Handed out by President Eisenhower himself!
I started research about the Eisenhower appreciation medals and would like to share current findings from correspondences between the White House, US Treasury Department, and the US Mint in Philadelphia.
Printed numismatic documentation of this medal and medal series is sparse.
I would appreciate any information/images that can be shared with me in completing my research.
The significance of this medal are:
1. It was ordered by the White House and executed by the US Treasury department.
2. It was struck at the US Mint in Philadelphia.
3. Frank Gasparro provided drawings of the design.
4. First US Mint product to bear the State of Hawaii as a design element.
5. This is 1 of 14 silver dollar size medal ordered by the White House in 1960.
The NGC coin in the picture is in my personal collection.
I call it "The Hawaiian Ike". Also "One of the Original Ikes".
Research is for either a booklet, pamphlet, or article for publication.
I started a catalog listing of this particular medal series. Below is the "Hawaiian Ike":
DDE-T3-06 1960 US Silver Dollar Size
Obverse: Two flaming torches with 13 star border with text "WITH APPRECIATION FROM" and Dwight D. Eisenhower (facsimile signature)
Reverse: Text centered "HAWAII JUNE 1960" with border that represents compass points. Medium sized star on each side of JUNE.
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