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.