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12 Oct 2021

FDOI1964 Kennedy Half Dollars From Two Different US Mint Facilities

Coins | DrDarryl

I created a unique 1964 First Day of Issue (FDOI) pair of Kennedy half dollars, one each from the Philadelphia Mint and Denver Mint.

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03 Oct 2021

Numismatic Research is Fun!

Exonumia | DrDarryl

On this post, I'm continuing to share additional notes on my numismatic research on "Special Medals for United States Government Agencies".

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01 Oct 2021

Special Medals for US Government Agencies

Exonumia | DrDarryl

More of my old numismatic research notes. What are Special Medals for United States Government Agencies?

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30 Sep 2021

My Research Confirmed in Frank Gasparro's Biography

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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.

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24 Apr 2021

I Like Ikes: The Original Ikes

Exonumia | DrDarryl

Back in 2013, as a part-time numismatic researcher I discovered several medal types that the US Mint manufactured for use by President Dwight D. Eisenhower during the years 1958 through 1961. It was an incredible discovery! I was the first to organize, catalog, and named this medal series. This medal series consists of twenty medal types (14 manufactured by the US Mint and 6 engravings added post-manufacture to those with a blank reverse). One can say that I did the unthinkable, I discovered an entire US Mint medal series that was unknown to the general public for over a half-century. Click-> Original Ikes Webpage

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14 May 2020

Secretary of Commerce special Government medal

Exonumia | DrDarryl

New research finding on the Department of Commerce special Government medals (sGms). As previously reported in my paper (exhibited at the 2018 ANA World's Fair of Money), there are four sGm types employed for use by the Department of Commerce. Frank Gasparro's incuse initials "F.G." on the obverse is located in a similar location as on the reverse of the Kennedy half-dollar design (between the eagle's tail feathers and right talon).It was discovered that an issued Secretary of Commerce Medal was awarded to The German Federal Minster of Finance, Dr. Alex Möller in 1970. One of the images shows how the engraving is to be performed.

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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.

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02 Apr 2020

Department of Treasury Meritorious Service Award

Exonumia | DrDarryl

This is a Department of Treasury Meritorious Service Award designed by John Ray Sinnock (8th Chief Engraver of the US Mint and designer of the Roosevelt dime, Franklin half dollar, and numerous other U.S. Mint items) and Adam Pietz (designer of the Iowa Centennial half dollar and numerous other U.S. Mint items). Both of their hallmarks can bee seen on the obverse at the bottom left or right of the stairs.Based on the medal type (special government medal for U.S. government agencies). The Department of the Treasury first awarded these medals in 1949. As you can see from my research find, these medals are rarely awarded.

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25 Mar 2020

Department of the Interior Commendable Service Award: First Convocation Issue

Exonumia | DrDarryl

Sharing my research find on the Department of the Interior Commendable Service Award.1. First convocation of the Commendable Service Award (bronze) was April 28, 1948. (It will be 72 years this April since the first convocation.)2. First convocation issue was 92 bronze medals. (The number of medals (gold, silver, and bronze) of the first convocation are now known.)3. Recipients of the bronze medal confirmed on the medal and documentation.It was fun unfolding the history of this medal in my collection.

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28 May 2019

It's a Law

Exonumia | DrDarryl

Almost mid-year and this is my first post of 2019! I've been extremely busy with my full-time career as an engineer. The document image (parts redacted) is research evidence that backs my research on Special Medals for US Government Agencies (aka special Government medals (sGm)!! I'm still researching this law and I don't want anyone to steal my thunder...There is a US Government law that authorizes departments (or agencies) to purchase and award honor awards. The US Mint accommodate this law by employing a function to manufacture special medals for US Government agencies. Another piece of this puzzle solved!

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