I checked my collection and found an undocumented 1997 dated Kaiulani coin….
Reverse has a 1996 hallmark…
I also have an undocumented silver 1997 Kaiulani Hapaiwakalua….
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.
Original research by DrDarryl. Click to enlarge images. Image below is a TC-4858 variety of Medcalf & Russell (MR) 2TS-21.
Someone asked a question about the Alaska-Hawaii Statehood medals. They can be cross listed with the Hibler & Kappen book. When medals are cross-listed this indicated there is a demand from different specialty areas. I did previously report that the dual numbering system is a problem with the third party grading services (NGC, PCGS, etc…) resulting in an in accurate census. Here is an online HK reference.
I’ve been monitoring the availability of a 20 medal set titled: The Voyages of Captain James Cook. This is a Franklin Mint issued set that was only offered in Australia. That is right. Solely in Australia.
The hallmark on the rim is FML (different from the USA hallmark). The sets were available in sterling silver and 24KT gold plated sterling silver. The 20 medals focuses on Captain Cooks travels and are:
Medal #16 and #20 are significant specimens for Hawaiian collectors as they depict Captain Cook and Hawaiians. Technically these are Franklin Mint issues (Medcalf & Russell lists several Franklin Mint issues). As such, these two medals will be included in the guidebook I’m writing.
These two medals (and the set) are not generally known to exist by the Hawaiian collector. As a Franklin Mint specialist for items relating to Hawaii, this is the first public documentation about the set and medals directed toward the Hawaii collector.
During the past year I seen 4 sets sold in Australia (auction house and auction websites). I’ve seen 3 sets listed on ebay (1 was re-listed twice). The cost of the set to cannibalize 2 medals was not worth the price as the remaining 18 would be a bear to resale in the US. However, a dealer in New Zealand recently listed all 20 24 KT gold plated on sterling medals individually. I picked up medals #16 and #20 at a reasonable price plus shipping. I’m still in the process of studying this medal series (i.e. there is an “S” on the bottom of the reverse. Does it stand for Sydney?). The Franklin Mint hallmarks are normally on the rim.
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