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24 Apr 2020

The Unsung First Day Issues

Coins | DrDarryl

I defined a new type of historic numismatic specimens as the Unsung First Day Issues and are not readily known by the numismatic nor collector communities. My quick research (less than a week) was instigated by NGC's recent grading of a bag of 1964-D Kennedy half dollars. I agree with their assignment of a "First Day Issue" (FDI) designation. But now it leaves the door open for the Unsung First Day Issues.

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.

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).

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".

31 Dec 2016

My Trifecta Discovery of Frank Gasparro's Design

Exonumia | DrDarryl

One day this past summer as I was searching an online auction website for US Mint medals, I made this "trifecta" design element discovery. I made sure that I documented this numismatic find at my website (image being shared in this blog entry was posted on August 4, 2016)Imagine the thrill making this undocumented design connection for the first time. This was only achieved from my numismatic research findings of the President of the United States special Government medal (POTUS sGm) series (which I originally named Dwight D. Eisenhower Appreciation medals, then Presidential Medal of Appreciation). The POTUS sGm information was the missing piece that made the "trifecta" design discovery.The "trifecta" design discovery is the use of the dual torch design (which is a symbol of liberty). See the image.The left medal is the obverse of the 1960 President Eisenhower Class 2 POTUS sGm. The middle medal is the reverse of the 1961 President Kennedy Inauguration medal.The right medal is from the reverse of the 1962 General MacArthur Congressional gold medal.My trifecta findings:1. Each of the medals with the dual torch design was the work of Frank Gasparro.2. Frank Gasparro's dual torch design was used on US Mint medals in the years 1960, 1961, and 1962.3. Each of the three medals honors prominent Americans.

15 Nov 2016

What are special Government medals?

Medals | DrDarryl

The images in this blog are from the Annual Report of the Director of the Mint from the years 1957 through 1962. The Bureau of the Mint provided a function to manufacture special Government medals (sGm). The other functions of the Bureau of the Mint was to manufacture coinage for commerce and national commemorative medals (NCM). 1957 image - NCM (term historical) and sGm are mentioned1958 image - NCM (term historical) and sGm are mentioned1959 image - NCM (term historical) and sGm are mentioned1960 image - NCM (term historical) and sGm are mentioned1961 image - NCM (term historical) and sGm are mentioned1962 image - A change in terms. Medals of national character (NCM) and special medals for United States Government agencies (sGm).These images provides evidence that the Bureau of the Mint had three functions in the manufacture realm:1. Manufacture coins for commerce (domestic and foreign)2. Manufacture national medals3. Manufacture special Government medals General numismatic information has been readily available for coins of commerce and national medals. Special Government medals are without general numismatic information and this is due to its unacknowledged status by the Bureau of the Mint. Do you know why sGm have an unacknowledged status?sGm are a product of a joint inter-agency effort (acquiring US Government agency and the Bureau of the Mint). The Bureau of the Mint enforces confidentiality of this joint inter-agency effort, hence no releasing of information to the public.

06 Nov 2016

US Numismatics Discovery Models - Part 2

Coins-United States | DrDarryl

The following three models (Model D, E, and F) explains how an entire US Mint® series can be discovered!The legend for the below models:Black Circle - Current Documented Knowledge DomainBlue Triangle - Addition of new knowledge to the Current Documented Knowledge DomainBlue Text - Addition of new knowledge based on the relatively unstudied/undocumented function of the Bureau of the Mint (1984 name change to US Mint®) to produce special medals for US Government agencies (My assigned term of this US Mint® product is special Government medal).Blue Circle - Creation of a new Documented Knowledge DomainWhy are the majority of special Government medal issues kept secret by the US Mint® ? special Government medals are a joint inter-agency effort between an acquiring US Government agency and the US Mint®. The US Mint® enforces confidentiality of this joint inter-agency effort and does not released comprehensive production information related to thesemedals. A good case example is the President of the United States special Government medal (POTUS sGm) series:http://www.potus-sgm.com/In the case of the POTUS sGm series, from 1958 to the present, the US Mint® has never released comprehensive production and general numismatic information related these special Government medals. It took a numismatic researcher to uncover this US Mint series. One injustice from the withholding this information was the fact that these numismatic medals are true to life presidential artifacts that is unknown by historians, numismatists, and collectors.Model D - Previously Undocumented Issue - The initial discovery of a POTUS sGm and its supporting documentation as an official US Mint issue.Model E - Previously Undocumented US Mint Series - The initial discovery of the 15 types of POTUS sGm and its supporting documentation as an official US Mint issue.Model F - Previously Undocumented Knowledge Domain - Filling the knowledge void for the newly documented POTUS sGm Series Knowledge Domain. This is how a US Mint series was discovered!


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