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
So called dollar guy appointed as American Numismatic Association 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....
I just provided my 155th Kiva loan to a sterling silver handcrafter in Indonesia.
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....
I loan to provide a helping hand with hopes to empower Asian Pa
Always a first time to enter ... deadline for entry is July 6th
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
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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
I just submitted a US copyright on an article discussing a research find I made. For those who are familiar with my discovery models, this find adds a new piece of knowledge to the King Kalakaua 1 Coronation Medal knowledge domain.Background:The 1882 dated King Kalakaua 1 coronation medal has befuddled Hawaiian numismatics for decades due to its unknown mintage, designer and manufacturer. This medal is identified as:2RM-9 (Hawaiian Money Standard Catalog 1991 Second Edition by Donald Medcalf
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I was fortunate to have help in entering the coin collecting hobby...
I did collect coins as a child, but it was more of a curiosity than a hobby. While serving in the US Air Force, I was given an opportunity to learn from a few coin dealers in Montana. Montana is a silver state and silver dollars were very plentiful.
A Montana coin dealer told me to read up on the subject before buying any coins. After reading the Comprehensive Catalogue and Encyclopedia of U. S. Morgan and Peace Silver Do
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
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.
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
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....
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...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 ...
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
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
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)
I made this video about a year ago related
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
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
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
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
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.
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,
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
A beautiful coin in my collection.
This is its NGC World Coin Price Guide listing:
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
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.
There is one instance where a single "trail strike" was auction listed.
This set is definitely housed in an a
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.