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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 -- 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

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

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

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

Knowledge is Power

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

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03/13/2012

 

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 commen

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12/23/2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Research Knowledge Discovery - King Kalakaua 1 Coronation Medal

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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06/11/2017

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

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

 

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

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05/14/2017

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05/14/2017

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

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10/19/2014

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

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 -- 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