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14 May 2020

Secretary of Commerce special Government medal

Exonumia | DrDarryl

New research finding on the Department of Commerce special Government medals (sGms). As previously reported in my paper (exhibited at the 2018 ANA World's Fair of Money), there are four sGm types employed for use by the Department of Commerce. Frank Gasparro's incuse initials "F.G." on the obverse is located in a similar location as on the reverse of the Kennedy half-dollar design (between the eagle's tail feathers and right talon).It was discovered that an issued Secretary of Commerce Medal was awarded to The German Federal Minster of Finance, Dr. Alex Möller in 1970. One of the images shows how the engraving is to be performed.

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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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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).

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23 Feb 2018

BOM Triad Concept Strikes Again (CIA was the Target this time)

Exonumia | DrDarryl

This is not a science fiction nor spy thriller blog entry. It's a blog entry that once again discusses "The Manufacturing Triad of the Bureau of the Mint (BoM)". In this "episode", the medals of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is the topic of focus. It's obviously known that the CIA is an agency of the U.S. Government. The question posed for discussion is: Can it be proven that the BOM manufactured the initial CIA award medals?

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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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