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30 Sep 2021

My Research Confirmed in Frank Gasparro's Biography

| DrDarryl

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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28 Jul 2018

JFK's Dublin, Ireland Presentation Piece

Exonumia | DrDarryl

I recently acquired this specimen from the family of a Department of State officer who served at the American Embassy in Dublin, Ireland in 1962. The presentation case, with presidential seal, is the first of its kind that I have seen that houses a Kennedy POTUS sGm.

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03 Jul 2018

Two degrees of Separation: Mary Gallagher POTUS sGm Specimen

Exonumia | DrDarryl

One of the not well-known characteristics of collecting the POTUS sGm series is the ability to establish the provenance (unbroken chain of legal ownership of acquired) of specimens.

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01 Jul 2018

President Kennedy Appreciation Medal

Exonumia | DrDarryl

This is the specimen that I first acquired (have a total of 5). Part of the POTUS sGm research collection I'm getting NGC encapsulated/graded. I also added an image of the original 2014 ad of its pre-NGC certification state. The demand of this medal can be seen with its steep price increase from 2014 to 2017.

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05 Nov 2017

The Kennedy Five ... Not a rock group nor half-dollars !

Exonumia | DrDarryl

I recently completed a transaction to acquire my 5th Kennedy POTUS special Government medal. Only 295 left to go...(just kidding). The White House Office procured these medals from the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia for President Kennedy's use. Several have provenance (documented and completed chain of ownership) from President Kennedy to my collection. I believed I discussed the subject of provenance vs. pedigree in my previous blogs....

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