1974 Maui Coin Club Silver Uniface Medal (Explained)

Below are images of a 1974 Maui Coin Club Silver Uniface Medal in my collection.



Information from Pressed Metal Products (PMP) (original manufacturer of the Maui Coin Club medals) indicates that this was a special striking that  allowed the club to use the reverse as an engraving pad.

It also can be said that the  two images on upper left page 120 (identified as 2M-314 and obv 2M-302 are s incorrectly labelled) of Medcalf & Russell.

The left most image should be labelled 2M-302 obv. The middle image should be labelled 2M-302 rev.

Below is a portion of an email from PMP.


Note the reverse image is not as shown on page 120, however the design elements are there (without text). It appears the reverse was modified to reduce the design elements to allow text to be fitted in (as show on page 120).

There are no mintage numbers for this  special 1974 Maui Coin Club uniface striking. Original  striking  mintage is 250. If I had to venture a guess, I would say a dozen or less. The  uniface specimen in my collection was purchased from an individual currently living on Maui.

Finally, this uniface medal should be M&R listed.


2M-136 and 2M-137 Hawaiian Postage 2 Cents

Both were recently added to my collection. The sellers did not properly identify these items. A quick check of the images and comparison to 2M-136 and 2M-137 listing confirmed a match.

It’s great that the seller’s  images included the original packaging.

Below is 2M-136.  Note the last line indicates “99 Co.”  M&R also states it was  issued by 99 Co. The reverse of the packaging (not shown)  indicated “JEWELERS BRONZE JAPAN”. These words also used in M&R.




Below is 2M-137  Note the last line also indicates “99 Co.”   The reverse of the packaging (not shown)  indicated “SILVER 1.000 FINE JAPAN”. These words also used in M&R.



Both were issued in 1973 with a mintage of 999 each.

Transpacific Yacht Club – Honolulu Race

Image is of an unfinished bronze plaque (single sided) of the Transpacific Yacht Club – Honolulu Race (or simply Transpac Race) .  This  race is held in odd numbered years.

The Transpac Race was originally the vision of Hawaii’s King Kalākaua as a way to build the islands’ ties with the mainland US.

Since its humble beginning in 1906, the Transpac Race has become the oldest and longest enduring ocean race in the world and a “must do” on many sailors’ list of races.

This specimen was added to my collection as a Hawaiiana curiosity piece in bronze. It’s 107  mm is diameter. It large and heavy…




Below is an official plaque in brass that was awarded in 1955.




When is the Royal Hawaiian Mint Not the Royal Hawaiian Mint?

The title of this blog entry seems a bit confusing. Let me explain. I will be discussing a curious King Kalakaua coin that is being misrepresented as a Bernard von NotHaus’s  Royal Hawaiian Mint issue. This misrepresentation also applies to a few other coins that I will point out at the end of this blog.

For the curious King Kalakaua coin. In 1969, Royal Hawaiian Coins Inc (of Honolulu, Hawaii) had a division named “Royal Hawaiian Mint”. Their issues are anodized aluminum with gold color. You will see a a “RHM” hallmark to the left of the King’s portrait and just above the left dot. These are tourist coins sold in decorative package for mailing. Below is an image of one (click to enlarge, click twice for max size) with packaging in rough shape. If you read the reverse, it provides a date and business name of the manufacturer as described earlier (Royal Hawaiian Coins Inc with a Royal Hawaiian Mint division).


This coin was also used in other decorative Hawaii items. Below is an image (click to enlarge, click twice for max size) of an  inaugural 747  flight by Continental Airlines on June 26, 1970.  If you carefully look at the coin, you will see the RHM hallmark above the left dot. Both the pre-packaged coin and the embedded coin are one in the same.


Now, if you look at the Medcalf & Russell book on page 134. A short history is provided about the mint names used by Bernard von NotHaus. In 1986, he re-organized and began to use the “Royal Hawaiian Mint” name.

Now you see the issue?

The Royal Hawaiian Mint of 1969 is not the same as The Royal Hawaiian Mint of 1986!

To further clear up the issue, look at the description of 2M-230 (page 115).  The three images above are of 2M-230 (anodized aluminum with gold color). The above coins are not a product of Bernard von NotHaus.

To prevent confusion, the proper description a seller should be using is … “minted by the Royal Hawaiian Mint, a division of Royal Hawaiian Coins Inc”.

Now…to the other coins by the Royal Hawaiian Mint, a division of Royal Hawaiian Coins Inc.

Medcalf & Russel 2M-322 (Menehune Money), 2M-280 (Queen Liliuokalani), and and unlisted Princess Kaiulani. It just so happens an eBay seller has listed a set in their original packaging.