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:


Hawaiiana Medals That Have “HK” Numbers


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.



Captain Cook Medals Issued by the Franklin Mint Pty Ltd (Australia)

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:

  • #1 Departure from Plymouth in 1768.
  • #2 Landfall at Tierra del Fuego 1769.
  • #3 Arriving at Matavai Bay Tahiti in 1769.
  • #4 Nick Young sighting the coast of NZ in 1769.
  • #5 Landing at Botany Bay in 1770.
  • #6 Endeavour strikes the Great Barrier Reef in 1770.
  • #7 Cook takes possession of NSW in 1970.
  • #8 Received at Court by King George III in 1771.
  • #9 The resolution and the Endeavour cross the Antarctic circle in 1773.
  • #10 Astronomical observations at Dusky Bay NZ in 1773.
  • #11 Cook takes on board Omai and Odiddy in 1773.
  • #12 Cook visits Easter Island in 1774.
  • #13 Landing at Erromanga, New Hebrides in 1774.
  • #14 Cook sits for portrait by Nathaniel Dance in 1776.
  • #15 Repairing the Resolution at Van Diemans Land in 1777.
  • #16 Last idyll in the Pacific in 1778. 
  • #17 Exploration of Nootka Sound in 1778.
  • #18 Cook reaches Siberia in 1778.
  • #19 Search for North West Passage in 1778.
  • #20 Death of Cook in 1779. 

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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