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15 Nov 2016

What are special Government medals?

Medals | DrDarryl

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.

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09 Oct 2015

Found Presidential Medal Reinforces My Numismatic Research

Medals | DrDarryl

During the writing of my book,Authoritative Numismatic Reference:Presidential Medal of AppreciationTMAward Medals 1958 - 1963, ISBN: 1511786744, I contacted the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library & Museum for images of a bronze medal that was awarded from President Eisenhower to then Vice-President Nixon.I felt that is was appropriate to email a working draft Chapter 7 to assist the library in locating this medal. It provided the physical traits and historical information based on previously sequestered White House records.I also created a rendition of the medal based on these White House Records.

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04 Sep 2015

Kingdom of Hawaii - King Kalakaua Coronation Medal

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This specimen is in my Hawaiiana collection.

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21 Aug 2015

Happy Statehood Day Hawai'i ! August 21, 1958

Medals | DrDarryl

This is 1 of 30 known Official Hawai'i Statehood Medal Progression Sets (source: Hawaii Money Standard Catalog Second Edition by Medcalf & Russell).

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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.

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18 Jan 2015

A Helping Hand to Philippines Numismatists

Medals | DrDarryl

Accurate mintage provided to Honeycutt H-525 & Basso B-898. See image. DDE-12 (medal in image) information taken from my book: The Dwight D. Eisenhower Appreciation Medals, ISBN 1495348229. The Philippines numismatic reference books cataloged the Eisenhower visit medal, but does not provide additional information. DDE-12 was struck by the US Mint in Philadelphia. Obverse and reverse designs by Frank Gasparro. Medal was used during President Eisenhower's trip to Taiwan, Philippines, and State of Alaska. Base on my research notes, roughly 225 medals were distributed in the Philippines.This is a very interesting US Mint medal series now that it has been uncovered after being hidden for over 5 decades. Standard US silver dollar planchets were used for the medal. Google "NGC Registry Eisenhower POTUS Appreciation Medals" to see more extractions from my book.Dr. Honeycutt was provided with my DDE-12 information and he indicated it will be included on his next book update. Medal in the image is in my personal collection.

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13 Nov 2014

POTUS Appreciation Medal : Eisenhower South America 1960

Medals | DrDarryl

Based on the book,The Dwight D. Eisenhower Appreciation Medals,1,750 medals were struck (1,200 original order with 550 second order).

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08 Nov 2014

Advocating New US Numismatic Series That Was Previously Struck By The US Mint

Medals | DrDarryl

I'm in the process of writing an article on the subject. Below is a brief description about the POTUS Appreciation Medals.

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23 Oct 2014

Mysterious US Mint Medal Series Uncovered After Five Decades

Medals | DrDarryl

A mysterious US Mint medal series was recently uncovered after being hidden from the public eye for over five decades. These medals were designed and minted by the US Mint in Philadelphia. In all, a total of 9,858 medals were struck. These medals came in 3 sizes: half-dollar (30.6mm), dollar (38.1mm), and medallion (76.0 mm). The half-dollar size medals were struck in .900 fine silver. The dollar size medals were struck in both 18K gold and .900 silver. The medallion size medals were struck in bronze. 17 design variations have been currently identified and cataloged.

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