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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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15 Dec 2017

Part 3: The Manufacturing Triad of the Bureau of the Mint

Exonumia | DrDarryl

In Part 1, I limited the time period of my discussions from 1958 through 1962. Expanding my discussion by a few years earlier and later, I'm able to provide another example of an "unintentional medal series" manufactured by the Bureau of the Mint.From the first accompanying image (I only own the silver and bronze specimens), it can be said that a minimum of three types of procurements were made by the Department of the Interior. The Department of the Interior series is composed of a Distinguished Service (gold), Meritorious Service (silver), and Commendable Service (bronze) medals. Note that the type of service award is identified on the obverse.The second accompanying image compares the Department of the Interior and Department of Commerce "meritorious service" (silver) medals.It can be said that the metal type (gold, silver, and bronze) was associated to an award level (Distinguished, Meritorious , and Commendable).It can be said that the U.S. Government agencies showcased its headquarters building in Washington DC on the medal's reverse design.It can be said that the reverse design replicates the award level and has an engraving pad area.It can be said that U.S. Mint engravers left their hallmark on either the obverse or reverse (Department of the Interior - Gilroy Roberts - reverse, right bottom of building)(Department of Commerce - Frank Gasparro, obverse, under right leg of eagle).

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