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16 Jun 2017

The Third Official Function of the Bureau of the Mint/United States Mint

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If you Google the term "special government medal" or "sGm" or "special medals for US government agencies" your search result relating to the Bureau of the Mint or United States Mint will be empty. However, if you search the term "POTUS sGm" you will get a hit to my website (discusses a particular type of "special government medal" of which I have ongoing research). This empty search result points out that these common terms are unused and uncommon term within the US numismatic community. However, if you review each of the Annual Reports of the Director of the Mint (if you have the time) you will see this term is used often to describe a function of the Bureau of the Mint/United States Mint. What is a "special government medal (sGm)"? The term "special medals for US government agencies" relates to the third official manufacturing function of the Bureau of the Mint/United States Mint. The three blog images provides an introduction to this third official manufacturing function of the Bureau of the Mint/United States Mint.The final image with the examples of "special government medals" drives the point of this blog entry. There is no numismatic work that identifies nor catalogs all results from the third official manufacturing function of the Bureau of the Mint (or United States Mint). The final images also provides evidence of the connection between the Bureau of the Mint and multiple United States Government agencies with Frank Gasparro as the common thread as the designer of these three represented "special Government medals".

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25 Dec 2016

U-2 Spy Plane Shootdown and its Ties to US Numismatics

Exonumia | DrDarryl

I presented this original research material during my MoneyTalk session at the 2015 World's Fair of Money in Chicago, IL. This is an updated timeline of events (possible future ANA article).April 29, 1960: Acting Director of the Mint (Leland Howard) notifies US Mint at Philadelphia (Rae V. Biester) of the need to produce special presentation medals for President Eisenhower's upcoming trip to France and Portugal.May 3, 1960: Acting Director of the Mint (Leland Howard) notifies US Mint at Philadelphia (Rae V. Biester) to clarify the direction and deadline for the special presentation medals.May 5, 1960: US Mint at Philadelphia (Rae V. Biester) notifies Director of the Mint (William Brett) to clarify the design elements of the special presentation medals.May 12, 1960: White House Office receives the special presentation medals from the US Mint at Philadelphia. May 15 - 19, 1960: President Eisenhower in France with the special presentation medals. Paris Summit collapses stemming from the U-2 spy plane (piloted by Francis Gary Powers) shootdown in Soviet Union airspace.The special presentation medals were three 18 KT gold medals and thirty .900 fine silver medals that were to be awarded to participants of the 1960 Paris Summit. It can be said that the three golds medal were to be awarded after successful Paris Summit discussions. The designated recipients of the gold medals were Prime Minister Macmillan (United Kingdom), President de Gaulle (France) and Chairman Khrushchev (USSR).Official records indicate that the three 18 KT gold medals (along with the thirty .900 silver medals) were returned to the US and later destroyed on December 30, 1960 (prior to the end of President Eisenhower's 2nd term in office). To the best of my knowledge, actual pictures of the special presentation medals do not exist. It would be exciting if the working dies could be located.My numismatic research was the first to uncover and first to share the story of these destroyed special presentation medals (I included a page from my 2015 book with the rendition of the gold medal and summary information). It's interesting to see the speed of the manufacturing process of the Bureau of the Mint for "special Government medals" --> POTUS-sGmConcept to Delivery: 14 daysThere is a Paris Summit companion medal that was awarded/issued to US military and Department of State personnel (to be presented in another blog entry).if you would like to read more about the 1960 Paris Summit here is a link ---> 1960 Paris Summit

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