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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

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 on my writing pad...   1. To prevent misidentified ineligibility: Create a NCS/NGC policy for collaborating on eligibility/ineli

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02/25/2013

Patience is a good thing ...

Day 72 and counting... I'm not complaining or wish any ill will on anyone on the NCS and NGC staff... On November 8, 2012 NCS received 4 medals on invoice 5413920. Medals were conserved and shipped to NGC. On December 5, 2012, NGC declared the medals as ineligible type. An email was sent to NGC asking for the reason why the ineligible status was assigned. December 10, 2012, NGC replied indicated it was an error for declaring the items as ineligible. I was told that the medals were s

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01/23/2013

Nerd of a Coin

Symbolism Can you decode these symbolisms? To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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02/23/2013

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

 

Image Request by Smithsonian

Help requested... Aloha, I have a very busy blog website (TheHawaiianaNumismatist.com) and get many requests relating to Hawaii coins, medals, and tokens. I am tracking down a NGC point of contact for high resolution images for the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indians. (They have periodically held Hawaiian events and displayed Hawaiian culture items). They are seeking specific images of Kingdom of Hawaii coins. Contact me ASAP with NGC point of contact so that I can forwar

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05/22/2015

 

Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hau'oli Makahiki Hou (in the Hawaiian language)

Day 4 of 17 day vacation on East Coast, USA Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hau'oli Makahiki Hou = Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Unfortunately, I was not invited on Air Force One with the President and his family for the holidays in Hawai'i (also my home state). Speaking of Presidents, I did update the Dwight D. Eisenhower Wikipedia page (Legacy and memory section). 1) Added text about the history of the Eisenhower POTUS appreciation medals. 2) Added example images of an Eisenhower

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12/22/2014

First of the First

What precedes a "First Releases" and "Early Releases"? "Release Ceremony"! It took some effort to get this designation on this gold 2012 W $5 Star Spangled Banner Commemorative in PF 70 UC. Its permanent new home is in the museum collection at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore Maryland. This is a 3rd Journal Entry relating to my efforts of these gifted coins. Other two entries: My Pending Set Donation dated 3/27/12 I Was There! dated 3/7/12 Plan

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04/09/2012

Dirty Hawaiian Beauty is Really Dirty in More Ways Than One

Packed up my next 5 item submittal. Bumps up my total to 16 items in the queue at NCS/NGC. I was filling out my NCS submittal form and reviewing both the Medcalf & Russell and Hibler & Kappen reference books to correctly describe/identify each coin entered on the form. Upon reading the HK-723 description I became curious. The words "...except obvious die variety." was an invitation to compare my HK-722 against my HK-723. I looked at each medal individually with my loupe. I then d

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01/18/2013

Numismatic Detective - The Hula Dancer and the Changing Volcano

I was observing the hula dancer then ...WAM BAM As I was checking my hoard of Hawaii Statehood SC50C (aka 2MS-4 and 2MS-5, as defined in the NGC sanctioned and approved referenced book, Hawaiian Money Standard Catalog) I made a discovery. I was performing a NGC 68 to NGC 68 comparison to improve my grading ability (I was also comparing my NGC 66 and 67). WAM BAM, it hit me. I saw a shifting volcano. As the pictures indicates. Focus on the hula dancer's head. Then look at the volc

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02/24/2013

 

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

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

A Lady With a Question

US Mint series uncovered after over 5 decades of being hidden... I've been receiving many emails relating to family numismatic heirlooms as it relates to President Eisenhower appreciation medals. This is the most recent.       See the image for her question and my visual answer. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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10/21/2014

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

 

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

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

My Pending Set Donation

1 of 6 possible "First Day Ceremony" sets to be permanent part of National Park museum ... If you read my previous journal entry titled "I Was There!"... The coin set mentioned has been NGC submitted for a "First Day Ceremony" designation. After correspondences and telephone calls to NGC, it was agreed that these coins will be designated as "First Day Ceremony"(they could have easily obtained a "First Release" or "Early Release" designation). I believe this is the first and only Star-Spangle

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03/27/2012

A Helping Hand to Philippines Numismatists

Accurate mintage provided to Honeycutt H-525 & Basso B-898... See image. DDE-12 (medal in image) information taken from my book: The Dwight D. Eisenhower Appreciation Medals, ISBN 1495348229. The Philippines numismatic reference books cataloged the Eisenhower visit medal, but does not provide additional information. DDE-12 was struck by the US Mint in Philadelphia. Obverse and reverse designs by Frank Gasparro. Medal was used during President Eisenhower's trip to Taiwan, Philippines,

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01/18/2015

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

Aloha

An Hawaiian idea for my new custom set .... As most of you are aware, I have a keen interest in coins, medals and tokens from Hawaii. Stage 1 of my Hawaii Statehood Medal collection is complete. The next stage is to collect each of the 17 remaining variations. The gold variations will be extremely tough to locate and obtain. In the meantime, I have set up an intermediate goal for a Territory of Hawaii Souvenir Set. The time period is set (Territory of Hawaii). The specific items to collec

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03/31/2012

Looking for a Thick Low Volcano !

Hopefully this should ERUPT with a search ... I've been reviewing my previous blog entries at my own website (not here to promote it) and would like to engage the members here to search or locate a possible non-existent So Called 50 Cent (SC50C) variety.       Back in March 2013, I documented the existence of a low volcano and high volcano variety for the 1959 Silver SC50C Hawaii Statehood Heraldic Art Medal at my website.       I'm in search of a specimen to disprove a theory. I'm l

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10/18/2014

 

The Third Official Manufacturing Function of the Bureau of the Mint/United States Mint

If you Google the term "special government medal" or "sGm" or "special medals for US government agencies" your search result relating to the Bureau of the Mint or United States Mint will be empty. However, if you search the term "POTUS sGm" you will get a hit to my website (discusses a particular type of "special government medal" of which I have ongoing research). This empty search result  points out that these common terms  are  unused and uncommon term within the US numismatic community. H

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06/16/2017

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06/23/2017

Meaning of the Numismatic Detective Title

I don't want to regurgitate so I must create! I use the heading "Numismatic Detective" with the condition that what I document is new information that I created, derived or is missing in numismatic reference books or periodicals. I try not to "regurgitate" all my information that was previously documented by other numismatic sources. Why? I was once given an example by a professor. Three college students were given a blank piece of paper and told to take notes during the guest lecture. The f

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01/26/2013

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

 

HTML Magic

Ugh..a table! http://goo.gl/VcIZ5o Copy and paste the above path I just completed adding a table to another custom set. Not as tough as I thought. I added some original US government images and information never presented to the public before. More work to be done.... To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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12/02/2014