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21 Jan 2017

Really? ... That Much for a Copy of My Out of Print Book

Exonumia | DrDarryl

I'm writing a 3rd book relating to "POTUS sGm" (aka Eisenhower Appreciation medals, Kennedy Appreciation medal). I found it amusing as I looked at the high listed price on two Amazon locations (prices shown are in US dollars) for the first book on these "newly discovered" US Mint medals. The first two books on these medals can be seen at http://www.potus-sgm.com/

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16 Jan 2017

Medals of the US Submarine Verterans of World War II

Exonumia | DrDarryl

I would never have made the connection of these medal to Hawaii without the COA (struck by Hawaii Pacific Mint for Dolphin Medallions. Apparently, the United States Submarine Veterans of World War II had these medals made for the group. The group has disbanded due to the low remaining WWII survivors.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Submarine_Veterans_of_World_War_III purchased them medal at separate times and I keep looking for them to add to my collection.Those members still surviving have move on to another group. https://www.ussvi.org/home.asp

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15 Jan 2017

1891 Centennial Celebration Patent Office United States of American

Exonumia | DrDarryl

Large medals (48mm diameter and 4mm thickness) that were struck for the Centennial Celebration of the US Patent Office.  The copper specimen is a pattern. The aluminum specimen was issued at the 1891 celebration event. Most aluminum specimens are holed in order to wear as a badge of honor.I originally purchased the aluminum specimen and performed my research (see image of the booklet pages). There is a snippet that describes the aluminum medal as an event souvenir. The designer initials 'CLC' on the obverse stands for C. L. Chapelle.The copper specimen was purchased at a later date and I found a similar specimen in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History  provided a wealth of information about this medal (ID 1981.0296.1608). The manufacturer was Scovill Manufacturing Company. Click to view the Smithsonian pageThe current logo of the United States Patent and Trademark Office removed several of the design elements (i.e. cog wheel, etc...), but have kept the eagle and shield. 

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13 Jan 2017

I Found Gold in the Total Eclipse of the Sun !

Exonumia | DrDarryl

This is an interesting error discovery I made in which I documented roughly 3 years ago. The medal was struck by the Honolulu Mint for the Bishop Museum and sold as a commemorative event medal that celebrates the total eclipse of the sun in Hawaii on July 11, 1991. The error is in the stated metal fineness. On the silver medal is the text ".999 GOLD". The initials "SL" stands for Steven Lee (the designer)From my research, I surmise that a GOLD die was switched in for use and the mistake was caught. However, few GOLD errors slipped through. I also did not find any documented evidence that a large (39.2m) 'eclipse' gold medals struck by the Honolulu Mint for the Bishop Museum nor any being sold by the Bishop Museum.I really did find gold (error text) in the Total Eclipse of the Sun (silver medal) !

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11 Jan 2017

A legitimate TPG Question Unanswered

Exonumia | DrDarryl

I asked  a specific  question to an unnamed Third Party Grading (TPG) company on their website (direct email and a journal entry). Hint: My ANA membership allows me to submit coins without a paid membership with this TPG. My specific question was in reference to obtaining encapsulation and grading for an uncataloged medal struck in silver. Obviously, being an uncataloged medal was an issue.  But, it was apparently not for someone with the right TPG connection. An uncataloged gold version of the medal was previously graded and encapsulated by this TPG (as seen in the included auction listing image).Even thought my silver medal will not be encapsulated, at least I found information about my medal in the The Numismatist allowing it to be cataloged.  Base on this article, I estimate 200 silver medals of Kamehameha the Great (1,500 medal striking / 8 medal types  = 187.5 sets ~200 individual medal type). However, based on my research. Only the Kamehameha the Great medal was sold individually. The other 7 medals were only available in the 8 medal set.  

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10 Jan 2017

Price Analysis of a POTUS sGm

Exonumia | DrDarryl

One of the "must do" items I performed for my upcoming book on President of the United States (POTUS) special Government medal (sGm) series was to establish a price history of the POTUS sGm. You will be amazed....Here are some examples:Gomez-C2-05, 1960 Eisenhower June Visit Sold in July 2009 for $24.99Sold in Dec 2016 for $495.00An increase of 1980.79%Gomez-C2-02, 1960 Eisenhower Paris Summit EventSold in March 2014 for $42.14Sold in Dec 2016 for $750.00An increase of 1779.78%Gomez-C1-01B, 1958 Eisenhower Newport R.I (Summer White House)Sold in July 2009 for $18.00Sold in Dec 2016 for $1000.00An increase of  5555.55% !!!From these price analysis samples you can see that my first two books (released in 2014, then in 2015) impacted the market  price (and demand) for these once unknown medals.The hunt is on for the POTUS sGm !! I predict that the POTUS sGm series demand  will expand to Eisenhower dollar collectors, Kennedy half dollar collectors, and both Eisenhower/Kennedy political memorabilia collectorsThe image is of an official booklet issued by the US Government. I placed a POTUS sGm (Gomez-C2-08) and Eisenhower dollar to make the image more interesting.

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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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07 Jan 2017

American Revenue Association Medal - Liberty Cap Design

Exonumia | Well worn Copper

Pictured is a bronze exhibit medal from the American Revenue Association. The ARA was established in 1947 and is an extension of stamp collecting. Members collect tax stamps, railroad stamps, and just about anything regarded non-postal. The medals go to exhibitors and are typically uniface. The Liberty Head with Cap is reminisant of the early Large Cents of 1793-1796. Sometimes these come on eBay for around $10-20. Makes a nice display item.

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07 Jan 2017

Visually Searching for Ice Cream

Exonumia | DrDarryl

In 2016, I won an online auction relating to an ice cream token. The seller hinted it was from Hawaii and I knew the seller was located in Hawaii as I had previous dealings with him. The text on the token does not mention Hawaii or a city in Hawaii, thus began my search. Normally, a pre-purchase prerequisite that I perform is to locate the numismatic item in a catalog or guidebook. This ice cream token was not listed in my copy of the Hawaiian Money Standard Catalog by Medcalf & Russell. Anyway, I took a chance and made the purchase.My numismatic search began while the token was in transit to me. I started to search various Hawaii sources. The key words I was searching with was "Velvet Ice Cream" which led me to an organization named "Honolulu Dairymen's Association". This is were the fun began. I started to search periodicals for my designated keywords from earliest to the latest in time. I found images relating to the keywords as early as 1915. My big break came when I visually noticed the font used on the word "Dairymen's" matched the ice cream token and a 1927 Hawaii advertisement. My visual search eventually led to the logo match of the keywords "Dairymen's Velvet Ice Cream" in a 1935 Hawaii advertisement.I included images of my search results. The Honolulu Dairymen's Association Ice cream token was highly likely used as early as the mid-20's to late as the late 30's in Hawaii on the island of Oahu.

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