Super DC-8 United Air Lines Inaugural Flight 2M-399 and 2M-400


These two Hawaiian beauties are on their original card with original overwrap. Both are untouched by human hands, thereby, retaining its original mint luster. Please refer to page 126 of the book Hawaiian Money Standard Catalog, Second Edition, by Medcalf & Russell.

The significance of these medals to Hawaiiana numismatics is that the destination of the inaugural flight was Honolulu, Hawaii. On this flight passengers were gifted with the proof-like medal without card.  Official mintage figure is stated as 4,901 on the card; however, two other sources indicated a total mintage of 6,724. It can be assumed that the difference of 1,823 medals was provided by United to passengers, flight crew, ground crew, other employees and vendors working on the Super DC-8.

As for the mintage of 4,901 on the card, it can be  the census for the medals only issued on card.

The 651 and 4,901 on card census has also decreased as collectors discarded the card for direct access to the medal.

Duke Kahanamoku Statue Dedication Medal?

Tried to locate supporting information on a Duke token listed on ebay. None.  The blank reverse is an engraving pad. High probability its an appreciation medal of some sort (maybe for donors that made the statue possible?). It could even be a tourist souvenir.  I’m still looking into this token/medal….

Here is a very detailed thesis I found. Its a very good read on the Duke.,d.cWc

Process Set for the Official Hawaii Statehood Medal: Growing Flange

Hawaiian Money Standard Catalog 2nd Edition by Medcalf and Russell, page 100, states that about 30 bronze “production sets” were made for display purposes. My research indicates these sets were used for promotional purposes. This required the medals to be housed in a plaque for portability and ease for re-display from event to event.  The set is in my collection retains its original display plaque.

In census comparison with the official Hawaii Statehood medal in gold (50), the process  set is rarer (30).

progression set

The process set “flange” is a common trait for medals struck without a collar.  As each strike occurs he flange grows longer. After the final strike, the flange is removed by grinding (if you look at a completed medal you might see a few grinding marks.

Images are from my process set.




Gold Hapawalu

Mintage confusion of this coin was started by the Royal Hawaiian Mint.

What is its mintage?

RHM database indicates a mintage of 142. On the COA (rear inside cover of booklet) states a maximum mintage of 1000.  A number is also handwritten identifying its strike sequence. An example is 467 of 1000.

RHM never had a large production run for an individually issued gold coins. Production run of gold coin in sets never exceed 950 . Besides it makes good business sense to be flexible with minting coin. That is, have advance printing of the COA with estimated mintage and strike the coin based on demand not to exceed the maximum mintage. My best guess demand was not there.

I have ignored the COA mintage number and have been using 142 mintage number from the RHM database.