“Looks like he did…” 1986 Iolani Palace Jubilee Medal by The Hawaiian Mint

The Hawaiian Mint (THM) 1986 Iolani Palace Jubilee Medal in bronze was  struck in 1986 and 1998. How does one tell the difference between the two?

If you consider the transition of the name of the mint (TNM, THM, and RHM) you can suspect why it “looks like he did…” He did something. He is  BVN (a.k.a. “the minter”).  12-years had elapsed between the two  strikings. A change in the mint’s name occurred and he did it…

He removed the THM initials (right side bottom of Iolani Palace) in the 1998 struck 1986 Iolani Palace Jubilee Medals. Yes he did … as the picture below  shows.

There are also other markers that can be used to lay claim that it was struck in 1998 struck (will not reveal until I study them more).

The public accessible RHM mintage information is incorrect. This is a new discovery and you read/saw it being documented here first!

1998 Struck (no mint initials)

1998 Struck (no mint initials). Population 200.

1986 struck with THM initials.

1986 struck with THM initials. Population 500.

1986 proof strike with intials

1986 proof strike with initials. Population 500.

VCPed a Deal of the Week!

Once again I was perusing the internet and found a handsome find. I Virtually Cherry Picked (VCPed) another coin dealer for a bargain basement Hawaiiana coin…

This time Captain Cook was in my sight…


It is still in its original Hawaiian Mint holder.


UPDATE: Captain Cook coin received ….



Nimitz Coin!

Obviously, this piece is highly overlooked by the Hawaiiana specialist…

This is a historical person with ties to the Territory of Hawaii. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chester_Nimitz

He even has a Highway named for him on the island of Oahu. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawaii_Route_92

I know it was an oversight in being omitted in the M&R book.

As a Hawaiiana Numismatist, it therefore is recognized as a desired piece for the serious  Hawaiian collection.

THN-FM-NCS-03 Sterling Silver

THN-FM-NCS-04 Platinum





Update: I pulled out my 2M-361 (aka Pearl Harbor 25th Anniversary) and snapped some new pictures with its miniature plaque (similar to the Nimitz)




Unique Royal Hawaiian Mint Die Trail Collection

The counterstamped X# MB69 Dollar ( http://www.ngccoin.com/poplookup/WorldCoinPrices.aspx?category=136271&worldcoinid=348604 ) has a very interesting story that I have pieced together for my ” Unique Royal Hawaiian Mint (RHM) Die Trail Collection”.

First of all, whoever purchased the four X# MB69 specimens last week on Ebay … congratulations! They were a steal at $65 each. I was late. I even contacted the seller, but they sold the complete inventory they had.

Only 10 (ten) X# MB69 were ever created. This  makes 6 accounted for (four below, one to a individual I contacted who would not sell, and the one I purchased).Who owns the remaining 4?

Click to enlarge the $65 coins.


Here is my story….

In 1990, the RHM struck the 1990 Kalakaua Hawaii State Numismatic Association (HSNA) Gold, 10 mm, 1 gram,  .999 gold coin. RHM mint figures (aka “the spreadsheet”) is wrong on the 13mm size. How is that? I have a 10mm 1990 Kalakaua HSNA Gold in my possession. Mintage was a mere 25 specimens struck.

In 1991, the RHM struck the 1941-1991 Pearl Harbor Dala Gold, 10 mm, 1 gram, .999 gold coin. The date on the obverse is 1990 (it is the 1990 Kalakaua HSNA obverse die). Why use a 1990 die on a 1991 struck coin? Because it was available and with minimal wear. This was a mule coin with dies from 1990 and 1991 being used together. Mintage is also low at 24 specimens struck.

Also in 1991, RHM used the 1990 Kalakaua HSNA obverse die and the 1941-1991 Pearl Harbor Dala reverse die to counter stamp 10 (ten) 1991 Silver Eagles. Resulting in the lowest population of a RHM counterstamp coin series.

Here is a summary of the die pairs: (click to enlarge)


As a collector, the 1991 Silver eagle was required to complete my “RHM Die Trail Collection” and it was the last coin purchased and the hardest (population of  10).

Below are pictures to prove the obverse die match (note King Kalakaua’s nose).  All items are part of my personal collection. You can see the progression of wear (start 1990 HSNA, then Pearl Harbor Dala, and finally the Silver Eagle).

Obverse die match on three RHM coins

Obverse die match on three RHM coins

The reverse die match on two RHM coins.


This is a uniquely completed set.  There is a possibility that 9 other sets could be created.  Others may try…but I did it first (and with original research to establish the trail)!

HPM Revealed

HPM are the initials for  Hawaii Pacific Mint, Ltd. HPM, Ltd. only had a PO Box number in Honolulu, Hawaii as seen on their COA. Unconfirmed information indicates two professors operated the mint. I would greatly appreciated any information on the HPM and its operations.

NumisMaster incorrectly identifies the initials as Hawaiian Heritage.

Two coins from the HPM are  cataloged in the Unusual World Coins Catalog (UWCC). They are:

X# 11 Kakalaua Akahi Dala (M&R incorrectly double listed this coin as 2M-233 and 2M-243. M&R also incorrectly declares the initials as PHM). The correctly identified HPM initials are on the reverse, inside the lower portion of the Coat of Arms. Mintage is unknown.


X #12  Liliuokalani Akahi Dala (M&R listed as 2M-279. M&R also incorrectly declares the initials as PHM) . I’m not sure why UWCC provided this coin its own category as “Liliuokalani Medallic Issues”, then sticking X#11 in the “Bernard von NotHaus Issues”.  The HPM initials are on  the reverse below the inner map rim. Mintage is unknown.


New HPM Listing  This is coin was struck by HPM. In keeping up with the efforts  of the Royal Hawaiian Mint (and others)  in commemorating US military events of WWII in Hawaii and the Pacific,  HPM stuck a 1 oz silver round to commemorate the US Submarine Veterans of WWII. There is no HPM initials on the coin, only the COA can be used to identify the mint. Mintage is unknown.


It can be understood that HPM was a small mint operation, therefore mintage numbers for these three issues may be speculated as being low.

Click to isolate, then click to enlarge.



I’ve did some research and found what the acronym HPM stands for…(not revealing it at this time)

NumisMaster (and its source) has the acronym wrong…

M&R has the acronym wrong….

For now, I can say it’s a mint that was physically located in Hawaii…

So far two items have been identified in 1991 M&R (makes these items pre-1991) …

Found a third item that is not listed in M & R … still researching this item…

It is my understanding that items from this mint are extremely hard to locate…..

To be continued …

My Undated Hawaii So Called Dollar Type Set

I added larger pictures to my type set….

HK-721, HK-722B, and HK-723


I’m looking for Non-details coin replacements. However, the two at the AU grade are sill desirable.

Below is a HK-721 in VF35 (Possibly the only one with a 2M-329 NGC label.  This VF35 is not in the NGC  population report for HK-721)


2007 – Long Beach, CA Heritage Signature Coin Auction 430, part of lot 41

2011 – November private sale from Jeff Shevlin (former ANA Executive Director, so called dollar expert)

2012 – NGC graded/encapsulated Dr Darryl Collection


RHM New Variety – 1993 King Kamehameha Sovereign 1 oz Silver

I discovered a new variety in the 1993 King Kamehameha Sovereign 1 oz silver issued by the Royal Hawaiian Mint (RHM). This is a Large  and Small Weight/Fineness variety.

Small Weight/Fineness Variety

Small Weight/Fineness Variety

Large Weight/Fineness Variety

Large Weight/Fineness Variety

I surmised this new variety by examining a handful specimens from the individual 1993 Hawaii Sovereign Proof (single coin in silver box), 1993 Overthrow Sovereign Set (two coins in in blue case), 1993 Official Hawaiian Sovereign Gold & Silver Proof Set, and a few loose coins (no box or COA).

First things first. The 1993 Hawaii Sovereign Proof in silver box comes with the Hawaiian Sovereign cardboard COA or the Overthrow Dala cardboard COA.

I’m not sure which came first (small vs large variety) at this time….or which is rarer…

Below is a large variety specimen from the 1993 gold/silver Sovereign set. Also note the serial number on the canoe to identify its pedigree (what proof set it came from).



Picture of small variety below….


I VCP these Hawaiian Beauties Today

Located an interesting website and  Virtually Cherry Picked (VCP)  these beauties.  Prices were a steal (when compared to eBay). Each were under catalog value.  Only one each was available at the website (I tried to order 2 each but could not).

This an X# 12 http://www.ngccoin.com/poplookup/WorldCoinPrices.aspx?category=140098&worldcoinid=343873


This is an unlisted by NGC, however it was struck in 2000.


Finally this is X# MB100 http://www.ngccoin.com/poplookup/WorldCoinPrices.aspx?category=140069&worldcoinid=343843