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25 Apr 2020

I Know What I Saw And It's Still What I Saw 1945 Error Medal

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Hi i hope everyone is.doing well. We will get through this. A few years ago i saw.a.set i liked. It was The Benjamin Franklin Coin And Currecy set. I liked it. Please there away were i cannot get to them. I followed up and bought each one. Of course i missed The Lincoln Chronicles Set. Which i piced up two years later. Well the mint decided to lower the mintage on a set and put a revers proof coin in it. Sold out in 12 minutes. They did all the presidents up to Kennedy im not sure on Johnson. Im sorry this is not my usual way to write a blog but all the sets are together rapped.in bubble.rap.
The set im writting about is the Franklin D. Roosevelt set. It had a reverse proof the Presidential Medal that every President gets at there Inauguration. Now i received the set and as soon as i saw it i saw somthing that caught my eye. The spelling of his name. Now look at the name Franklin. What do you see. You see what i saw. The i was on top of the letter L. No doubt about it. I called the mint i dont know why but i did. There is nothing wrong. I called his Library.
I spoke to a very nice woman who told me.that the medal wasnt there i said it has to be. She said i will look and get back to you. Thats the letter below.. She found it the medal was made by Mr. Sinnock (MO 1948.80.12). She admits yes i see it. It has be a stylization. I said why would they do that to a Presidents name. This is the biggest day of his life. Now she could not answer me. I had stumbled accorss a mistake on a medal of a President given to him on his first day as President.

No one wants to admitt this error. The mistake was made on the die they made the Presidential Medal. To late to do another. The one issued in the set is the same as the one in the libray. I checked all his medals none have this i on top of the letter L it makes it look like a U. Im sorry but that is a grave error to give to the President of the United States. Im sorry. The real kick is everyone sees it but no one will do anything about it. It will be that way forever. We gave a President an error medal on his day. Nothing is impossable. Stay well were your mask and gloves.. Thanks. Mike


PLEASE ENLARGE PICTURE SO YOU WILL SEE WHAT I SAW.

HIS NAME LOOKS LIKE FRANK UN!! SAME MEDAL THE PRESIDENT RECEIVED.

Comments

Numinerd9

Level 5

Interesting, Mike; thanks for posting this! It may have been an oversight by Sinnock when he was engraving this design, and perhaps the "I" was left out accidentally and this was saved by human spellchecking skills after the fact. But then again, we have to consider artistic license, as well as LongBeard's comment that I'm pretty sure was referring to the Franklin half dollar reverse, with the O in "oF" being in the lower-case. My guess is it was just the stylistic leanings of the artist, but we may never truly know with certainty, unless research indicates otherwise. -Sam Gelberd, ANA Numismatic Educator.

Mike

Level 7

He was not learning at this point. Thats why he was given the honor. He was a terrific scuptler so he made an error. Him and most of the desiginers. Whats the problem his name is Fran luk. It happens. I dont see why when some who is known finds one its an error. But a regular collector no way.

Longstrider

Level 6

On a second look at the medal, the letters are all almost touching the one next to them, somewhere. There does seem be a large space between the L and the N if you leave out the I. Not sure now. Fun blog...

Mike

Level 7

Thanks i asked them at the F.D.R. Library. While on the phone she said he might have been under the gun to get it done and simple put it were he only could. Makes.sence

Longstrider

Level 6

Your right Mokie. I can't believe I am believing wiki, so I looked elsewhere .He doesn't have a stylized I anywhere. Looks like Mike is correct. He misspelled the name and fixed it. Nice eyes Mike.

Long Beard

Level 5

I think the I over L was intentional as I've seen this somewhere else. Dealing with Benjamin Franklin? I'll have to research this.

Mokie

Level 6

I looked at a number of examples of Mr. Sinnock's medal output and did not find an example where he used this stylistic approach. I tend to believe it was a very clever repair of a mistake in engraving but look forward to any examples you can find to refute that belief.

"SUN"

Level 5

Interesting blog. You never know what might show up in this hobby.

Golfer

Level 5

Very interesting. I do see that and wonder why. Awesome thing to see. Never seen this before and find it very unusual. Thanks for sharing.

Mokie

Level 6

It looks like Mr. Sinnock made a mistake and attempted to correct it in a way that would allow him to keep the lettering he had already done. If you look at his medal for Nellie Tayloe Ross, he does execute a distinct i with proper period but the main body of the i looks like the same style of stroke he used to correct FDR's medal. So it is not an error per se, it appears to be a purposeful attempt to avoid the wholesale redoing of "FRANKLIN" after he realized his mistake but probably with a deadline he wanted to make. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nellie_Tayloe_Ross_medal.jpeg

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