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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

So Called Dollars - Hawaii

WoW ... I really got a bargain 11 months ago... At the recent Heritage 2012 April 18-22 US Coins Platinum Night CSNS Signature Auction- Schaumburg ... A HK-548 in MS-64 sold for $230 less buyer fees...My HK-548 in MS-66 purchased for $65 back in May 2011. Picture is of the $65 wonder ...now part of my Hawaii Statehood Medal Set http://coins.www.collectors-society.com/wcm/CoinCustomSetGallery.aspx?s=9345

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04/24/2012

National Numismatic Collection

I once took a date to see the the National Numismatic Collection ... http://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/index.cfm One of the best things about living in the Washington DC metropolitan area is the richness in historical artifacts. I intentionally look for new experiences in the area. As such, I also like to share my interests. On one occasion I took a date to visit the National Numismatic Collection to share my interest in coins. She was enthralled with my hobby after viewing some of

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04/26/2012

Video on Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coin Release Day Ceremony

First purchaser requested his identity not be shared as he snuck out of work to purchase the coins... Great video on the Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coin Release Day Ceremony. It was funny to see me in the video...I was there! All sixteen (16) gold coins sold out at the ceremony. (more about the gold coins http://coins.www.collectors-society.com/wcm/CoinCustomSetView.aspx?s=9738) Picture below is of Daniel Shaver, Chief Counsel US Mint signing/dating purchases at the release

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04/28/2012

 

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 -- 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

I wonder who his silver supplier is ...

... I just provided my 155th Kiva loan to a sterling silver handcrafter in Indonesia. http://www.kiva.org/lend/451133 If I had his mailing address, I would have donated a bunch of junk silver coins I have.... Check out my profile and the members of Team Hawaii, Friends of HSPFI - Philippines, Johns Hopkins University, Philippines, Team Philippines, The George Washington University.... http://www.kiva.org/lender/DrDarryl I loan to provide a helping hand with hopes to empower Asian Pa

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07/19/2012

Numismatic Detective -- Update 1891 US Patent Centennial Medal

...from the Smithsonian Institution to the ANA's Dwight N. Manley Numismatic Library... I located a specimen that resides in the Smithsonian Institution collection that provided an additional trail of research ... http://outside-affiliatelinksnotallowed.com/97hlsns Manufacturer is identified as Scovill Manufacturing Company of Waterbury, Connecticut (in business since in 1802). The Smithsonian has a very large collection of their medals, money, tokens, buttons and pins that dates back to

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10/06/2012

MS 68 version of Hawaii Five-0

A recent 50c acquisition to my collection ... The image is a coin I recently purchased. It's a so-called 50c, 1959 silver Hawaii Statehood, thin variety (illegally made the same thickness as a US 50c piece). Purchased at a reasonable price... To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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05/13/2012

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

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

New Medal Acquisition

It really has been a busy week for me ... On Monday I was lead in setting up a Asian Pacific American Heritage month celebration display. In the previous years, I displayed a few of my Hawaii medals and coins. A very interesting way of introducing numismatics to new collectors. Later in the day I attended a engineering conference tutorial. On Tuesday I attended an engineering conference. Later that day I filed a provisional patent (my first ever) to the US Patent office.   On Wednesday

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05/20/2012

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

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

 

Congratulations Jeff Shevlin

So called dollar guy appointed as American Numismatic Association Executive Director .... http://www.money.org/communications/press-releases/archives/2012-press-releases/jeff-shevlin-named-new-ana-executive-director Received an email from Jeff over the weekend indicating that he will no longer be actively selling so called dollars while he holds the position.... Ugh...I need a new source for my Hawaii so-called dollar want list....

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05/29/2012

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

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

Numismatic Detective -- US Mint Oath of Allegiance Medal

American Civil War and the US Mint Washingtoniana collectors have a wide variety of interesting coin, medals and tokens to collect. I was reviewing medals listed at an auction site and found an interesting medal from the start of the American Civil War. The September 2, 1861 "Oath of Allegiance" medal was used to commemorate the "allegiance to the US Constitution" requirement by US Mint officials and workers after the loss of 3 of the 5 US Mint facilities to the Confederate States of Americ

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11/27/2012

Numismatic Research Impact - Remember Pearl Harbor

Seller uses my research ... I was searching the numismatic listing at an auction website (eBay) and found a "Remember Pearl Harbor" medal (I call it a medal due to its listing in the 2nd edition of Hawaiian Money). I noticed several key words used by the seller from my previous NGC journal entries relating to this medal. The terms include "Pocket Coin", "The Medal Arts Co" (word "The" is not normally used as its missing on the medal", "69 days" (estimated days between attack and advertis

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11/27/2012

Plate Coin Used by NGC - Kingdom of Hawaii Coin Series

Plate coins are superb examples of the coin type Coins of rarity are photographed and were included in the plates of a book as a reference. Hence the term "plate coin". Today, coin photographs are still used in numismatic references (books periodicals, websites, etc...). I was pleasantly surprised to make the visual connection between a former coin of mine (Kingdom of Hawaii quarter dollar NGC MS66). I sold it for a tidy profit. The photograph used by NGC at its NGC Coin Explorer for the Haw

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08/31/2012

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

 

2012 Star-Spangled Gold $5 Proof and Uncirculated

For all posterity ... I had a phone conversation with one of the museum curators at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore, Maryland. They finally received the coins, authentication paperwork and gifting letter. As he puts it, your name and gifts will be in the museum collection and shared "for all posterity". I never thought about it that way. He indicated there is a plan for the coins to be displayed in the near future as part of the rush of visitors attending the

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04/14/2012

Collector Exhbits at Upcoming 2012 ANA Convention in Philadelphia

Always a first time to enter ... deadline for entry is July 6th http://www.worldsfairofmoney.com/collector-exhibits I'm pondering the idea of creating an entry for the collector exhibit at the upcoming 2012 ANA Convention. Anyone with lessons learned or tips? I previously participated in stamps exhibits and have been somewhat successful.... It will be interesting to see the exhibit entries at the upcoming Philadelphia ANA convention in August To see old comments for this Journal en

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06/23/2012

I Bought Hawaii

I bought Hawaii, however it was not an entire island.... I don't have deep pockets like Larry Ellison (billionaire Oracle Corp. CEO) to buy the island of Lanai in Hawaii.... But I did recently buy a HK-548 Hawaii Statehood So-Called dollar to add to my collection. I already have one that is NGC graded MS66. However, this beauty is MS64PL. NGC census indicates only 6 PL have been graded (3 MS66PL and 3 MS64PL). Total HK-548 graded by NGC is 27. http://www.ngccoin.com/NGCCoinExplorer/Coi

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06/27/2012

I Bought Hawaii (Part 2)

Oh my ... So... I was looking for other HK-548 Hawaii Statehood so-called dollars on the internet. I Googled and explored my hits. Then I started to Google images. I took a double take on the NGC certification number on a image hit. I compared it with the eBay image I captured on my recent purchase and it was an exact match! This HK-548 used to be on a dealer's inventory in Virginia Beach. I bought this coin from an Austin, Texas resident on eBay. The HK-548 arrived today (that was fas

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06/29/2012