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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

Territory of Hawaii !

Kingdom of Hawaii->Republic of Hawaii->Territory of Hawaii->State of Hawaii Finally, updated my "Territory of Hawaii Souvenir Pieces" custom set with pictures. The pictures are of raw coins I have secured in which I want NGC grading and encapsulation. http://coins.www.collectors-society.com/wcm/CoinCustomSetGallery.aspx?s=8347 I'm holding out my entire submission until I locate a non-holed version of the 2M-381. This is one tough medal to locate... Picture below illustrates my

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07/08/2012

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

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

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

 

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

Remember Pearl Harbor

A pair of medals to remember the attack on Pearl Harbor... I picked both of these medals from an auction site dealing with WWII memorabilia. I was amazed that I actually found these medals at a non-numismatic auction. Listed as 2M-380 (copper, mintage 10,000) and 2M-381 (nickel, mintage 5,000) in Hawaiian Money, 2nd edition by Medcalf and Russell. The holed nickel medal is a filler at the moment. It's interesting that a Japanese Zero is the main design feature. The medals are also listed in

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05/26/2012

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

Interstate H-3 Coin

What? An interstate highway in Hawaii... A relative gifted this race coin to me a few years back. She volunteered at the 1997 Great Trans Koolau Trek and was awarded this coin. I recently did some research on it and its mintage is 460 (information from http://www.royalhawaiianmint.com/database.htm) H-3 is one of the most expensive interstate highways built. It cost $80 million dollars per mile 0(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interstate_H-3) I made this video last year while traveling on par

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05/19/2012

MS 68 version of Hawaii Five-0

A recent 50c acquisition to my collection ... The image is a coin I recently purchased. It's a so-called 50c, 1959 silver Hawaii Statehood, thin variety (illegally made the same thickness as a US 50c piece). Purchased at a reasonable price... To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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05/13/2012

 

Wow 1895 Hawaiian Reginald Huth Gold

An auction with rare Hawaiian coin ... Forsythe Collection I enjoy reading auction descriptions. Many of the high end auction companies really do their research to describe and point out the coin's or medal's rarity. This is especially true for the extreme rare Hawaii pieces. The example I recently seen is the 1895 Regina Huth $20 Gold of Princess Kaiulani (Lot 1880). There are also any other rarities in this auction. They are part of the upcoming May Pre-Long Beach Auction held by Ira and

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04/29/2012

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

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

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

 

2012 Star-Spangled Gold $5 Proof and Uncirculated

For all posterity ... I had a phone conversation with one of the museum curators at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore, Maryland. They finally received the coins, authentication paperwork and gifting letter. As he puts it, your name and gifts will be in the museum collection and shared "for all posterity". I never thought about it that way. He indicated there is a plan for the coins to be displayed in the near future as part of the rush of visitors attending the

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04/14/2012

 

2012 Star-Spangled Gold $5 Proof and Uncirculated

For all posterity ... I had a phone conversation with one of the museum curators at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore, Maryland. They finally received the coins, authentication paperwork and gifting letter. As he puts it, your name and gifts will be in the museum collection and shared "for all posterity". I never thought about it that way. He indicated there is a plan for the coins to be displayed in the near future as part of the rush of visitors attending the

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04/14/2012

A "66" for my "26"

My NCS conservation results ... Fee to conserve my 1959 Hawaii Statehood medal was $21. Shipping back to me was an additional $19.70. NGC grading fee was set at $42 which included an oversize holder fee. As for the results, my medal (serial number 26) graded MS 66 and is now residue free! I am well pleased with the service provided by both NCS and NGC. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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04/12/2012

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

I'm Surprised!

I'm eager to see the conservation results by NCS ... I submitted a 1959 Official Hawai'i Statehood sterling silver medal (serial number 26) for NCS conservation and NGC grading. I was expecting a details encapsulation as some sort of chemical layering and reaction was occurring on the medal's reverse. This is the lowest serial number for the medal I have encountered and picked up this prize just for the serial number. I checked the medal's status. It graded MS-66! Now it's a bigger prize

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04/07/2012

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

Among Giants...

The final medal for my Hawaii Statehood Medal Type collection arrived from NGC today ... Size does matter (for my large Hawaii Statehood medal). Picture is a comparison between the normal and oversize NGC coin holders. Now I need to figure out a method to display and house these different sized holders. I really like the semi-circle notch (directly above the medal). One can view the serial number on the medal's edge). http://coins.www.collectors-society.com/wcm/CoinCustomSetView.aspx?

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03/28/2012

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

 

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

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

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