I normally have a music artist from Hawaii playing in background (mostly from youtube.com) when I write for this blog. For your enjoyment…Kalei Gamiao
One evening (December 2013) I was populating the Hawaii State section of a website with specimens from my collection. I was at the point where I completed the addition of my 1974 Maui Coin Club (MCC) uniface medal to the database. Curiosity about this medal made me research the internet for duplicates and other MCC medals. I received no search hits.
After re-reading the MCC pages in the book, Hawaiian Money Standard Catalog 2nd Edition by Medcalf & Russell, I searched for the minter, Pressed Metals Products (PMP) from Canada. I received a hit, clicked on it, and was directed to PMP official website. I explored the website and found images relating to the MCC medals. I send an email to PMP requesting permission to use the images for the website. I did indicate that PMP would receive full credit as the source for the images.
PMP was the original minter of the Maui Coin Club (MCC) medals issued between 1973 through 1981. MCC disbanded in 1981. After a few days I received a reply from PMP. They denied me image use rights based on the fact that MCC owned the designs and their approval was required. I immediately provided evidence that the MCC organization was no longer active (sent images of pages 120 and 121 from the Hawaiian Money Standard Catalog 2nd Edition). At that point, PMP was supportive with my request and granted me image use rights for the website. They also asked if I could use better quality images. I replied “yes”.
PMP searched their archive and found several MCC “working samples” or simply “samples”. Samples are struck at the same time as the original order. A sample was used to judge the quality of the medal from the production run and was later placed in their archive as a reference.
Organizations ordering medals from PMP are told samples are kept. It is unlikely that these organizations are aware in the existence of PMP’s archive of samples. All samples within PMP archive has never left their minting facility and are not considered “issued” medals. Samples are not re-strikes. PMP destroys dies that reach the age of 10-years old. In the case of MCC, no MCC official claimed the MCC samples before or after MCC disbanded. Images of the MCC samples were provided to me to use at the website.
In one email exchange, I inquired about my 1974 MCC uniface medal (PMP later provided very helpful information). In the same email, I jokingly asked if I could buy a few MCC “samples” for my collection. I believed it would be impossible to buy any in their archive. I was pleasantly shocked in that they entertained the idea of selling their archived MCC medals to me. They asked for an estimated value for each medal and I provided it.
After a few days, they made the decision to sell their MCC samples to me since they were collecting dust and it would be in better hands with someone who would appreciate them. They ask me to provide a buy price. I quickly provided a buy price for their entire inventory of MCC samples.
A few days later PMP sent an email indicating they found two more MCC samples in their archive and provided me with an amended buy price. I agreed to the terms of the amended buy price with two conditions. Condition 1: Do not clean the medals. Ship them to me as how it was found in the archive. Condition 2: Provide me a letter of provenance (with a signature by a company official) indicating I am the original purchaser of the MCC samples, include a complete inventory of the purchased MCC medals, and their status as MCC working samples.
The MCC medals were delivered today. I am the proud owner of rather unique set of MCC medals. Below is one of the medals received today. Click to enlarge.
I searched the world for this book and found a copy in the United Kingdom. I purchased it from an antiquarian book shop. You may search Amazon.com but none will be available. This is an out of print book that was published in 1983. Written by Allan Klenman with a Foreward by William J. Mira.
This is an excellent reference book for Hawaiiana numismatists. There are several medals with Hawaii ties. In fact M&R is used as a reference (along with the Medcalf & Fong book). Very detailed information about the coins and medals (and with pictures!).
Here is a sample of K100 (K reference numbers is used in the book). Sorry for the quality as this is a “like new book” and I did not want to upset its pristine binding (i.e. did not force it down onto the scanner).
Remember a few blogs ago I wrote about the Princess Kaiulani Silver 1/10 ounce Die Discovery by identifying new initials on the obverse die? Here are the links to those blogs:
Well, I made another discovery on a 1991 King Kalakaua Akahi Dala. The same initials are also present on this coin. In addition, a new RHM can be seen on just about the “wb” initials.
Acquired a copper version of 2M-306. I’m not sure why M&R lists two medals (silver and copper) with the same identifier. A set will most likely be broken. I believe the silver mate to this copper medal was melted for its silver content. Once again, this visual example will help you correctly identify 2M-306. Also, if you compare the description of 2M-306 (page 120 of M&R) you will see the discrepancy in missing information. Enjoy!