIA medals (which shares the type 1 and type 2 reverse designs).

12 Mar 2018

Hawaii: Presidential Numismatic Artifact

Exonumia | DrDarryl

President Eisenhower awarded/gifted a special Government medal (sGm) during his visit to Hawaii from June 20-25, 1960. My research has shown that: 1. Only 400 medals were struck by the Philadelphia Mint. 2. The medal was designed by Frank Gasparro.3. The medal is the first U.S. Mint product to bear the design element for the State of Hawaii (not to be confused with the Kingdom of Hawaii or the Territory of Hawaii).4. Only 267 survived and are available to collectors.This information may seem trivial now, but it was undocumented for over a half-century. More importantly, the medal itself is a presidential artifact. Better yet, a presidential numismatic artifact. Even better, a presidential numismatic artifact personally awarded by the President himself. Better than better is the fact that the medal is tied to the first visit by a President to the State of Hawaii, and the same President that signed into law the establishment of the 50th state. In other words, the medal is tied directly to a US historical events and the Office of the President of the United States.The images and newspaper documents President Eisenhower's visit to the State of Hawaii. The medal is in my collection.There is a another interesting story about the cancelled Alaska medal...It would have been nice to have a sGm that represented the 49th state (of which President Eisenhower also visited earlier on June 12-13, 1960 and signed into law the establishment of the 49th state.

11 Mar 2018

Manufacturing Triad of the Bureau of the Mint: Version 2.0

Exonumia | DrDarryl

The attached model graphic should help in providing a 30,000 feet view of my on-going research:1. Creation and organization of the four new series based on multiple executed procurements between U.S. Government agencies and the Bureau of the Mint/U.S. Mint.2. Validation of the "Manufacturing Triad of the Bureau of the Mint" model based on creating and organizing four new series.3. Research findings are being added to a chapter in my POTUS sGm book (yet another delay).Did you know that the Department of the Interior procured 2 types of gold medals?Draft classification and organization of the Department of the Interior medals is shown in the image with the sGm.

23 Feb 2018

BOM Triad Concept Strikes Again (CIA was the Target this time)

Exonumia | DrDarryl

This is not a science fiction nor spy thriller blog entry. It's a blog entry that once again discusses "The Manufacturing Triad of the Bureau of the Mint (BoM)". In this "episode", the medals of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is the topic of focus. It's obviously known that the CIA is an agency of the U.S. Government. The question posed for discussion is: Can it be proven that the BOM manufactured the initial CIA award medals?

15 Dec 2017

Part 3: The Manufacturing Triad of the Bureau of the Mint

Exonumia | DrDarryl

In Part 1, I limited the time period of my discussions from 1958 through 1962. Expanding my discussion by a few years earlier and later, I'm able to provide another example of an "unintentional medal series" manufactured by the Bureau of the Mint.From the first accompanying image (I only own the silver and bronze specimens), it can be said that a minimum of three types of procurements were made by the Department of the Interior. The Department of the Interior series is composed of a Distinguished Service (gold), Meritorious Service (silver), and Commendable Service (bronze) medals. Note that the type of service award is identified on the obverse.The second accompanying image compares the Department of the Interior and Department of Commerce "meritorious service" (silver) medals.It can be said that the metal type (gold, silver, and bronze) was associated to an award level (Distinguished, Meritorious , and Commendable).It can be said that the U.S. Government agencies showcased its headquarters building in Washington DC on the medal's reverse design.It can be said that the reverse design replicates the award level and has an engraving pad area.It can be said that U.S. Mint engravers left their hallmark on either the obverse or reverse (Department of the Interior - Gilroy Roberts - reverse, right bottom of building)(Department of Commerce - Frank Gasparro, obverse, under right leg of eagle).

26 Nov 2017

Part 2: The Manufacturing Triad of the Bureau of the Mint (circa. 1958 - 1962)

Exonumia | DrDarryl

In my previous blog entry it was not obviously mentioned, but the point needs to be made. The items manufactured (coins for commerce, national medals, and special medals for U.S. Government agencies) are official Bureau of the Mint issues. To put it simply, they are designed, struck, and issued by the U.S. Government itself. The manufacturing triad DOES NOT include any issues physically manufactured outside the U.S. Government.At the 2017 ANA World's Fair of Money, it was incorrectly pointed out that I missed the inclusion of the non-U.S. Government issued President Lyndon Johnson medals (manufactured by Medallic Art Company (MACO). To make it perfectly clear, the identifier sGm (acronym for special Government medal) was created based on the term "special medals for U.S. Government agencies" by rearranging and eliminating specific words. Therefore, when you encounter the acronym "sGm" or the term "special Government medal" it must be understood that the medal was physically manufactured and issued by the U.S. Government. There is a rather large knowledge gap in U.S. numismatics. Special medals for U.S. Government agencies, special Government medals, or simply sGms have not been cataloged nor documented properly in U.S. numismatics. I've seen many Eisenhower POTUS sGm specimens with remnants of acid testing , cleaning, and other mishandling. It can be said that the sGm knowledge gap aided in the decimation of remaining POTUS sGm population. Majority of collectors and dealers simply do not known what they are. However, there is another area that has fallen to into a bigger problem, part of our U.S. history is being lost. Many of the original recipients of the Eisenhower POTUS sGms have passed away resulting in their knowledge being lost forever.I brought up this subject (the lost history of sGms) to a retired U.S. history professor (lectured at a major west coast university and an ardent President Eisenhower admirer) and was totally amazed that I documented medals unknown to U.S. historians and are newly discovered/found presidential period artifacts. He pointed out that I was in uncharted waters of President Eisenhower history. This had me go into a deep dive to locate any mention of the Eisenhower POTUS sGms in published literature from 1958 through 1961. There is an empty sea of knowledge in this period literature. I added an image of text (prefer to keep the source unknown for the moment) that I found. It is totally inaccurate. This text makes reference to the Class 1 POTUS sGm (half-dollar size) of which images were added to this blog entry (this is the first ever picture of a Class 1 type set).The following information was documented for the first time in my 2014 book and updated with additional information in my 2015 book. Additional information to follow in my future 3rd book. It should be noted that my 2014 book was the first instance in U.S. numismatic history where a half-century old Bureau of the Mint medals was first organized into series, first release of actual mintage, first release of end of term destruction inventory, first identification of the designer, etc... , and was the first to document and share the discovery with the U.S. numismatic community. In the Class 1 type set images: The bottom medal is Gomez-C1-01b. The left medal is Gomez-C1-03. The right medal is Gomez-C1-02.C1=Class 1 (30.6mm diameter, 2.6875 thickness)-01b,- 03, and -02= reverse die identifierThere are three Class 1 die marriages. A common obverse die is paired with each of the three different reverse dies.Reverse die -01 is blank resulting in a uniface medal. The thickness of 2.6875 was made in order to remove die clashing on the blank side (as a result all Class 1 medals are this thickness). The blank side was inscribed with custom text by a commercial jeweler (located within the Pentagon). There are currently three known types of custom text. The "Newport, R.I. 1958" text designates it as a Summer White House issue, hence the letter identifier in -01b . Reverse die 03 depicts President Eisenhower's 11-nation tour route. The reverse design had a guide dimple to allow the commercial jeweler drill a hole and attach a keychain. Again, the commercial jeweler did the post-manufacture work. Reverse die 02 depicts the year 1959 of which President Eisenhower visited Europe . (To be discussed in my future book: A limited number of this medal is accompanied with a presidential card and envelope). This is a sampling of my on-going research. Extensive research findings are in my books. TO BE CONTINUED...

05 Nov 2017

The Kennedy Five ... Not a rock group nor half-dollars !

Exonumia | DrDarryl

I recently completed a transaction to acquire my 5th Kennedy POTUS special Government medal. Only 295 left to go...(just kidding). The White House Office procured these medals from the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia for President Kennedy's use. Several have provenance (documented and completed chain of ownership) from President Kennedy to my collection. I believed I discussed the subject of provenance vs. pedigree in my previous blogs....

16 Jun 2017

The Third Official Function of the Bureau of the Mint/United States Mint

Exonumia | DrDarryl

If you Google the term "special government medal" or "sGm" or "special medals for US government agencies" your search result relating to the Bureau of the Mint or United States Mint will be empty. However, if you search the term "POTUS sGm" you will get a hit to my website (discusses a particular type of "special government medal" of which I have ongoing research). This empty search result points out that these common terms are unused and uncommon term within the US numismatic community. However, if you review each of the Annual Reports of the Director of the Mint (if you have the time) you will see this term is used often to describe a function of the Bureau of the Mint/United States Mint. What is a "special government medal (sGm)"? The term "special medals for US government agencies" relates to the third official manufacturing function of the Bureau of the Mint/United States Mint. The three blog images provides an introduction to this third official manufacturing function of the Bureau of the Mint/United States Mint.The final image with the examples of "special government medals" drives the point of this blog entry. There is no numismatic work that identifies nor catalogs all results from the third official manufacturing function of the Bureau of the Mint (or United States Mint). The final images also provides evidence of the connection between the Bureau of the Mint and multiple United States Government agencies with Frank Gasparro as the common thread as the designer of these three represented "special Government medals".

24 Jan 2017

Please President Eisenhower...May I have one?

Exonumia | DrDarryl

More research clarification for my in-progress book. Image is a partial article clipping I just had to share.Must have been a real pleasure to receive one from President Eisenhower himself !!The Hawaii version video.I included images of the "Provenance Memo" and "Hawaii Payment Voucher". Key documents to organize and form the POTUS sGm series.https://youtu.be/lPegmQ-jox8

08 Jan 2017

Robert L. White Pedigree - Kennedy POTUS sGm

Exonumia | DrDarryl

Collectors of John F. Kennedy memorabilia should recognize the name Robert L. White. His name is synonymous as the owner/collector of the most significant private collection of artifacts and documents relating to and/or belonging to the late President John F. Kennedy. His collection was greeted with controversy when items were cosigned for auction. Many of the artifacts/documents where national treasures that he either purchased from or was bequeath to him from President Kennedy's longtime personal secretary. Many of those items were returned to the Kennedy family or turned over to the National Archives. https://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2006/summer/camelot.htmlIt was astounding that I came upon a medal being offered for sale without a hint of its pedigree. The documentation that accompanied my Kennedy Appreciation Medal allowed me to make the unbelievable connection to the Robert L. White collection that was auctioned in 2005 after his death.


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