The 10mm Pearl Harbor Gold Dala !

Here is my research:

  • Royal Hawaiian Mint records indicate that the obverse is dated 1990 with portrait of King Kalakaua and the text “Kalakaua I King of Hawaii”.
  • The reverse is dated 1941 – 1991 with the island of Oahu and the Pearl Harbor Memorial.
  • It is 10mm in diameter and struck in gold.  
  • Records also indicate a very minuscule mintage of 24 specimens.
  • As a background note, the Royal Hawaiian Mint struck gold in 17mm diameter (1/10 ounce) and 13mm (1/20 ounce).
  • In 1991, only the 1/10 ounce gold (17mm) was struck (with a Liberty Head obverse with a Pearl Harbor designed reverse). 

The big question is why was a 10mm gold coin struck?

Here lies the answer:

  • The 10mm dies (obverse and reverse)  had another purpose.
  • It was used to counter-strike a number of 1991 US Silver Eagles!
  • Records indicate that ten 1991 US Silver Eagles were counter-struck with the 10mm dies. 
  • Images are provided to as visual evidence and confirmation (click the image to expand the size).

Here is a listing of the RHM dies that were used as counter-stamps. The bolded entries are coins using the original die(s).  

1.   1991 Pearl Harbor Dala 10 mm dies (24 – 10 mm gold coins):

  • 10 – 1991 US Silver Eagles

2.    1981 Liliokalani IKI 13 mm dies (55 – 13 mm gold coins):

  • 38 – 1982 Kala Dala
  • 1 – Undated British Sovereign

3.   1989 King Kalakaua 13 mm dies (100 – 13 mm 1989 Kalakaua HSNA gold coins)

  • 3 – 1989 10th Birthday Commemorative

4.   1990 Liliokalani 13 mm Obverse die/ Grand Opening 6-9-90 13 mm reverse die (Combined – None)

(Obverse die only was used on 25 – 1990 Liliuokalani HSNA Gold 13mm)

  • 450 – 1990 Honolulu Silver Dala

5.   1990 Liliokalani 13 mm Obverse die/ First Day Issue 3-9-91 13 mm reverse die (Combine – None)

(Obverse die only was used on 25 – 1990 Liliuokalani HSNA Gold 13mm)

  • 340 – 1991 Kaiulani Silver Dala

6.   Aloha Money 10 mm dies (None):

  • 515 (sets of 4 coins) – 1993 US quarter, dime, nickel and penny
  • 275 (sets of 6 coins) – 1993 US dollar (Morgan dollar or 1993 US Silver eagle) , half dollar, quarter, dime, nickel and penny

Images of the counter-stamp coins can bee seen at this link

In summary, the 1991 Pearl Harbor Dala 10 mm dies are the most elusive as a coin and as a counter-stamp.

The Undocumented Hawaii Official Statehood Medals

I previously wrote about this at a numismatic social media website…

In M&R page 100: “About 30 sets for display purposes in bronze were issued showing the five step production from blank to final stage.”

To clarify this sentence:

There are actually 6 bronze medals in this “Hawaii Official Statehood medal progression set”. The medals of this set is  housed in a display plaque. The 6 medals are:

Medal 1:  Blank

Medal 2:  First Strike of die onto planchet (no collar is used in high relief striking). Medal details is coarse and lacks the fine details. NII HAU error is present.  Medal is bright bronze and untrimmed (extra metal beyond the rim). Medal is NOT uniface.

Medal 3: Second Strike of die onto coarse medal. Metal flow extends outward beyond the medal’s rim. Details are becoming stronger.  NII HAU error is present.  Medal is bright bronze and untrimmed . Medal is NOT uniface.

Medal 4: Third Strike of die onto the medal. Medal flow extends outward and high relief detail are bold.  NII HAU error is present.  Medal is bright bronze and untrimmed. Medal is NOT uniface.

Medal 5: Completed Medal with Obverse displayed. Antique oxidation performed previously (to highlight the high relief design elements). NIIHAU error is not present.

Medal 6: Completed Medal with Reverse displayed. Antique oxidation performed previously (to highlight the high relief design elements).

I do not dare to open the plaque I have in my collection at this time.   In all, there are 6 new un-cataloged medals (I’m working on a catalog numbering scheme for these medals.

First Strike

set 060

Third Strike (image taken from a set that was up for auction with a major auction house).

Complete set

The plaque is thin (5/16 inch). The quality is impeccable and the workmanship outstanding. It is also made of layered archivable materials.

I believe this plaque was used to promote the sales of the medal. Why?

I also have the matching Alaska Official Statehood progression set with 9 medals. The differences is the inclusion of the coloring steps, added a trimmed medal, and the removal of the 3rd strike. I have not seen another Alaska set as this one. The set is duplicated in workmanship and quality.

set 036

I have concluded that both sets were treated as place cards and placed on display stands at trade shows or show rooms to promote the Alaska and Hawaii Official Statehood medals .

Undocumented Hawaiiana Ingot

This was assigned THN-FM-FORI-01 from my draft book. This is a undocumented Franklin Mint sterling silver proof ingot. When I use the term undocumented, it means that it’s unlisted in M&R and not generally known by Hawaiiana specialist. I have documented this in my draft book in which it identifies the source, year, and mintage. As a side note: this is one of the first pictures I have inserted in the book.

Prices on the Royal Hawaiian Mint Counter-Stamp Products

I’ve been gauging the market on Royal Hawaiian Mint (RHM) products at a well known online auction site. Several  of the counter-stamp items  are being offered over the $1000 threshold.  It seems that the sellers perceive these are rare products.  Let’s see what the market can bear for price?

However, let the buyer beware. Do your research!

Below is my research on the 1991 Hawaii Princess Dala (aka Princess Kaiulani Heir Apparent).  Mintage is 1,100. Only 340 were counter-stamped.  Current catalog value for counter-stamp variety is $85.00 (eighty-five dollars, not a typo). This is approximately a 1176.47%  price difference for a December 2012 catalog value and the current auction price listing.  Let me spell it out….P R I C E  <space> G O U G I N G! (I’m also guilty with auction items that are hard to replace after its sold…)

Sorry, the sources are kept confidential for my research/writing.

Using the Fuld rarity scale. The series is a R-3 (501- 2000) specimens. The counter-stamp variety is an R-4 (201 -500) specimens.

Unless you have money to burn…the $1000 for an R-4 specimen is too high for my budget.

Below are images of other RHM counter-stamp products.

RHM Counter-Stamp Products

New topic …. (Just a note on my part)

There is a R-9 (2 – 4 specimens) Platinum Puela pattern being offered  slightly above $4,000  at this online website. My research indicates his mark-up is $2,870  after owning the piece for little over 5 years:

sources ….   2013 want price and 2008 purchase price (note the seller choice of ID match).

New Find – Captain James Cook

I’ve been on the hunt for some Hawaiiana medals and sometimes all it takes is your knowledge about Hawaiiana history….

Captain James Cook discovered (made the world aware) of  the Hawaiian Islands on his third voyage. He commanded the HMS Resolution…

Below is a unlisted bronze medal of Captain James Cook and the HMS Resolution found on a Medalist First Day Cover (FDC). Population of this of this FDC is documented as 1,000 made (see the back side of cover).

The total number of bronze medals struck  is undetermined, however the 1,000 is valid population estimate. It is highly unlikely that these medals were sold individually as the prime interest in making this FDC was for the philately community (not the numismatic community). This is one example in which the Hawaiiana numismatist can locate items in a crossover or related Hawaiiana collectible area.


Pantheon Saloon Token 2TS-21

I keep admiring  a Pantheon Saloon token being offered by a dealer and could no longer resist. I had to make it part of  my collection.

I compared this specimen with images of others that I could find online. I finally decided to purchase it after comparing it with a NGC MS63 specimen. I believe this one will grade higher if I submitted to NGC. The only issue I may have is the surface (which maybe taken care of by NCS).

The  strike is incredibly bold and the  details look freshly minted. No trace of wear. The selling point for me was the boldness of the small text “C.A. Klinker & Co. S.F”. Where SF is San Francisco.

Here is a link to an image of the Pantheon Saloon in the late 1880’s.  

1895 Pantheon Saloon Honolulu Token

As for the token’s year, most online references (at auction websites) indicate 1895 . As I have investigated, it maybe as earlier 1881 as this October 1881 newspaper clipping indicates.  Jim Dodd’s Pantheon Saloon licences (retail spirit and billiards) was to expire in the month of November 1881.

October 1881 News clip of Jim Dodd and Pantheon Saloon