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!