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13 Aug 2017

Profile of John F. Kennedy

Exonumia | DrDarryl

The profile of John F. Kennedy can be seen at the Iao Valley State Park on Maui, Hawaii. The rock formation was made the obverse design of the 1977 Maui Coin Club medal. Medal is listed as 2M-308 in Hawaiian Money Standard Catalog 2nd Edition by Medcalf and Russell. The Maui Coin Club was went inactive in 1981.

07 Jul 2017

Revised Coin Book Reviews

Exonumia | user_15398

This is a revision of a few of the coin book reviews I published a while ago. These reviews are longer and add more facts and such. Enjoy!

30 Jun 2017

Soldier's Love Token Poem

Exonumia | Pliny The Elder

Trench art is a term given to items that soldiers carve or make in their many hours on watch or otherwise practicing the art of war. Love tokens are coins that have been carved with initials and other things to express a person's love or affection for another. Sometimes Trench Art and Love Tokens intersect. Here is a poem I wrote for independence Day. Remember the soldier today, often far away from those he or she loves.

29 Jun 2017

Discovery: 1997 Princess Ka'iulani 1/10 oz Gold Hapaumi Repunched Date

Exonumia | DrDarryl

I'm working a side project to catalog the Royal Hawaiian Mint issues relating to Crown Princess Ka'iulani of the Kingdom Hawai'i. This catalog is roughly 90% complete. However, I spotted what seems to be a new variety being listed at an online auction website. I purchased this specimen to confirm and document this variety. I was right. I spotted this repunched date a mile away (auction image was not of high quality). I snapped a few close-up pictures after I received the specimen. This is the second repunched date identified in the Crown Princess Ka'iulani of the Kingdom Hawai'i issues by the Royal Hawaiian Mint.

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".

11 Jun 2017

Research Knowledge Discovery - King Kalakaua 1 Coronation Medal

Exonumia | DrDarryl

I just submitted a US copyright on an article discussing a research find I made. For those who are familiar with my discovery models, this find adds a new piece of knowledge to the King Kalakaua 1 Coronation Medal knowledge domain.Background:The 1882 dated King Kalakaua 1 coronation medal has befuddled Hawaiian numismatics for decades due to its unknown mintage, designer and manufacturer. This medal is identified as:2RM-9 (Hawaiian Money Standard Catalog 1991 Second Edition by Donald Medcalf & Ronald Russell)RM-7 (Hawaiian Moeny Standard catalog 1978 First Edition by Donald Medcalf & Ronald Russell)108 (Hawaiian Coins, Tokens and Paper Money1961 Revised Second Edition by Maurice and Kenneth Bressett)9A (Hawaiian Money and Medals 1967 by Gordon Medcalf and Robert Fong)Research Find:My research has identified the designer and manufacturer, but not the mintage of the 1882 dated King Kalakaua 1 coronation medal. Hawaii specialist know that this medal is rare, especially in uncirculated grades.Attached are the first two pages of the copyrighted article. The key items of the research Intellectual Property (IP) has been redacted, but one partial image reveals an exact description of the 1882 dated King Kalakaua 1 coronation medal. This is the key piece of knowledge that is part of this "research discovery".One last thing, a new metal composition of 2RM-9 has been discovered !!!!.

01 Jun 2017


Exonumia | Longstrider

Here for you to enjoy, I hope, is a 1925 Norse American Medal-Thick. I have been lusting after this medal for quite a few years. I was never able to find an example that I liked and could afford at the same time. Well my luck held and I found this at my regular coin dealer this last weekend. Now I love my guy but he isn't cheap. That's O.K. 'cause I know it and he gives me tons of knowledge and advise and some other perks.. For some reason this medal was in my price range and grade a MS 64. Well above a grade I hoped to obtain. The medals were struck to commemorate the anniversary of the Restuaration, which brought Norwegian immigrants to the United States a century earlier. The medals came in different sized planchets, thick and thin. There were also some made in gold but most gold ones were melted down. The thick ones have a mintage of 33,750. The medal was designed by James Earle Fraser in .900 silver. My example also has a bit of toning that didn't come through on the photos. Looking forward to your thoughts. Thanks for looking.


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