Update: So Called 50C (SC50C) Hawaii Statehood Medal

I’m in search of a specimen to disprove a theory. I’m looking for a low volcano thick specimen.

The theory is low volcano die was used first on thin planchets. The high volcano was latter used on thin planchets. The high volcano die was then used on thick planchets. To disprove this theory I must locate a low volcano thick planchet specimen (which should not exist).

Image shows from  right to left my theory. The specimens are in my personal collection.




My original post was :



HA is the stock symbol for Hawaiian Holdings Inc. The parent company of Hawaiian Airlines.

In 1977, the  Franklin Mint issued a proof silver ingot for Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. This was ingot No. 1 from the Airlines of the World Emblems set.

In 1999, the Royal Hawaiian Mint issued  medals (same obverse and reverse design, but one struck in silver and the other in cupra-nickel)  to celebrate its 70th years of service.

Why discuss this company?   I have vested interest as a stockholder.

HA is 3rd current top performer in  my portfolio with broker X.


Repunched Date – 1996 Princess Kaiulani Gold Hapaha

The US Postmaster at my local  Post Office handed me my latest acquisition today. A rarely seen Royal Hawaiian Mint 1996 Gold and Silver Proof set. Only 250 sets were assembled. The key coin in this set is the 1996 Princess Kaiulani Gold Hapaha. Below is my new set.


The images below are 60X magnification of the year 1996 on my specimen. Notice the multiple 1996?  Focus on the main number 1. Look to the right and see two images of 1’s. You can also see the doubling on the number 6.  Also, both 9’s have a thickness. No other parts of the coin show these symptoms.


This date doubling can also be seen on two other 1996 Gold Hapaha specimens. (Click image to enlarge).


Here is the last Gold  Hapaha specimen.


These 3 specimens are the same and have confirmed a repunched date.  There are no other doubling symptoms on the obverse.

This is a great find as this is the first documented minting process error from the Royal Hawaiian Mint.     Set number 89 is the discovery set for this error.

1996 Princess Kaiulani Gold Hapaha Crown

How elusive is this 22mm 1996 dated 1/4 ounce gold coin? I can point to documentation with  mintage number of 300 specimens.  There is a low probability that uncirculated specimens were struck.

If you look on the reverse of the coin you will see a 1994 dated RHM hallmark. What does this mean?

The reverse die from the 1994 Kaiulani Hapaha Gold Crown (proof mintage 950 and uncirculated mintage 75) was re-used with an obverse die dated  1996 with the Princess Kaiulani design.

Why did I bring up the 1996 Princess Kaiulani Gold Hapaha?

This is possibly the  last Hawaiian gold coin struck at the RHM before Bernard von NotHaus retired in 1998. Royal Hawaiian Mint publicly released  information indicates no Hawaiian design gold coin was struck in 1997 nor 1998.

1996b hapaha

The Pantheon Saloon Token – James Dodd

Original research by DrDarryl. Click to enlarge images. Image below is a TC-4858 variety of Medcalf & Russell (MR) 2TS-21.

1895 Pantheon Saloon Honolulu Token

  • James Dodd first started in a hotel and stable business in 1878.


  • James Dodd advertised drinks (ales, wines, and liquors) at his hotel in 1878.




  • Actual image of the Pantheon Saloon.



  • Another actual image of the Pantheon Saloon.


  • James Dodd renewed his retail spirit license in 1881 under the Pantheon Saloon business name.


  • James Dodd opened his new saloon on June 9, 1883


  • James Dodd died on January 21, 1900.


  • There are three documented versions of  M&R 2TS-21 Pantheon Saloon tokens.


  • A quick comparison of the 3 varieties: