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  1. Presidential Numismatic Artifacts (aka PNAs) with ties to President John F. Kennedy are limited to a single issue (based on current research). However, the backstory of how original recipients were awarded the medal is interesting to say the least. The Jack Medal. The original recipient of this medal was in the US Embassy in Dublin, Ireland when he received this presentation piece. A letter of provenance was initiated with his widow when the purchase was made. The original recipient was employed by the Department of State. His obituary was located and is shown. Items redacted are for pr
  2. Presidential Numismatic Artifacts (aka PNAs) is a term that I coined that classifies a group of US Mint coins and medals gifted by or awarded by a sitting US President or through his direction. How does one prove the presidential connection of a US Mint coin or medal? The answer is with proper research and documentation. This journal entry presents PNAs from President Dwight D. Eisenhower (there are three other modern US Presidents). The image below is of half dollar sized medal that was part of a 1959 presentation set (medal, card and envelope). My research indicates that only 91 presen
  3. https://money.org/collector/drdarryl/blog/the-unsung-first-day-issues The Unsung First Day Issues blog at the ANA
  4. Now wait a minute...I have a 1964-P (Philadelphia) Kennedy half dollar that was gifted by President Lyndon B. Johnson. His letter reflects the date of March 24, 1964. Does this mean I have in my possession a Philadelphia FDI version? I wrote a journal a few days ago on this coin. https://www.ngccoin.com/boards/blogs/entry/11571-what-about-my-1964-p-kennedy-half-dollar-first-day-issue/
  5. Checking the verification of the MS 65 FDI yields a population of 136 at MS 65 and 4 graded higher. Can it be assumed the remaining 1,860 are graded MS 64 and lower? Checking the verification results of the Choice BU FDI yields "In 63:0" and "In higher Grades:140".
  6. Yes, you can't trust a riffraff waving a single copyright paper. The best picture below is the letter from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library (the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library also has a copy of the blue book). Thank you very much, I have a published book in two Presidential Libraries. My next goal is to increase it by one (targeting to add the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library) with my next book. The second best picture is an email snippet from John Dean (numismatic author of the book National Commemorative Medals of the U.S. Mint). All other images are related to Speci
  7. You just have to love the American Bison design. These are currently all the Department of Interior honor medal types. The catalog designation are my doing. C=Class. The two on the right are in gold.
  8. Yeah! The 1964-D FDI Kennedy half dollars graded by NGC has a population of 2000. My lonely 1964-P FDI Kennedy half dollar deserves to be graded and attributed as a FDI as I have a President Johnson letter! I purchased this gift set from the Congressman's estate. I also have a provenance letter (not shown) showing the full-chain of legal ownership (Congressman (estate) to DrDarryl). 1. The date on the letter is the FDI. 2. The text of the letter states "...among the first...". 3. Signature of LBJ 4. The White House stationary and envelope. I did ask the estate wh
  9. 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
  10. I had a box of medals and coins when I entered the PA Convention Center. I just drove in from out of state. To my dismay the NGC booth was packing it up. If one advertises attendance to the 18th, does it means closing shop by 11:15 am on August 18th? Whatever excuse is presented, the other TPGs was their at least until 3:30 pm. I should have a job at which I can call it a day before 12 noon. Yep, they ( the NGC employees) were taping boxes, banner was down, all forms pulled from the table tops. And yes, the doors were opened by 9:00am on August 18th according to the official ANA sch
  11. DrDarryl

    Hawaii Top Pops !

    I'm estatic that I received two top pops in a single NGC submittal. Prooflike Hk-721 is great! Hawaii the 49th state is even greater! The HK book has a holed specimen, this HK-722A has the "49" intact.
  12. I'm patiently waiting for the return of my March 2018 submittal. This is my first public mention of this delay. Let's see....March 23 (submitted at the Whitman Baltimore Spring Expo) , April, May, June, July, and now August (23rd is 5 days away). Hoping to set a record for longest turn-around time in NGC history. Anyone know what it is? At least I can claim a "received" status of 5 months (in few days), my personal best... Customer service was contacted in late July. I beleive my submital clock was reset then. If this is the case, I'm hoping for a Thanksgiving 2018 completion date. Act
  13. I'm not making it up when I say I created the "Manufacturing Triad of the U.S. Mint" through cluster analysis. I'm not sure how U.S. coin and U.S. medal experts missed this for seven decades (70 years). I've been blogging about this creation/discovery at my ANA blog (search DrDarryl). More importantly, four new U.S. Mint medal series have been created/discovered based on the Manufacturing Triad of the U.S. Mint. What is the Manufacturing Triad of the U.S. Mint? The U.S. Mint operates with three manufactoring functions. The U.S. collector community thrives on the first two manufa
  14. This is a remarkable specimen with an unbroken chain-of-ownership (President Johnson-to-Congressman Stephens-to-DrDarryl). As you can see the number of "-to-" is two ! (I have two degrees of separation from President Johnson with this piece). Not to worry, I made sure that the estate of Congressman Stephens provided me with a letter of provenance with each of the owners identified (including me as the current owner). Note the date on the letter (first date of issue Kennedy half dollar) and the text (among the first). Not to mention President Johnson's signature on a White House lette
  15. FYI-My submissions are Early Bird/Standard.