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30 Jul 2015

Presidential Medal of Appreciation™ Award Medals.

Medals | DrDarryl

United States Mint® numismatic discoveries has been limited to the physical identification of a new error, new variety, or newly found hoard. The discovery of an entirely undocumented United States Mint® series is virtually unheard of in U.S. numismatics; however this seemingly impossible feat has been achieved. An entire United States Mint® series has been discovered and cataloged for the very first time.

I self-published my research findings in a book titled, Authoritative Numismatic Reference: Presidential Medal of AppreciationAward Medals 1958 - 1963, ISBN: 1511786744. This book is the first to document general numismatic information for the entire series of twenty-two Presidential Medal of AppreciationAward Medals.

I am presenting details of this research finding as a Money Talk speaker at the 2015 World's Fair of Money. Saturday, August 15, 2:00 p.m.


1. The United States Mint® (formerly known as the Bureau of the Mint prior to January 9, 1984) called these medals "special Government medals" and were only issued to U.S. Government Agencies.

2. The United States Mint® observes a non-disclosure policy to the public as they functioned as a supplier to the U.S. Government Agency. This non-disclosure policy continues today and is in its 56th year.

3. The U.S. Government Agency that were issued this series of medals was the White House Office (A U.S. Government Agency).

4. A high ranking person in the White House Office removed the records pertaining to the "special Government medals" from active White House files. These records have been sequestered for over 50 years. The records were returned to the U.S. Government in 2011.

5. I reviewed the once sequestered records for the first time in 2013.

6. Neither the United States Mint® nor the White Office have assigned an official name to the individual medals and the series of medals.

7. The medals are not a commemorative. These medals are fundamentally a presidential award, They were awarded by the President of the United States while serving his presidential tenure.

8. President Dwight D. Eisenhower awarded 20 types of medals. President John F. Kennedy awarded 1 type of medal. The remaining Kennedy medal is considered a trial strike.

9. All medals were designed and manufactured at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia.

10. Medals were design by Gilroy Roberts, Frank Gasparro, or an combination of both individuals for one side of the medal.

11. U.S. Historians and numismatic community are generally unaware about these medals due to item 2 and item 4.

12. The medals were awarded here in the U.S. and 25 countries (Afghanistan, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, France, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay, and Vatican City State).

13. There are two types of awardees.

14. There are five classes of the medals (based on size and die reuse).

15. There are two categories of the medal. "Core" is as issued by the United States Mint® to the White House Office. "Custom" are uniface medals that were engraved by a vendor by the direction of the White House Office.

16. All "core' medal mintage are known.

17. End of presidential term destruction reduced the already limited mintage. Destruction inventory is known.

I am presenting details of this research finding as a Money Talk speaker at the 2015 World's Fair of Money. Saturday, August 15, 2:00 p.m. Color images and renditions are to be shown of each of the 22 medals.

Some interesting topics that will be discussed:

**Shot down U.S. Spy plane results in gold Presidential Award Medals to be destroyed by the United States Mint®**

**Hagerty incident results in 18% survival of a single type of Presidential Award Medals**

**Summer White House Presidential Award Medals Identified**

** First United States Mint® product to bear the State of Hawaii identified (not to be confused with the Kingdom of Hawaii issues)**

** President EisenhowerPresidential Award Medal to then Vice President Nixon**



Level 6

Tat's amasn.Please let us know how everything goes. Thanks!


Level 5

Sounds like a lot of work on a very interesting subject. Good luck with your presentation and let us know how it is received.


Level 5

Very impressive. I can only imagine how much work in to this.

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