1991 Kaiulani 21mm (size of 1/4 oz gold) Bronze Pattern

1991 Kaiulani 21mm (size of 1/4 oz gold) Bronze Pattern

New acquisition. Undocumented die paring. 1/4 oz gold obverse paired with a new (unrecognized) reverse die. Very crisp strike on a polished bronze planchet.

I believe this is a bronze pattern and was to be struck/may have been struck in gold.

I contacted the seller prior to bidding and he assured me that Telle Presley (co-founder of Royal Hawaiian Mint) confirmed it was struck in bronze. Unfortunately. no mintage numbers. However, this coin completes my 1991 Kaiulani Design metal type collection (bronze, silver, gold, and platinum). There is only 1 documented bronze striking of the 1991 Kaiulani design, but luckily this pattern appeared.

Waterhouse Token on Ebay

It’s my opinion the price is too high…


A June 5th Heritage Auction lot 5441 sold for $1880 (final price with buyers premium) for a damaged token also.


I also did bid on the Heritage sale, but price was above my set limit.

Wailuku Plantation Token on Ebay

I did bid on the exact same token as listed in the June 5th Heritage Auction (lot 9607) that is now listed on Ebay.

I lost due to over bidding.

Hammer price was $616.88 (final price with buyers premium).


Marked up by $278.12 (buy it now $895).



Lot 393 Was My Prize – Alaska-Hawaii Statehood Oxidized Copper

I’ve been anticipating this auction for weeks. This past Sunday morning I was glued to my computer screen and listening to some KPOP  http://youtu.be/7LP4foN3Xs4 waiting for the right lots to appear…

I normally don’t bid sight unseen. And to boot, no other descriptive information nor image was in the auction catalog.


However, it was NGC graded MS64RB.

Population 8 with only 1 graded higher. A very desirable coin.


Bidding was furious for lot 393.

There was a so-called dollar specialist buying up what he could…

Final hammer price was $170 without auction fees. Images to be posted when coin is received.