I have not submitted any of my special Government medals (sGm) to NGC since there are no catalogs that lists them (body bag bait), however I did write a paper that was given a copyright. This paper is ongoing research and only represents a snapshot in time of my research. Before I took on this research project I was amazed that these medals were not catalog at all as these medals were struck by the US Mint in the late 1940s.
What is a special medal for U.S. Government agencies? Long story made short. It was found by cluster analysis as part of my research. All things manufactured by the US Mint clusters toward one of three manufacturing groups. As troubling at it may seem, no enacted US law (for the medals themselves) was required for special Government medals. US coin/medal laws places a set of requirements that the US Mint must adhere to (design elements, mintage, metal composition, issue dates, etc..).
However, there was an enacted US law that created the Honor Awards (redacted law identifier protects my ongoing research) for US Government agencies. The US Government agency was free to select the design, mintage, issue, metal, etc.... I have evidence that simple phone calls was used to up the mintage or stop pending designs.
Do you see Gilroy Robert's hallmark on the right at the base of the building ?
My research made a match with the medal's engraved date with the April 28, 1948 convocation date (from National Archive and Records Administration (NARA)). I also found the number issued at the first convocation (92 bronze). Most importantly I found the awardee!
You can readily get this Department of Interior medal. How about the rarer US Treasury special Government medal?
Reverse has the names of Adam Pietz (left) and JR Sinnock (right) at the bottom of the building. This is a 1972 convocation medal.
How rare is the Department of the Treasury honor awards? The Department Treasury was readily giving out a cash awards instead of medals..
Here are the low numbers for the first years of issue.
Once again, initial issue in the late 1940s.
Then again, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has a few special Government medals. Check out Frank Gasparro's initials.
Still not convince? Find Frank Gasparro's initials. FG has a habit of placing his initials between the tail and right talon (not shown is the reverse of the Kennedy half dollar series).
To be continued.