DrDarryl's Blog

30 Sep 2021

My Research Confirmed in Frank Gasparro's Biography

| DrDarryl

Back story: In 2013, I began researching the President Eisenhower Appreciation Medals . My primary research source were records held by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). My findings included mintage, designers, purpose, destruction inventory, and cataloging the series for the first time. In 2015, I update my numismatic research findings with additional Eisenhower findings and added the Kennedy Appreciation medals to this previously undocumented US Mint medal series.I've been sitting on some of my numismatic research finds relating to the Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy Appreciation Medals. I've attached images of Frank Gasparro's biography that was submitted as a congressional record during his 1965 confirmation as Chief Sculptor and Engraver of the US Mint.

27 Dec 2018

Forming a New Category of U.S. Mint medals

Exonumia | DrDarryl

"Each newly identified U.S. Government agency medal series should now be looked upon as a "series level" numismatic discovery since they are not organized as an official medal series by the U.S. Mint. The numismatic community should be on notice of this U.S. numismatic phenomena in establishing a new U.S. Mint medal category, special Government medals, that was caused by the U.S. Mint through its function to Manufacture Special Medals for U.S. Government Agencies."

09 Dec 2018

U.S. Mint Medal: Documenting the Pedigree of a POTUS sGm

Exonumia | DrDarryl

My career as an engineer keeps me busy...(last post was in September 2018!)

28 Jul 2018

JFK's Dublin, Ireland Presentation Piece

Exonumia | DrDarryl

I recently acquired this specimen from the family of a Department of State officer who served at the American Embassy in Dublin, Ireland in 1962. The presentation case, with presidential seal, is the first of its kind that I have seen that houses a Kennedy POTUS sGm.

14 Jul 2018

Dwight D. Eisenhower the Numismatist

Coins | DrDarryl

I'm sharing a write-up that I just drafted that should provide insight that Dwight D. Eisenhower was a numismatist at heart and that he donated his coin collection to the Smithsonian Institution in 1958 (while still actively serving his second term as the 34th President of the United States).

03 Jul 2018

Two degrees of Separation: Mary Gallagher POTUS sGm Specimen

Exonumia | DrDarryl

One of the not well-known characteristics of collecting the POTUS sGm series is the ability to establish the provenance (unbroken chain of legal ownership of acquired) of specimens.

02 Jul 2018

Historical Relevancy and Proper Regard - POTUS sGm

Exonumia | DrDarryl

First-ever numismatic cataloging (manufacturer (Bureau of the Mint), mintage, designer, usage, and other special numismatic information) of this U.S. Mint issue was in my 2014 book titled: The Dwight D. Eisenhower Appreciation Medals. This established the numismatic identity after a half-century of not being cataloged in numismatic resources.

30 Jun 2018

Sharing A Wonderful Compliment

Exonumia | DrDarryl

An author/publisher/expert on the 2nd Manufacturing Function of the U.S. Mint (National Medals) gave me a wonderful compliment (on my first book). I was re-reading my 2017 emails looking for an image of a purchase I made and came upon this email once again. See Image.

03 May 2018

How I Created the Manufacturing Triad of the U.S. Mint® (Version 3.0)

Exonumia | DrDarryl

This blog entry shows the latest revision (version 3.0) to the Manufacturing Triad of the U.S. Mint® . The primary intent is to show the mechanism to manufacture "special medals for U.S. Government agencies". Currently, I have identified four U.S. Government agencies that procured "table-type award medals". In essence, I created four new U.S. Mint® series. As a reminder, special medals for U.S. Government agencies required NO legislative approval.


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