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Original 1998 Liberty Dollar (aka NORFED dollar)

This is related to Hawaii !!! NOTE: You can tell the writing style difference of an author's journal entry  by the subject matter. On one hand you get regurgitation of previously documented information or what one owns. It's OK, but not exciting or groundbreaking. On the other hand you get thought provoking or I did not know this with a dumbfoundedness result. I hope I'm in the later category. Bernard von NotHaus was one of the co-founders of The Hawaiian Mint, which evolved into the Royal Hawaiian Mint, and he got into a heap of trouble with the US Government with his National Organization For the Repeal of the Federal Reserve Act (NORFED) coinage and currency. As a Hawaiiana numismatist, I must cover all numismatic aspects related to the Hawaiian Islands. The original NORFED Liberty dollars is such a coin. It's listed in World Price Guide at the NGC website: https://www.ngccoin.com/price-guide/world/united-states-10-liberty-dollars-x-201-1998-cuid-1075971-duid-1633923 Waifs in Gold Boots, a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, was created by the Royal Hawaiian Mint to document their issues. This spreadsheet was in the public domain at one point. Anyway, listed in this spreadsheet are three design elements that tell the story of the 1998 NORFED Libery dollar. This is a must have reference for Hawaiiana numismatist. Note the mintage (column J) and other key numismatic information! The image below is a visual of my original research finding. (I used a silver specimen of the 1975 Kamehameha issue with the "EARTH" design) As you can plainly see, the incorporation of design elements to form the original 1998 NORFED Liberty dollar came from previous issues of the The Hawaiian Mint/Royal Hawaiian Mint. This research would make a splendid exhibit, along with the controversy of this first 1998 NORFED issue. I was in a state of dumbfoundedness when I first discovered this and the first to document this find in my personal blog a few years ago. Finally, the mintage of the 1998 Liberty Dollar X# 201 is 150 specimens (which is not documented anywhere , except in  Waifs in Gold Boots).  

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Kennedy Half Dollar Collectors Will Freakout

This is not a Hawaiian related entry.... In all accounts, the true precursor design of the reverse side of the Kennedy half dollar is from the Class 5 Kennedy President of the United States (POTUS) special Government medal (sGm). You have to remember that this Class 5 medal was struck while President Kennedy was still alive. The precursor proof is the placement of the designer's initial "FG" (Frank Gasparro) in a familiar position (see video at time 1:38). This was one of the most interesting historical facts I uncovered in my research.  

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The Third Official Manufacturing Function of the Bureau of the Mint/United States Mint

If you Google the term "special government medal" or "sGm" or "special medals for US government agencies" your search result relating to the Bureau of the Mint or United States Mint will be empty. However, if you search the term "POTUS sGm" you will get a hit to my website (discusses a particular type of "special government medal" of which I have ongoing research).

This empty search result  points out that these common terms  are  unused and uncommon term within the US numismatic community. However, if you review each of the  Annual Reports of the Director of the Mint (if you have the time) you will see this term is used often to describe a function of the Bureau of the Mint/United States Mint. What is a "special government medal (sGm)"?

The term "special medals for US government agencies" relates to the third official manufacturing function of the Bureau of the Mint/United States Mint.  The three blog images provides an introduction to this third official manufacturing function of the Bureau of the Mint/United States Mint.

The final image with the examples of "special government medals" drives the point of this blog entry. There is no numismatic work that identifies nor catalogs all  results from the third official manufacturing function of the Bureau of the Mint (or United States Mint). The final images also provides evidence of the connection between the Bureau of the Mint and multiple United States Government agencies with Frank Gasparro as the common thread as the designer of these three represented "special Government medals".  

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Vindicated - Grading/Encapsulation of Maui Coin Club medals

Back in the year 2014, I made an inquiry to NGC Support about the grading/encapsulation of medals listed in their listed numismatic bibliography titled  Hawaiian Money,  2nd Edition, by Medcalf and Russell.  My "coin club" medals were rejected (see images).       I now see that Hawaii related coin club medals (Maui coin Club and Hawaii State Numismatic Association (HSNA))are now being  graded! (see image below) Great!!! I made this video about a year ago related to my completed Maui Coin Club silver medal set. Enjoy!  

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Part 2: Kennedy Half Dollars Collectors Will Freakout

This is not a Hawaii related entry. The images of two pages below are from the US Mint (as you can see, Frank Gasparro has signed and dated the upper right on the first page). Item 1 and 2 in the document - Calls out US Mint's Presidential inaugural medal design (obverse and reverse) are to be used on the proposed half dollar.           Note: For proper visualization, I added a image of the reverse in this blog. The presidential seal is in a reduced state. Item 3 in the document - Frank Gasparro indicates he has previous experience with implementing the reverse design (presidential seal) Item 4 in the document (2nd page) - Explains his many experiences and techniques he implemented in the reverse design. Conclusion: There was no way that the US Mint's Presidential inaugural medal design was the primary source for the reverse design of the Kennedy half dollar (as many half dollar collectors believe). Frank Gasparro indicated that "This seal was the culmination of many experiences with the study and execution of the American eagle in medallic work", which means he worked on the presidential seal before as a primary design element. It just happens that the Class 5 Kennedy POTUS sGm has a large presidential seal with the placement of his "FG" initials similarly located (under the right leg of the eagle) on both the Class 5 Kennedy POTUS sGm and Kennedy half dollar.  And just to bring out another point, the US Mint's President Johnson inaugural medal design features another presidential seal by Frank Gasparro (this time his "FG" initials is above the right leg of the eagle).

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Alaska - Hawaii Statehood Uniface So Called Dollar

When I saw the Hawaii Uniface SCD HK-537 being offered for sale I jumped at the chance to own it. I've look hard and far to have one in my collection. This well known dealer convinced my to purchase the Alaska Uniface SCD HK-536 in order to keep them as a pair. It was good that I listened to him. These two medals are currently the only pair graded by NGC (or any other TPG company).

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US Numismatic Discovery Models (Part 1)

How can an entire US Mint series be discovered? I created six numismatic discovery models for a numismatic book I'm working on. The first three models explains the different types of US numismatic discoveries (these models can be tailored for specific area of US numismatics or non-US numismatics). I shared my first three models at my ANA blog (link below). www.money.org/collector/drdarryl/blog/us-numismatics-discovery-models-part-1-2 To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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US Numismatic Discovery Models (Part 2)

This is how a new US Mint series was discovered! www.money.org/collector/drdarryl/blog/us-numismatics-discovery-models-part-2 The image below is of the Class 2 series of the President of the United States special Government medal (POTUS sGm) series. Each POTUS sGm is presidential artifact (see link in my ANA blog). To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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Presidential Medal of Appreciation Eisenhower Class 1 Award

Acquired from a collector in France. The DVD of my Money Talks presentation at the 2015 ANA World's Fair of Money is available for borrowing from the ANA Library. The first book that cataloged this "lost" presidential medal series is ISBN 1511786744. The image is a composite of a snippet of my ANA presentation slide (lower portion) and of my latest acquisition from a collector in France. It's a remarkable acquisition in that it supports my original research findings (in my book) in that President Eisenhower awarded his "appreciatory medal" in France from September 2 - 4, 1959. My acquisition is a three-piece set with: original presidential envelope, card from President Eisenhower, and the President Eisenhower Class 1 medal (DDE-C1-02). The first intact set to be located and identified. Surviving mintage is 436 specimens (after President Eisenhower's end of 2nd term destruction of unused medals). DDE-C1-02 was issued in the Federal Republic of Germany, United Kingdom, and France from August 26, 1959 through September 7, 1959. NGC has previously graded this type of medal (I have a NGC MS65 specimen). To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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Re: Question on Grading a Hawaiian Medal

Still waiting for a reply... To make a long story short: 1. On 09/06/15 I asked about the grading and encapsulation of a silver Hawaiian medal. Two gold version were encapsulated by NGC and can be seen at the Ira & Larry Goldberg Sept. 7, 2009 auction.   2. I provided supporting documentation from an ANA Periodical (June 1960) that the silver version and gold version were designed and manufactured by Precious Medals Hawaii (original designer amd manufacturer). 3. This is the orginal NGC reply "Thanks for your question. At this time, NGC does not grade items minted by the Royal Hawaiian mint." 4. My rebuttal (I recommend that every save a copy of messages exchanged with NGC): 1) Medals shown are not a product of the Royal Hawaiian Mint. They are a product of Precious Medals Hawaii (PMH). PMH has no affiliation with the Royal Hawaiian Mint. The PMH hallmark can be plainly seen on the bottom reverse (on both the gold and silver medals) 2) The 1980 American Numismatic Association clipping provides an accurate pedigree of the original manufacturer, Precious Medals Hawaii. 3) Medals struck by Precious Medals Hawaii have been previously graded/encapsulated by NGC so these medal are not setting a precedence of being the first. 4) As shown ( Ira & Larry Goldberg Auctioneers catalog dated September 7, 2009), two Precious Medals Hawaii gold medals were graded/encapsulated by NGC. 5) I perceive a preferential treatment toward large auction houses in getting "esoteric" type medals graded/encapsulated with my example of the Ira & Larry Goldberg Auctioneers catalog dated September 7, 2009. Is this true? 6) NGC does grade several Royal Hawaiian Mint issues as identified by their Krause numbers as indicated in their book title Unusual World Coins. Was this recently changed? 7) Several medals listed in the Medcalf & Russell book, Hawaiian Money Second Edition, are in fact Royal Hawaiian Mint issues. If not all items listed in the Medcalf & Russell book do not qualify to be graded/encapsulated, I recommend that you put a note on your webpage that states this fact. 8) Was my original question actually forwarded to a grader that specializes with medals from Hawaii? 9) As a non-paying NGC member (I'm using my ANA membership to get items encapsulated/graded), I would like items 1 through 7Should I contact the ANA to notify them that clarification from their perspective Today is 11/7/2015 and I have not seen a updated reply to me. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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Hawaii the 49th State !

Not a typo... Today (August 21, 2015) is the anniversary of Hawaii Admission Day or Statehood Day. Hawaii is actually the 50th State. However, So-called dollar HK-722a claims Hawaii is the 49th State (sorry Alaska). See image. Most HK-722a are holded to obliterate this "49" design error (overzealous designer, manufacturer, and issuer). The image is an intact specimen I purchased last month. It's my submittal candidate for HK-722a top pop. NGC population is a mere 3 specimens with a top pop grade of MS 63. Even the major reference book So-Called Dollars by Harold E. Hibler and Charles V. Kappen has a holed specimen as a plate medal. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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What does COINWeek, The E-Sylum..., and the ANA have in common this week?

Newly documented Presidential Award medals ... Seems interest has been sparked with the release of my latest book: Authoritative Numismatic Reference: Presidential Medal of Appreciation Award Medals 1958-1963, ISBN 1511786744. Even the American Numismatic Association Facebook page has posted a link to the COINWeek write-up.... To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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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. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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Shot-Down Spy Plane Results in the Forced Destruction of Gold & Silver U.S. Mint Medals

Want to learn more? Yesterday, the American Numismatic Association confirmed that my submitted Money Talk topic was accepted for presentation at the upcoming ANA 2015 World's Fair of Money in Chicago! I'll be showing images of the gold & silver U.S. Mint medals that were forced to be destroyed (part of the U.S. Mint's "non-disclosure" series of medals). The main focus of my presentation is to present information about the U.S. Mint's "non-disclosure" series of medals. This U.S. Mint series has eluded being documented by U.S. numismatists and U.S. historians. The U.S. Mint has neither publicly disclosed general numismatic information nor provided any information whatsoever about this "non-disclosure" medal series that they designed and manufactured. I know exactly why it's a "non-disclosure" series and why the U.S. Mint is still keeping it under wraps . It will be explained and supporting evidence will be shared at the ANA 2015 World's Fair of Money in Chicago. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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Image Request by Smithsonian

Help requested... Aloha, I have a very busy blog website (TheHawaiianaNumismatist.com) and get many requests relating to Hawaii coins, medals, and tokens. I am tracking down a NGC point of contact for high resolution images for the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indians. (They have periodically held Hawaiian events and displayed Hawaiian culture items). They are seeking specific images of Kingdom of Hawaii coins. Contact me ASAP with NGC point of contact so that I can forward it to my Smithsonian contact or email for the Smithsonian contact email address. Message was also posted on the message board being monitored in ASK NGC.   Darryl

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A Helping Hand to Philippines Numismatists

Accurate mintage provided to Honeycutt H-525 & Basso B-898... See image. DDE-12 (medal in image) information taken from my book: The Dwight D. Eisenhower Appreciation Medals, ISBN 1495348229. The Philippines numismatic reference books cataloged the Eisenhower visit medal, but does not provide additional information. DDE-12 was struck by the US Mint in Philadelphia. Obverse and reverse designs by Frank Gasparro. Medal was used during President Eisenhower's trip to Taiwan, Philippines, and State of Alaska. Base on my research notes, roughly 225 medals were distributed in the Philippines. This is a very interesting US Mint medal series now that it has been uncovered after being hidden for over 5 decades. Standard US silver dollar planchets were used for the medal. Google "NGC Registry Eisenhower POTUS Appreciation Medals" to see more extractions from my book. Dr. Honeycutt was provided with my DDE-12 information and he indicated it will be included on his next book update. Medal in the image is in my personal collection. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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Security Breach of Your Website?

HTML is Not Working in ALL Registry Sets. I was about to review one of my Registry sets and found it in a code like state (not executing the inserted HTML codes). What's up? Seems someone disabled HTML in all registry set or your website experienced a security breach Please post a status (disabled on purpose or security breach). Please post a status (estimate time of repair or actions to recover from security breach). To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hau'oli Makahiki Hou (in the Hawaiian language)

Day 4 of 17 day vacation on East Coast, USA Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hau'oli Makahiki Hou = Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Unfortunately, I was not invited on Air Force One with the President and his family for the holidays in Hawai'i (also my home state). Speaking of Presidents, I did update the Dwight D. Eisenhower Wikipedia page (Legacy and memory section). 1) Added text about the history of the Eisenhower POTUS appreciation medals. 2) Added example images of an Eisenhower POTUS appreciation medals. 3) Added a link to my NGC Registry set on the Eisenhower POTUS appreciation medals. Has anyone actually embedded a Wikipedia link to the NGC Registry before? Type in "Wiki Eisenhower"in your search engine. The working link is also in the first Discuss on Chat Boards of this Journal entry. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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HTML Magic

Ugh..a table! http://goo.gl/VcIZ5o Copy and paste the above path I just completed adding a table to another custom set. Not as tough as I thought. I added some original US government images and information never presented to the public before. More work to be done.... To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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HTML Modification of my NGC Registry Set

Existing format was boring ... I looked at my custom set and saw an issue. The set listing looked like a webpage full of words without any formatting. I modified the set by: adding a video, adding paragraph headers, adding ordered list, adding url links, and modified the text (bold and italics). More work remains... To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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A Lady With a Question

US Mint series uncovered after over 5 decades of being hidden... I've been receiving many emails relating to family numismatic heirlooms as it relates to President Eisenhower appreciation medals. This is the most recent.       See the image for her question and my visual answer. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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Sale Akin to Hoard Dispersal

The Royal Hawaiian Mint (RHM) is commemorating its 40th anniversary by emptying its vaults. I first reported their sale of past issues (i.e. hoard dispersal) on September 12, 2014 at my website. These are originally struck issues and not re-strikes. On September 16, 2014, Coin World reported the 40th anniversary of the RHM and the availability of related commemorative issues. Coin World's write-up did not mention the sale of past issues.       Many of the RHM issues are available for NGC encapsulation/grading under its World Coin (Krause Publication) listing or Medcalf & Russell listing. An example of the Krause cross listing is provided at the end of this entry.       Hawaiiana numismatists (includes me) are ecstatic with the offerings and many issues have sold out quickly. Several offerings being released are private issues (not previously offered for sale) or difficult to acquire issues.       A sold out private issue example is the 1989 King Kalakaua Gold Hawaii State Numismatic Association (HSNA) medal (1/20 ounce, 13 mm, and .999 fine gold) with a mintage of 65. This medal is listed in Medcalf & Russell as 2M-200. RHM gold issues with miniscule mintage are tough to acquire.       Another offering of limited issue is the 1992 Waterhouse Commemorative. Only 50 bronze medals were issued. The following description was taken from the RHM website:       "The Waterhouse family dates back to John Thomas Waterhouse Sr. a Methodist missionary and his son, John Thomas Waterhouse Jr., who arrived in Hawaii with his father in 1851. John T. Waterhouse Jr. started the Waterhouse Trust Company, a financial firm dealing with real estate, brokerage, investments and insurance. He also served in the Legislature during the monarchy, the Provisional Government, the Republic of Hawaii and favored Hawaii's annexation to the United States. John T. Waterhouse issued the earliest known Hawaiian token in soft white metal with the bust of King Kamehameha III on the obverse and the name of his firm on the reverse with the Hawaiian inscription "hale maikai" that means "house excellent"- a good place to do business. The tokens circulated from 1855 to 1860. The Waterhouse name is still well known in Hawaii today, as descendants of John T. Waterhouse carry on the traditions of their early pioneer family with several business enterprises. In 1992, the Mint was honored to commemorate the 80th birthday of Alexander Cooke Waterhouse with gold, silver and bronze medals based on the original 1855 tokens issued by the Waterhouse Company of Honolulu."       The above mentioned original Waterhouse token maybe seen at: http://www.ngccoin.com/coin-explorer/hawaii-pscid-82/-coinid-765662       Also being offered are the Hawaii Dala series. This includes the rare 24KT gold relief issues. Of the 14 Hawaii Dala offerings, 9 have sold out as of today. (Note: Most have obtain major listing status in the Krause catalogs and are one of the most expensive offerings at the RHM website).       There are too many examples to provide. In all, eight issue groupings are being offered. These include: Original Issues, Royal Issues, Historic Issues, Military Issues, Contemporary Issues, Hawaii Dalas, Current Issues, and Private Issues.           A Krause Publication listing of Hawaii Dala X# MB70 is for the RHM issued 1991 Princess Kaiulani Silver Dala with First Day of Issue counter stamp.       http://www.ngccoin.com/price-guide/world/hawaii-dala-x-mb70-1991-cuid-140099-duid-348605       You will to need to peruse the Hawaii country listing in the Krause catalogs to locate the RHM issues.       I personally have made multiple purchases. Of the 13 items I've ordered, 7 are now sold out. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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Hawaii X# MB60 Gold Princess Kaiulani Akahi Crown

A beautiful coin in my collection. This is its NGC World Coin Price Guide listing:       http://www.ngccoin.com/price-guide/world/hawaii-ounce-akahi-1-crown-x-mb60-1991-cuid-136315-duid-339316       Hawaii X# MB60 was issued in 1991 with a documented mintage of 55 specimens. The Princess Kaiulani Akahi Crown is 1 ounce of 0.999 fine gold and an uncirculated striking (identifiable by the number 1 (for 1 ounce) on the reverse).       This is one of the most iconic designs created by the Royal Hawaiian Mint.       Listed in the following Krause Publications as Hawaii X# MB60:       1. Unusual Word Coins, 6th edition, 2011   2. Standard Catalog of World Gold Coins, 6th edition, 2009           Unusual Word Coins, 6th edition, 2011 currently reflects a value of $1950 (based on gold spot of $1500 at time of valuation in 2011). This was $450 above gold spot price at the time (indicating it was not simply based on spot gold). This valuation corresponds with the current NGC World Price Guide.       The image is of a specimen in my collection that I plan to get NGC encapsulated/graded in the near future. You have to admire the frosted cameo on proof fields. And this is an uncirculated striking! To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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