Part 1 - Back to Basics
research continues with a different view of U.S. numismatics from anything seen
or known before. My novel concept was presented within an exhibit at the 2017
ANA World's Fair of Money in Denver, Colorado. To put it mildly, my
novel concept went beyond comprehension for a few
individuals. Taking a step backwards, I wanted to understand why
this novel concept went over their heads. Hence, the creation of a very simplistic
way to explain this seemingly basic concept from a "Manufacturing
From a holistic and inquisitive perspective, "What
were the high-level manufacturing functions of the Bureau of the Mint from the
years 1958 through 1962?"
Breaking down and clarifying this question:
term "years 1958 through 1962" bounds the question to a specific time
period, that is, it focuses the context of the question to five specific years.
In other words, it bounds the question to an exact period of time.
term "high-level manufacturing functions of the Bureau of the Mint" also
bounds the question to only the activities of manufacturing. To take it a step
further, the sub-term "high-level" further clarifies the
manufacturing activities to be in the form of an abstract or general
The term " Bureau of the Mint" reiterates the bounding of the
question to the period of time from the past.
Answer to the question:
Instead of a long winded answer to the question. Two simplistic and self-explanatory graphics were required.
In the first graphic: The concept of the manufacturing triad of the Bureau of the Mint is shown. As a reminder, the period of focus are the years 1958 through 1962. The source of this manufacturing triad is self evident within the annual reports of the Director of the Mint during the years 1958 through 1962.
In the second graphic: Availability of numismatic information and issue authorization are identified for each branch of the triad. Of particular interest is the bottom branch labeled "Special Medals for U.S. Government Agencies" and the red text. The red text are the three primary points that separate this triad branch from the other two triad branches.
There are three prime U.S. Government agency examples in which "Special Medals for U.S. Government Agencies" were procured.
Obviously, the first example is the POTUS sGm series (The White House Office) of which I have been discussing in my previous blog entries. The second example is the Central Intelligence Agency medal series. The third example is the Department of Commerce medal series. These three U.S. Government agencies adheres to the red text of the second graphic (procurement, pattern of procurement form a unintentional medals series, and each issue required manufacturing authorization from the Director of the Mint).
In summary: With this small but interesting insight from my ongoing research, one can now see that there is truly is a knowledge gap on the third branch of the Manufacturing Triad of the Bureau of the Mint. There are now three identifiable special Government medal series that are part of U.S. numismatics. Thanks to the numismatic trail left by Mr. Gasparro's. I forgot to mention, that the placement of his FG initials are similarly located (under the right leg of the eagle) on the POTUS (Kennedy only), CIA and DoC sGms !
To Be Continued