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

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Looking for a Thick Low Volcano !

Hopefully this should ERUPT with a search ... I've been reviewing my previous blog entries at my own website (not here to promote it) and would like to engage the members here to search or locate a possible non-existent So Called 50 Cent (SC50C) variety.       Back in March 2013, I documented the existence of a low volcano and high volcano variety for the 1959 Silver SC50C Hawaii Statehood Heraldic Art Medal at my website.       I'm in search of a specimen to disprove a theory. I'm l

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10/18/2014

My Latest Acquisition

A Matching Pair of Top Pops! Only 11 Alaska-Hawaii uniface pairs were struck...       This is the only pair encapsulated and graded by NGC.       Both were originally part of the Harold E. Hibler collection (author of the reference book: So-Called Dollars by Harold E. Hibler and Charles V. Kappen). Sold as part of the Ostheimer Collection back in January 2011.       The Alaska uniface is the plate coin in the Hibler-Kappen 2nd edition book.       Both are great additions t

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10/18/2014

Possible Candidates for Inclusion in the HK So Called Dollar Reference Book

I would be really impressed if it's included in the book's update! I've initiated discussion (at a So Called Dollar (SCD) discussion website) about the inclusion of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Appreciation Medals in the update to the Hibler-Kappen book.       No previous references or documentation has been available on this entire medal series. I performed research on the Eisenhower appreciation medals and documented my research findings in a book that was released back in February 2014.

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10/18/2014

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

 

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

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Appreciation Medals

Medals with Presidential provenance... I finished writing my first numismatic book (the name of the book is the same as the title of this journal entry). The book is based on documents from the White House, US Treasury Department, and US Mint in Philadelphia. These documents were part of a working file belonging to a top military aide on President Eisenhower's White House Staff. The file was kept by the military aide. After his death, all his papers was passed to his son. After the son passed,

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02/05/2014

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

The Hawaiiana Numismatist

Book writing is fun... I've been busy (up coming engineering presentations and numismatic book writing project) to write any journal entries at this website. I took on a side project to write a book called The Hawaiiana Numismatist. For those who don't know, the current Hawaiian numismatic reference book (I don't want to mention the name), have been perpetuating a string of errors and inaccuracies. What motivated me in this action is that NGC replied to an inquiry I made about a medal str

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03/16/2013

Boom

The Resolution The intent of my rant was to bring to light issues that should not be repeated to anyone in the NGC customer base. Notice the term I used was NGC customer base as it affects all of you... I advocated the following during my phone conversation with NGC and these items are to be followed up on. Again, this is what I advocated from my talking points written on my writing pad...   1. To prevent misidentified ineligibility: Create a NCS/NGC policy for collaborating on eligibilit

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02/26/2013

Boom

The Resolution The intent of my rant was to bring to light issues that should not be repeated to anyone in the NGC customer base. Notice the term I used was NGC customer base as it affects all of you... I advocated the following during my phone conversation with NGC and these items are to be followed up on. Again, this is what I advocated from my talking points on my writing pad...   1. To prevent misidentified ineligibility: Create a NCS/NGC policy for collaborating on eligibility/ineli

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02/25/2013

Numismatic Detective - The Hula Dancer and the Changing Volcano

I was observing the hula dancer then ...WAM BAM As I was checking my hoard of Hawaii Statehood SC50C (aka 2MS-4 and 2MS-5, as defined in the NGC sanctioned and approved referenced book, Hawaiian Money Standard Catalog) I made a discovery. I was performing a NGC 68 to NGC 68 comparison to improve my grading ability (I was also comparing my NGC 66 and 67). WAM BAM, it hit me. I saw a shifting volcano. As the pictures indicates. Focus on the hula dancer's head. Then look at the volc

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02/24/2013

Nerd of a Coin

Symbolism Can you decode these symbolisms? To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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02/23/2013

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

Numismatic Detective - New Discovery Hawaiian Style

New metals for a medal.... Not many are aware that the Hawaiian Memories medals (as listed in the Hawaiian Money Standard Catalog by Medcalf & Russell) come in two additional metals (bright bronze and antique bronze).... I made this discovery recently.... To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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02/12/2013

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

Patience is a good thing ... Part 2

Day 85 and counting ... My previous update on this topic was made on day 72 (read my earlier journal entry titled: "Patience is a good thing"). Another 13 days have since passed. Once again, the saga of my three raw medals on the path to "certificationhood" continues. I believed (and hoped) that this saga would have ended today. I picked up my registered mail (from NGC) at the US Post Office and inspected its contents. The three medals (along with twelve others) made the trip back

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02/01/2013

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

Meaning of the Numismatic Detective Title

I don't want to regurgitate so I must create! I use the heading "Numismatic Detective" with the condition that what I document is new information that I created, derived or is missing in numismatic reference books or periodicals. I try not to "regurgitate" all my information that was previously documented by other numismatic sources. Why? I was once given an example by a professor. Three college students were given a blank piece of paper and told to take notes during the guest lecture. The f

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01/26/2013

Patience is a good thing ...

Day 72 and counting... I'm not complaining or wish any ill will on anyone on the NCS and NGC staff... On November 8, 2012 NCS received 4 medals on invoice 5413920. Medals were conserved and shipped to NGC. On December 5, 2012, NGC declared the medals as ineligible type. An email was sent to NGC asking for the reason why the ineligible status was assigned. December 10, 2012, NGC replied indicated it was an error for declaring the items as ineligible. I was told that the medals were s

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01/23/2013

Dirty Hawaiian Beauty is Really Dirty in More Ways Than One

Packed up my next 5 item submittal. Bumps up my total to 16 items in the queue at NCS/NGC. I was filling out my NCS submittal form and reviewing both the Medcalf & Russell and Hibler & Kappen reference books to correctly describe/identify each coin entered on the form. Upon reading the HK-723 description I became curious. The words "...except obvious die variety." was an invitation to compare my HK-722 against my HK-723. I looked at each medal individually with my loupe. I then d

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01/18/2013

Dirty Hawaiian Beauty Bounced into My Grasp

NGC census reflects a total population of 2 for the entire coin series... I've been looking hard and long to acquire this coin... I purchased a raw Undated Hawaii HK-722A so called dollar. She looks a bit scruffy, but hopefully NCS can work their eye appeal miracle for me. Hibler & Kappenan assigned a R-6 Fuld rarity scale to this coin. Between 21 - 75 specimens are possibly known to be extant. My Undated Hawaii So Called Dollar Type set is now complete. I'm planning to ship this c

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01/10/2013

Numismatic Detective -- My Dual Identity Coin

Two NGC designations (medal and coin)! As I was putting away my recent arrivals from NGC, I re-examined my "UNDATED 2M-329 HAWAII ALOHA CARNIVAL HAWAII ISLAND SEAL" in VF 25 (pictured below). Then it occurred to me to check the NGC census.... Then a new issue presented itself. The UNDATED 2M-329 HAWAII ALOHA CARNIVAL HAWAII ISLAND SEAL and UNDATED HI HK-721 HONOLULU CARNIVAL DOLLAR SC$1 (as listed in the NGC Census) are the exact same coin from different collector perspectives. The first

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01/06/2013

Numismatic Detective -- Re-discovered Hawaii SC50C Error

Thick vs Thin => re-discovered error I received 11 encapsulated medals/coins back from NGC. Of particular interest is the 1959 Hawaii Statehood SC50C Thick (aka Heraldic Art Medal). This so called 50 cent Thick variety has a mintage of 1,200 (while the Thin variety has a mintage of 4,600). The Thin was illegally made the same thickness as a standard silver half dollar. I examined my newly arrived MS 68 Thick with my MS 68 Thin. I found that my Thick variety had a 180 degree rotated revers

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01/04/2013

Knowledge Empowers the Collector -- Part 3

1959 Official Alaska Statehood Medal Progression Set I have not found any instance where a similar progression set was listed at a major auction house. There is one instance where "completed" medals (in different finishes and coloration) were auction listed. http://preview.outside-affiliatelinksnotallowed.com/bf8b9ol There is one instance where a single "trail strike" was auction listed. http://preview.outside-affiliatelinksnotallowed.com/a9ell2m This set is definitely housed in an a

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01/01/2013

Knowledge Empowers the Collector -- Part 2

1959 Official Hawaii Statehood Medal Progression Set and a Part 3 teaser... I have only found two instances where a similar progression set was listed at a major auction house (Ira & Larry Goldberg Auctioneers May 2006 and Stack's September 2006). MedalBlog (A Worldpress blog) by D. Wayne Johnson (corporate historian and senior consultant for the Medallic Art Company and was director of research with Medallic Art Company from January 1966 until December 1976) answered a question by a rea

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12/30/2012