This article was originally printed in Numismatic News.
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As one of his final acts before leaving office in January as Director of the United States Mint, Edmund Moy awarded the “Director’s Coin for Excellence” medal to a small number of individuals.
Among them were David C. Harper, editor of Numismatic News, and Miles Standish, vice president and senior grader of the Professional Coin Grading Service, a division of Collectors Universe, Inc.
“I’m grateful for your fair coverage of the Mint and myself during my tenure,” Moy wrote in a note to Harper. “Just about what I expect of a fellow Badger. Here’s my Coin for Excellence in apprectiation.”
The medal came as a surprise and honor to Harper.
“I returned from the World Money Fair in Berlin to find the medal and a nice note from the former Mint director in my mail. He thanked me for giving the Mint fair coverage. I would hope that this is every journalist’s intent, but if I am being given a medal for it, perhaps not.”
In recognizing Standish’s meritorious service to the coin collecting community, Moy wrote in an accompanying note: “In gratitude for all your help and support, I’d like you have the new Director’s Coin for Excellence.”
Standish said he also did not expect to receive the medal.
“This is a great honor for me as I have been told that the Director’s Coin for Excellence is usually reserved for heads of state and other political dignitaries. It was a pleasure to work with Director Moy when he was Mint Director, and I’m looking forward to working with him on possible numismatic projects in the future,” said Standish.
The 2¼ inch diameter, black and gold color medal depicts the U.S. Treasury Department seal on one side along with the words UNITED STATES MINT DIRECTOR’S COIN FOR EXCELLENCE. The other side features a motif of six raised stars and four banner stripes with the words TO BE RECOGNIZED AS THE FINEST MINT ORGANIZATION IN THE WORLD.
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