DrDarryl's Blog

30 Jul 2022

My Research Notes: POTUS Numismatic Artifacts (PNA)

Exonumia | DrDarryl

These are a few of my original source research notes from 1960 periodicals for the Class 2 President Eisenhower Appreciation Medals. I'm still researching this previously undocumented US Mint medal series.

14 Jul 2018

Dwight D. Eisenhower the Numismatist

Coins | DrDarryl

I'm sharing a write-up that I just drafted that should provide insight that Dwight D. Eisenhower was a numismatist at heart and that he donated his coin collection to the Smithsonian Institution in 1958 (while still actively serving his second term as the 34th President of the United States).

20 Mar 2018

Construction of the Eisenhower Memorial in Washington DC

Exonumia | DrDarryl

Construction in progress. Planned dedication is the 75th anniversary of D-Day (June 6, 2019). Read about it at http://www.eisenhowermemorial.org/# I made a small contribution (name on contribution page) in the construction of the memorial.If you look carefully at the animation https://youtu.be/Z1gxhh0jUe4 (time 1:58) you will see a plaque in the shape of large medal.

12 Mar 2018

Hawaii: Presidential Numismatic Artifact

Exonumia | DrDarryl

President Eisenhower awarded/gifted a special Government medal (sGm) during his visit to Hawaii from June 20-25, 1960. My research has shown that: 1. Only 400 medals were struck by the Philadelphia Mint. 2. The medal was designed by Frank Gasparro.3. The medal is the first U.S. Mint product to bear the design element for the State of Hawaii (not to be confused with the Kingdom of Hawaii or the Territory of Hawaii).4. Only 267 survived and are available to collectors.This information may seem trivial now, but it was undocumented for over a half-century. More importantly, the medal itself is a presidential artifact. Better yet, a presidential numismatic artifact. Even better, a presidential numismatic artifact personally awarded by the President himself. Better than better is the fact that the medal is tied to the first visit by a President to the State of Hawaii, and the same President that signed into law the establishment of the 50th state. In other words, the medal is tied directly to a US historical events and the Office of the President of the United States.The images and newspaper documents President Eisenhower's visit to the State of Hawaii. The medal is in my collection.There is a another interesting story about the cancelled Alaska medal...It would have been nice to have a sGm that represented the 49th state (of which President Eisenhower also visited earlier on June 12-13, 1960 and signed into law the establishment of the 49th state.

30 Sep 2017

Revisited: Frank Gasparro's Dual Torch Design

Exonumia | DrDarryl

In one of my previous blog entries I shared a composite image of a numismatic research find from my original research on the POTUS sGm series. The attached image could be the first photo to actually have the three dual torch design of Frank Gasparro side-by-side with actual specimens . The Kennedy and MacArthur issues are the full size "list medals" and not the smaller re-issued medals. All struck by the U.S. Mint.From Left to right:1960 President Dwight D. Eisenhower appreciation medal1961 President John F. Kennedy inauguration medal1962 General Douglas MacArthur congressional gold medal (struck in bronze)Mr. Gasparro used his dual torch design in three consecutive years on three different medal types (appreciation, inauguration , and congressional).

27 Sep 2017

President Dwight D. Eisenhower 1960 Paris Summit Medal

Exonumia | DrDarryl

I made this video a few days ago of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's 1960 Paris Summit medal with nice toning.

24 Mar 2017

I Still Like Ike

Exonumia | DrDarryl

Most of you know that I have a keen interest in the medals awarded/issued by President Dwight D. Eisenhower based on my blog entries. Well, I kicked it up a notch by making a donation to the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial that is to be built in Washington DC (see image of letter and "I Still Like Ike" buttons).The official Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial website is :http://eisenhowermemorial.gov/#memorial/design?p=0The Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial also has a youtube.com page. In one of their videos, if you look hard enough (starting at time 01:48) you will see a plaque that resembles Eisenhower's inaugural medal.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1gxhh0jUe4A great video ...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0NytKxcgbc

19 Mar 2017

Eisenhower A Roma

Exonumia | DrDarryl

One of the fascinating aspects of researching the POTUS sGm is locating ephemera relating to President Eisenhower when he awarded/issued his medals. The booklet (in the image) was actually obtained from a book dealer located in Italy. It was published by the US Information Service in 1959 and is written in Italian. It depicts images of President Eisenhower during his visit in Italy from December 4 - 6, 1959. Italy was the first country of which President Eisenhower visited during his 11-Nation Goodwill Tour.An obverse view of President Eisenhower's 11-Nation Goodwill Tour medal (aka Gomez-C1-03) is also shown in the image.

28 Jan 2017

The Eisenhower Eleven-nation Goodwill Tour Medal

Exonumia | DrDarryl

Collectors aren't aware of the significance of Gomez-C1-03 from the President of the United States special Government medal (POTUS sGm) series.


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