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If it's related to Hawaii, I will share it with you !

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Online Token Catalog

An excellent token catalog website to contribute, learn from or use as reference ... I was web surfing a few weeks ago for online Hawaii token references and found a token catalog website. I booked marked the website for future exploration. Tokens at the website are listed by state. The website also lists tokens by country. How I used it for a reference....In the September 2012 issue of The Numismatist, page 42, article on Hawaii's Railroad Tokens, has a photograph on 1 of 3 known examples o

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09/02/2012

 

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 R

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04/08/2017

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11/29/2017

Coin Sleuth

A story of finding a coin's pedigree by accident... After purchasing a highly prized "Mid-Pacific Aloha Carnival Dollar" that depicts the great Hawaiian Olympian "Duke Kahanamoku" (So called dollar HK-721/Medcalf & Russell 2M-329) for my "Territory of Hawaii Souvenir" collection, I did an online search for similar coin in circulated condition. The coin is not dated, but the Mid-Pacific Carnival was held in 1914 in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii. A rare "Dukie" in uncirculated condition i

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03/24/2012

Numismatic Detective - The Remember Pearl Harbor Pocket Coins

Here come my Japanese Zeros! There still is a lack of correct information about the "Remember Pearl Harbor" coins. These coins: 2M-379 (Copper); 2M-380 (Copper "Pat. Pending"); 2M-381 (Nickel) and 2M-382 (Sterling Silver), as identified in the Hawaiian Money Standard Catalog, 2nd Edition by Medcalf and Russell, 1991). The documented mintage: 2M-379/2M-380 10,000 minted 2M-381 5,000 minted 2M-382 Unknown minted A check of four reference books verifies the 10,000 and 5,000

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07/28/2012

 

Alternate Reality or Just a Blunder

Perhaps a  new numismatic collecting category is required? Blunder collecting... As it can be explained, a few intact specimens slipped by the manufacturer who eagerly holed-out the "49" as to remove the obvious timing blunder as Alaska became the  49th state. This is not an error. It's an unfortunate timing of the Alaska statehood event when this SCD was struck. Actually, SCD HK-722A can be claimed as a specimen from the Territory of Hawaii period (and while the US had only 48 states)

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04/01/2017

An Original Ike from the US Mint (1960)

Handed out by President Eisenhower himself! I started research about the Eisenhower appreciation medals and would like to share current findings from correspondences between the White House, US Treasury Department, and the US Mint in Philadelphia. Printed numismatic documentation of this medal and medal series is sparse. I would appreciate any information/images that can be shared with me in completing my research. The significance of this medal are: 1. It was ordered by the White H

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07/21/2013

Remember Pearl Harbor

A pair of medals to remember the attack on Pearl Harbor... I picked both of these medals from an auction site dealing with WWII memorabilia. I was amazed that I actually found these medals at a non-numismatic auction. Listed as 2M-380 (copper, mintage 10,000) and 2M-381 (nickel, mintage 5,000) in Hawaiian Money, 2nd edition by Medcalf and Russell. The holed nickel medal is a filler at the moment. It's interesting that a Japanese Zero is the main design feature. The medals are also listed in

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05/26/2012

Numismatic Detective - Undated Honolulu Carnival Dollar

HK-721 features an Olympic gold medalist Information on the so called dollar HK-721 is bear to locate. Identified as the "Honolulu (Aloha) Carnival Dollar" and given an R-5 rarity (estimated that less than 200 known). Date of mintage is unknown. A good starting point was researching the "Mid-Pacific Carnival" (MPC). I found posters and post cards that indicated the carnival series lasted from 1910 through 1917. My focal point was the year 1914 as the HK-721 "surf rider" bears the resemblanc

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08/08/2012

 

Unlisted So Called Dollar Variety: HK-723 "Star without Rays" ...Souvenir of Honolulu

Undocumented variety in So-Called Dollars by Hibler and Kappen. It has been a while since I posted a journal entry. I finally purchased a HK-723 "star without rays" variety. This variety is unlisted in So-Called Dollars by Hibler and Kappen. However, its listed in Hawaiian Money Standard Catalog. 2M-393 is the "star without rays" variety and 2M-394 is the "star with rays". The "with rays" and "without rays" are not minor varieties. There is one more difference. The "star with rays" we

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05/18/2014

I Attended a Local Coin Show While Vacationing in Hawaii

Purchased a few Hawaiian Beauties Yesterday, I took my father and son (they both reside on the island of Oahu) to a local coin show in Hawaii. The event was listed at the Hawaii State Numismatic Association web page. A limited number of dealers were present. Don Medcalf (co-author of the book, Hawaiian Money, Standard Catalog, ISBN: 0962326305) had a table and I purchased a few Hawaiian medals from him. He invited me to visit his coin shop to look at his inventory. I will...later on during

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11/18/2012

 

Wow 1895 Hawaiian Reginald Huth Gold

An auction with rare Hawaiian coin ... Forsythe Collection I enjoy reading auction descriptions. Many of the high end auction companies really do their research to describe and point out the coin's or medal's rarity. This is especially true for the extreme rare Hawaii pieces. The example I recently seen is the 1895 Regina Huth $20 Gold of Princess Kaiulani (Lot 1880). There are also any other rarities in this auction. They are part of the upcoming May Pre-Long Beach Auction held by Ira and

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04/29/2012

Numismatic Detective -1959 Official Hawaii Statehood Silver Medal

Happy 53rd Statehood Anniversary (August 21, 1959) Hawaii! Another investigation.... The Numismatist, May 1960 provides an ad with the details on the initial limited sterling striking of 2,500 serially numbered high relief Hawaii Statehood medals. There are two varieties documented (Medcalf & Russell) and is based on the spelling of the island of Niihau on the obverse. Variety 2MS-2a was struck first with the NII HAU spelling error (space between the I and H). Variety 2MS-2 was struck

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08/13/2012

Update: The Kennedy Appreciation Medal

Medal with a Presidential provenance... Updated 06/28/2014 The Kennedy Appreciation Medal was struck in 1962. Only 300 were minted at the US Mint in Philadelphia. The medal was first used in 1963 during Kennedy's trip to Ireland. I am still performing research on the Kennedy appreciation medal. If you have any original source information (US Mint or White House) or good leads, I would greatly appreciate it. To the best of my knowledge, only one catalog reference (K-62-1) is made (The Me

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06/22/2014

Numismatic Detective - Hula Dancer and the Jet

Hula girl provides a visual dance that dramatizes or portrays words ... the jet provides travel... The medal of interest in this journal entry is called the Hawaiian Eye Fogal. Not much information is documented on the Hawaiian Eye Fogal medals, Medcalf & Russell 2M-128 (silver-nickel) and 2M-129 (antique bronze). These medals are unique in that it houses a miniature eye-piece that functions as a magnifying glass. Based on physical inspection of specimens I acquired, weight is 26 grams

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01/31/2013

Inadvertent NGC Body Bags

My Pearl Harbor Casualties circa 12/12/12 While on my Hawaiian vacation, I was dismayed in learning that three of my 1941 Remember Pearl Harbor medals from my NCS/NGC submittal were flagged as "Ineligible Type" (class of coin, medal or token that NGC does not certify). Wait ... what do you mean they are "Ineligible Type"? After I arrived back to the east coast, I sent an email to NGC to explain to me which specific items in the Medcalf & Russell reference book (Hawaiian Money Standard

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12/12/2012

Rare Uniface 1959 Official Hawaii Statehood Medal

Only 30 of these fully struck uniface medals are documented to have been struck Notice the NII HAU spelling error... Notice the bright bronze surface (oxidized in later stage of production)... Notice the excessive outward flow of medal (trimmed in later stage of production)... To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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02/22/2013

NGC Coin Details - Slick Smartphone App

Fun with my smartphone ... Even scans a barcode image on a laptop screen The "NGC Coin Details" smartphone app is a wonderful certification verification tool (used on my Samsung GALAXY S III). The barcode scanner is terrific (saves time from manually typing in the lengthy NGC certification number). I checked out many of my NGC encapsulated coins within my collection today and was very impressed. Most did not display an image of the actual coin, but did verify its certification. On a whim,

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12/16/2012

Interstate H-3 Coin

What? An interstate highway in Hawaii... A relative gifted this race coin to me a few years back. She volunteered at the 1997 Great Trans Koolau Trek and was awarded this coin. I recently did some research on it and its mintage is 460 (information from http://www.royalhawaiianmint.com/database.htm) H-3 is one of the most expensive interstate highways built. It cost $80 million dollars per mile 0(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interstate_H-3) I made this video last year while traveling on par

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05/19/2012

Numismatic Detective -- Father of Modern Surfing

Surfs up dudes/dudettes... The book Hawaiian Money: Standard Catalog "Second Edition" by Medcalf and Russell is the so-called "bible" for Hawaii numismatics. However, as a generalized catalog there numerous examples in which specific details are simply missing. This is a source of intrigue for me (filling in the holes in numismatic references). In this journal entry are the results of researching medal 2M-225 (page 115 of Hawaiian Money) also known as the Duke Paoa Kahanamoku -- Father of Mo

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02/10/2013

A "66" for my "26"

My NCS conservation results ... Fee to conserve my 1959 Hawaii Statehood medal was $21. Shipping back to me was an additional $19.70. NGC grading fee was set at $42 which included an oversize holder fee. As for the results, my medal (serial number 26) graded MS 66 and is now residue free! I am well pleased with the service provided by both NCS and NGC. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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04/12/2012

 

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 N

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10/19/2014

 

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. Min

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07/02/2015

I Was There!

I see a need for a Ceremony Release designation for coins/medals obtained at an US Mint coin/medal release day ceremony. Why? Because I was there! I was not there 30-days after the fact (designation criteria for Early or First Release labels). I was in attendance to support the celebration of the Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coin Release Day ceremony at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore Maryland at 11:00 am on the morning of March 5, 2012. The ceremony wa

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03/07/2012

Numismatic Detective -- 1891 US Patent Centennial Medal

I should incorporate the words "Numismatic Detective" in a parody song in the style of the original song by Elvis Costello "Watching the Detectives" Earlier last week I submitted paperwork to my lawyer for a US Patent filing. Within days, I was contacted with news that a US Provisional Patent application was officially filed under my name with my invention at the US Patent & Trademark Office in Washington DC. This was my second ever US patent filing. Curious in tying my work (I'm an engi

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10/01/2012

Territory of Hawaii !

Kingdom of Hawaii->Republic of Hawaii->Territory of Hawaii->State of Hawaii Finally, updated my "Territory of Hawaii Souvenir Pieces" custom set with pictures. The pictures are of raw coins I have secured in which I want NGC grading and encapsulation. http://coins.www.collectors-society.com/wcm/CoinCustomSetGallery.aspx?s=8347 I'm holding out my entire submission until I locate a non-holed version of the 2M-381. This is one tough medal to locate... Picture below illustrates my

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07/08/2012