Hi! I'm writing this quickly to those who get the Numismatic News. On page one there is a picture of this famous and great ship. What she did for this country is nothing short of phenomenal. However the article is misleading. They say the copper came from the 219 year old ship. That's not true. I ordered it and included was a small booklet. In there it tells you this copper came from a restoration done in the 1970' s' s for a visit from Queen Elizabeth. So it's not original. I called them up and told them this was deception. Nothing else. Just to raise funds. So if you wish to donate funds that's fine. If you still want the medal that's fine it is beautiful. I will never tell anyone what to order or not. But if I could I would send it back on principal. They should of told the truth. I also intend to let MR. Harper know what they did. Please this is just my opinion. And how I feel. I just believe you should know the truth before you order it. That ship helped us like no other. Anything from her I consider valuable. However sell what you state. I would encourage you to buy it if you like it. After all when I saw the picture it kind of sold me. When I received it and read what they did I was upset. The money is going for a good cause. If you like it please order it. But know the truth first.
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.