The 1977 Presidential Medal of Freedom to Joe Dimaggio
Offered by eMedals is the Presidential Medal of Freedom - Awarded in Distinction to Joseph Paul Dimaggio as presented by President Gerald Ford on January 10th 1977. The highest civilian honour of the United States, this award stands as an iconic measure of American culture, its values, and represents an important piece of American 20th Century history. Recipients of this illustrious award, as nominated by the President, embody progression, innovation, and have throughout their lifetime contributed to the advancement of American values and wellbeing. Included in the offering are the following elements; Badge (bronze gilt and enamels, 50.8 mm, on a full-length sash with badge resting on a rosette); Breast Star (bronze gilt and enamels, engraved "JOSEPH PAUL DiMAGGGIO 1.10.77" on the reverse, 79 mm x 83 mm, triple push pin points); Miniature (bronze gilt and enamels, marked "D-56" and engraved "JOSEPH PAUL DiMAGGGIO 1.10.77" on the reverse, 23.7 mm x 24.5 mm, bronze gilt eagle clasp on the ribbon, pinback); Ribbon Bar (10 mm x 36 mm, bronze gilt eagle clasp attached, pinback); and Eagle Pin on Ribbon (bronze gilt, 8 mm x 16 mm, push pin). Near mint. In its mahogany presentation case of issue, "Joseph DiMaggio" name plate above a silvered Presidential coat-of-arms embedded on the lid, 193 mm x 323 mm x 61 mm, case near extremely fine. Accompanied by The Presidential Medal of Freedom Award Document, named to "Joseph Paul DiMaggio", inscribed "Superb athlete, coach, author and businessman, Joe DiMaggio stands tall among the ranks of genuine American heroes. Known and revered around the world as the "Yankee Clipper", he contributed many years of style and splendid ability to the sport which has come to be known as our national pastime. His character and grace, both on and off the playing field have been a continuing source of inspiration to Americans of all ages.", dated at The White House, Washington, D.C., January 10, 1977, signed by Gerald R. Ford, 38th President of the United States, in gold and black inks on a thick card stock, 277 mm x 352 mm, in its hardcovered presentation folder), one Photograph of President Ford Presenting DiMaggio with his Award and Document in the White House Ceremony (black and white, gloss finish, 176 mm x 253 mm), six Reproduction Photographs (five of DiMaggio during his WWII United States Army Air Forces service, where he rose to the rank of Sergeant, plus one other, black and white on card stock, matte finish, 216 mm x 279 mm each) and Time Magazine Cover (dated July 13, 1936, 203 mm x 285 mm, tear evident at the right centre, tattered edges).