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Eisenhower Class 2 Presidential Award Medals



Numismatic research sharing time....

My book launch was a few days ago. Image is of the eight Eisenhower Class 2 award medals (I established 5 Classes in my book). By far the Class 2 medals are my favorite as they are the same size, composition, and weight as a U.S. Morgan silver dollar. These medals were struck by the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia.

NGC previously graded and encapsulated my DDE-C2-07 (1960 Eisenhower State of Hawai'i Visit Award Medal).

Let me remind you that these are not commemorative medals (struck after President Eisenhower left office). These are actual medals awarded by a sitting President of the United States during his tenure in office. The end of second term event ensured (mention later) ensured that all unused medals were destroyed after President Eisenhower left office.

The medal's reverse design indicates where President Eisenhower awarded his medal, with a few exceptions.

South America includes: Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. I actually repatriated one medal from a Uruguay collector this year.

June 1960 includes: State of Alaska, Philippines, and Formosa (Taiwan).

Summit Paris is actually a conference event that collapsed.

Newport is for Newport, Rhode Island. This is President Eisenhower's Summer White House location.

Technically, President Eisenhower cancelled his trip to Japan due to the "Hagerty Incident". White House Press Secretary James Hagerty had to be rescued by a U.S. Marine helicopter after his motorcade was mobbed by anti-American protesters (opposed the amended Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan). Only 500 medals were struck with 90 that survived the Eisenhower end of 2nd term medal destruction event.

Historically, these medals are intriguing. More importantly, my completed research documented general numismatic information for the first time for the entire 22 presidential award medal series.

The Eisenhower Class 2 award medals are my favorite from the 5 Classes.


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