Black Friday Acquisition #1: James Cook Medal

The intermix of my numismatic and philately  hobbies identified this medal. Also, I’ve  seen an image of an  un-cannibalized specimen in its original intact Medalist First Day Cover (FDC). High probability this specimen was cannibalized for its silver content.


You will see the exact reverse on a medal I identified in a previous blog.

Update: Official Hawaii Statehood Medal in Silver NII HAU to NIIHAU Transition Serial Number

A NGC collector/contact provided me with images of the error transition from error NII HAU to correction NIIHAU. Previously 1266 and 1267 was identified at the notional transition point until another lower serial number (with correction) could be identified/verified.

(With drum roll in the background..)

The newly assigned and verified transition serial number is 1043 and 1044!!!!

An anonymous collector actually own both medals.

This is a major Hawaiian numismatic find!

Roughly 35% of the 3,000 struck are error. To put it into a better perspective, a little over 1/3 of the medals are the NII HAU error type.

I traced the serial number and there were previously purchased at a major auction without the fact being made that these were the transition medals….