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    1963 Assay Commission Archive

    1963 Assay Commission Medal. MS65 Uncertified. Julian AC-107, R.6. Silver, 57 mm., 2,055 grains. James Madison Hunnicutt, Jr., served on the 1963 Assay Commission. He was chairman of the Committee on Assaying. Now a 50 year ANA member, he served with such numismatic notables as Matthew Rothert, Elston Bradfield, Mrs. Oscar Dodson, and Leonard Stark. Hunnicutt was nominated by Senator Albert Gore, Sr. At the time he served as general manager of the Nashville Parking Board. Perhaps a one of a kind archive, the Hunnicutt Collection contains several items that are seldom seen on an individual basis. The following inventory of individual items is presented in approximate chronological order:
    1. John F. Kennedy. Western Union Telegram, dated February 7, 1963. "I shall shortly sign your commission appointing you a member of the Annual Assay Commission. It gives me a great deal of pleasure to do this, and I want at the same time to send you this message to tell you how delighted I am that you are going to be able to serve."
    2. The Nashville Tennessean newspaper article and photograph, published February 8, 1963. "Hunnicutt's 1-Day Job Payless."
    3. Assay Commission Appointment Certificate, dated February 13, 1963. The approximately 11" x 14" certificate is hand-signed, probably a secretarial signature on behalf of President Kennedy.
    4. Time Table for the 1963 U.S. Assay Commission. Notes in Hunnicutt's hand are written on the Time Table form. Other blank forms are included.
    5. Name sign for Mr. Hunnicutt.
    6. 1963 Proof Set with envelope signed by Mint Director Eva Adams. Each coin is a wonderful Gem or finer specimen, most with bold cameo contrast.
    7. Bureau of the Mint. Annual Assay Commission, 1963. This 15 chapter book provides detailed information necessary to conduct the assay work. Proceedings of the 1962 Assay Commission are included.
    8. Philadelphia Inquirer photograph published February 14, 1963. Shown are Michael H. Sura, Eva Adams, and Matthew Rothert, with a tote bin of coins reserved for the assay.
    9. Michael H. Sura Letter Dated March 11, 1963. A reply to Hunnicutt's letter to Sura thanking him and his staff for their courtesy during his visit.
    10a. Proceedings of the Annual Assay Commission, 1963. The report tells the findings of the commission and its various committees.
    10b. Eva Adams, Cover Letter Dated March 20, 1963. The letter from Eva Adams, and signed by her, transmitted the proceedings book.
    11. 1963 Assay Commission Silver Medal, case, and box. Silver. 57 mm. 2,055 grains. The obverse depicts Treasury Secretary C. Douglas Dillon. The reverse shows a scene of Assay Commission members. J. MADISON HUNNICUTT, JR. is inscribed on the edge. The medal is pristine with antique gray surfaces. The outer box is signed by Gilroy Roberts who designed the obverse, and Frank Gasparro who designed the reverse.
    12. Mint Director. Annual Report of the Director of the Mint, Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 1963. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1964.
    13. Pessolano-Filos, Francis. The Assay Medals and The Assay Commissions, 1841-1977. New York: Eros Publishing Company, 1983. Page 254 incorrectly identifies Hunnicutt as the Chairman of the Commission, a post held by Matthew Rothert.
    14. Julian, R.W. and Ernest E. Keusch. Medals of the United States Assay Commission, 1860-1977. Lake Mary, FL: The Token and Medal Society, Inc., 1989.


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