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
Perhaps a new numismatic collecting category is required? Blunder collecting...
As it can be explained, a few intact specimens slipped by the manufacturer who eagerly holed-out the "49" as to remove the obvious timing blunder as Alaska became the 49th state. This is not an error. It's an unfortunate timing of the Alaska statehood event when this SCD was struck.
Actually, SCD HK-722A can be claimed as a specimen from the Territory of Hawaii period (and while the US had only 48 states)
This blog entry is not Hawaiian related....
While performing research on my book on the http://www.potus-sgm.com/ I tracked down the dual torch design of Frank Gasparro (I previously shared this research find at another numismatic website and wanted to share it here). In the image:
Left is the obverse of a Class 2 Eisenhower President of the United States (POTUS) special Government medal (sGm) with the dual torch by Frank Gasparro and manufactured by the Bureau of the Mint in 196
...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 ...
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
Within the book Hawaiian Money, 2nd Edition, by Medcalf & Russell (book listed in NGC US Coin Reference, American Overseas Territories), a series of private mint issues from The Hawaiian Mint (THM), aka Royal Hawaiian Mint (RHM), are cataloged.
Several of the original issues are not listed as per the official RHM database (it's a spreadsheet provided by the RHM documenting its issues, mintages, and specialized notes). This spreadsheet is titled Waifs in Gold Boots which was produced by
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
1 and 7 in the date can be seen as repunched on the 1997 Princess Kaiulani 1/10 oz gold Hapaumi. This is the second repunched date I found in the Princess Kaiulani issues by the Royal Hawaiian Mint.
My previous find was the 1996 Princess Kaiulani 1/4 oz gold Hapaha.
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
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