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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

I Was There!

I see a need for a Ceremony Release designation for coins/medals obtained at an US Mint coin/medal release day ceremony. Why? Because I was there! I was not there 30-days after the fact (designation criteria for Early or First Release labels). I was in attendance to support the celebration of the Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coin Release Day ceremony at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore Maryland at 11:00 am on the morning of March 5, 2012. The ceremony wa

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03/07/2012

 

My Best Circulation Find from the Past

The year was 1995. The location was Southern Maryland. The find was ... In May of 1995, I stumbled upon a news article about a woman who unloaded a few coins at a coin shop in Annapolis, Maryland for a whopping $200 a piece. With this news, I rushed to the local bank to purchase a new box of coins. I opened my first roll and started to delicately view each. As I detected something odd with the coin I would place it aside. I looked at each coin with a 10X loupe. It was tedious and my eyes t

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03/08/2012

 

Hawaii Statehood Medals!

Did you know that several medals were struck in 1959/1960 to commemorate Hawaii's admission as the 50th state to the Union? As part of Hawaii's admission as the 50th state to the United States of America, several medals were stuck in celebration during the years 1959 (statehood) and 1960 (50th star added to US flag). Many of these medals have low mintage numbers. There are 5 medal design types that expands to 22 variants. Each of these Hawaii statehood medals are also collected in other num

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03/11/2012

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

On a Hawaiian Trip

My mindset is in the land of Aloha...sort of My birthplace is Honolulu, Hawaii. I grew-up on the islands of Oahu and Hawaii (aka Big Island). My career keeps me on the continental US, but I often have vacation trips back "home". In all my trips, I allocate a period of time in which I pursue my Hawaiiana collectable hunts. From coins to documents. I have been advocating the concept to read as much as you can about a coin or coin type, as a mater of fact, anything that is of collectable intere

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03/15/2012

I Also Collect Medals ... Sort of...

As most of you know by now, I have a passion for collecting. The beauty, the rarity and the history behind each item collected is my motivation. When individuals visit my home office, one of the first things they see is my medal collection. These medals come in all shapes and sizes, but each has a common theme. My personal goal is to collect eight or less each year. The most I ever collected was ten in one year. Don't get me wrong, I can collect more but it's nice to get them at a "good st

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03/16/2012

Means to an End...

I've been collecting and selling coins from my collection as a means to an end .... Rare coin collecting has been a very enjoyable and profitable hobby for me. I have been collecting and reselling rare coins as a means of supplementary support while pursuing each of my academic degrees. I have four conferred academic degrees, so this means to an end has really helped me out. My degrees include (from lowest to highest): AAS in Electronic Technology, BS in Computer Science, MS in Systems Enginee

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03/18/2012

Hawaii Five-0

Kona 'Kono' Kalakaua (Grace Park) is beautiful .. so is this Kalakaua Just having fun... My King Kalakaua fifty cent piece (or hapalua) with PhotoProof picture. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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03/23/2012

Hawaii Five-0 (The Series Continues)

She is an incredibly beautiful and captivating Hawaiian ... She...as in my coin... Sharply struck with hints of light aqua and a sprinkling of gentle rose hues makes this a pulchritudinous example of the 1883 Kingdom of Hawaii quarter dollar. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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03/23/2012

Hawaii Five-0 (The Series Teaser)

She is toned and close to perfection ... A wondrously alluring example that is fragmentally and translucently toned in various shades of grayness with exposed glistening silvery shine. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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03/23/2012

Coin Sleuth

A story of finding a coin's pedigree by accident... After purchasing a highly prized "Mid-Pacific Aloha Carnival Dollar" that depicts the great Hawaiian Olympian "Duke Kahanamoku" (So called dollar HK-721/Medcalf & Russell 2M-329) for my "Territory of Hawaii Souvenir" collection, I did an online search for similar coin in circulated condition. The coin is not dated, but the Mid-Pacific Carnival was held in 1914 in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii. A rare "Dukie" in uncirculated condition i

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03/24/2012

 

Knowledge is Power (Part II)

Read, study, and learn your collecting interest... No matter where or from whom you purchase your numismatic material always be an astute hobbyist by being knowledgeable expert in your interest area or seek proper expert advice. I seen too many individuals make purchases that they have regretted from seconds (at auctions) to decades (at appraisals) later. The challenge for each collector, no matter what is collected, is to be more knowledgeable than the seller/dealer. At some point as

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03/25/2012