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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.

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02 Dec 2016

POTUS sGm DDE-C1-02 Presentation Set

Exonumia | DrDarryl

Rare presentation set awarded/issued by President Eisenhower during his August 26 - September 7, 1959 visit to Germany, France and England.Sharing my on-going research. This is a complete/intact President Eisenhower's 1959 presentation set (I posted a picture at my blog before). This time I have additional National Archives and Records Administration findings in a video:1. Department of State partially funded the presentation sets2. Memo which identifies individuals who received the presentation set from President Eisenhower in Paris, France.3. Memo to Ann Whitman (Eisenhower’s personal secretary) from White House Office staff member suggesting the use of the 48-star place card and envelope with the "coin" (thus forming the presentation set).click this --->>>(Video that I made)

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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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