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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

Knowledge Empowers the Collector -- Part 1

What a find! I review auction listings periodically and scan for items of interest to add to my collection. Two weeks ago, I found a very interesting listing. The seller did not know exactly what they were selling (as stated in the listing) and was not able to locate any information about his item. My "cherry picker" curiosity kicked in. I reviewed the wording in the auction listing and its pictures multiple times. The information provided was sparse and the low quality pictures were not tha

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12/28/2012

 

Knowledge Empowers the Collector (previous journal entry removal)

I had to remove my original journal entry ... For those of you who read my original entry (posted this past weekend) got a glimpse of a recent purchase I made. It was about a naive auction lot seller and informed auction lot buyer. I removed the journal entry as the auction purchasing process is still running its course. I will re-post the original journal entry, provide an updated journal entry and point out additional interesting material I found relating to the purchased item. This pur

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12/26/2012

 

1941-Dated "Remember Pearl Harbor" Medals

My new custom set listing ... http://preview.outside-affiliatelinksnotallowed.com/cqwkfsu A few medals belonging in this custom set are on their way back home to me from NGC grading/encapsulation, hence the extensive write-up in the set's description. The purpose of this set is to be a numismatic reference for the "Remember Pearl Harbor" medals (since the medal is basically unknown, information is not readily available, and the medal lays claim in being the first US numismatic item to depi

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12/26/2012

I Miss College ... Sort Of...

Got my grades today ... NGC grades I never did have a low grade in college...but... My NGC submittal (received by NGC on 11/08/2012) results were revealed to me this afternoon. This entry is about my HK-721 so called dollar (aka Honolulu Carnival Dollar, Honolulu (Aloha) Carnival Dollar, Mid-Pacific Aloha Carnival Dollar, Dukie, etc...) submittal. No slab image at this time. HK-721 so called dollar has a Fuld Rarity of R-5 (76 - 200 known). NGC census is currently at 6 graded (not i

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12/21/2012

 

US Mint 2013 Product Release Schedule

Planning purchases and possible visit to first day release ceremonies... I visited the US Mint website a few days ago and reviewed their 2013 product release schedule. I am speculating that there is a high probability that I will be attending the release ceremony at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historical Shrine in August/September 2013 (as I did for the 2012 Star Spangled Banner commemorative coins). I find coin release ceremonies interesting ... I found a website for the Hawai'i Vo

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12/16/2012

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

Snail pace turnaround for specialty areas

I patiently wait...still enjoying life NGC status 11/05/2012 - 11 medals (Hawaii related) sent registered at my local US post office 11/08/2012 - Received at NGC 12/14/2012 - Scheduled for grading TBD - TBD My Status - 26 consecutive days of vacation (started 11/09/12, ended 12/04/12) - Daily morning runs windward Oahu (various distances) - 10 mile Turkey trot run in Honolulu (on turkey day) - Spent Thanksgiving in Hawaii with parents, brothers, sister and relativ

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12/15/2012

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

Hawaii Numismatics 101 - World vs US Listing

Delineating Hawaiian numismatics between World and US listings NGC classifies coins, tokens and medals in the Medcalf & Russell reference (Hawaiian Money Standard Catalog) as "World Coins". However, in checking the online NGC World Coin Census there are no United States selection or Hawaii selection. I would have expected the Hawaii coins, tokens and medals to be listed here as they are classified as "World Coins" In addition, if you check the online NGC US Coin Census, NGC only lists

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12/12/2012

Numismatic Detective -- Official Hawaii Statehood Medal Revisited

Do you own the lowest serial number NIIHAU correction medal? Recently, I acquired another Official Hawaiian Statehood medal in sterling silver (submitted for NGC grading and encapsulation earlier in November 2012). This specimen is serial number 1309. In a previous journal entry I presented original research that concludes that serial number 1266 is currently the known "discovery" medal that corrected the the NII HAU spelling error (space inserted between the letter I and H) to NIIHAU (sing

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12/02/2012

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

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 -- 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

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

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

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 -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

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

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