It took some time for me to figure this out (slaps forehead). I should have been more observant. The initials LB stand for designer Luigi Badia.
I know of two RHM products with his initials on the obverse.
1992 dated Princess Kaiulani 1/10 oz silver
1991 King Kalakaua Akahi Dala 1/oz silver
Here is a plaster model of the obverse die with the LB initials.
A previous undocumented 1994 Dated Princess Kaiulani Dala variety was identified. Undocumented in RHM database and my draft Princess Kaiulani book. The COA indicates it was struck in 2010. I just purchased two for my wife’s Princess Kaiulani collection. Three were being sold on eBay by Hawaiian Island Stamp and Coin. As of 2/17/2017, 8:40 Pm EST one is still available.
There are a total of six types of 1994 dated Princess Kaiulani 39 mm silver dala. Each is identified by its reverse die.
- Reverse: Akahi Dala
- Reverse: Princess Dala
- Reverse: Hawaii Dala
- Reverse: Mahalo Dala
- Reverse: $10 Dala
- Reverse: Aloha Dala
New video in preparation for book launch.
Heritage Auction results…
It’s ironic that the 2M-287 LILIVOCALANIA DEI-GRATIA in 14 KT gold was the last auction lot for the January 17, 2017 Heritage Auction.
On January 17, 1893 was the overthrow of Kingdom of Hawaii and Queen Liliʻuokalani was the last reigning monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaii.
PCGS 2M-286 sold for $140 (1991 M&R $50)
PCGS 2M-287 sold for $750 (1991 M&R $300)
An interesting weekend on eBay as it relates to Hawaii Statehood medals. One particular item is the obverse and reverse dies of 2MS-4 that sold for $1009.
As you know, I documented the high volcano and low volcano varieties four years ago.
Below is the original image that was used to identify the two volcano varieties. Left is the high volcano variety. Right is the low volcano variety.
The recent auction of the obverse and reverse dies reflect that the volcano is low (original image flipped on the left). The die matches the right image above. Notice the separated clouds and the volcano slope is at the hula girl’s chin.
The low volcano variety was used on the thin medals and gold medals. Below is a gold medal.
I have yet to see a low volcano on a thick medal and gold medal.
What does this mean?
The dies sold on eBay is from the first striking of the thin and gold medals.
My ANA blog also documents the low and high volcano varieties.
The Honolulu Mint joined the Northwest Territorial Mint (as indicated on their website). New images of their products is also at their website (http://thehonolulumint.com/our-products.php)