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16 Jun 2017

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

Exonumia | DrDarryl

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".
 

Comments

user_7180

Level 5

Thanks for the story and the history.

user_7579

Level 4

Thank you very much for this info.

Conan Barbarian

Level 5

great blog

CoinLady

Level 6

Many collectors may not be aware of this. Careful readings of documents may turn up surprises. Thanks for this.

Mike

Level 7

Very well done thanks for sharing your work with us. Mike

"SUN"

Level 6

Very informative, enjoyed the blog!

user_9073

Level 5

Thanks for the blog with images. You are right. This is little known among numismatists. I didn't know. And I learned something.

Longstrider

Level 6

Nicely done! I did the search you suggested. Your website is outstanding. Thanks for your work!

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