What is your top Hawaiian coin in your collection?

A few year ago, the top coin in my collection was a 1883 Hawaii Quarter with great eye appeal. It was a NGC MS66. In fact, I was and still  is surprised that NGC used it’s image on their website. I sold the coin (foolish me). But at least I still have a PhotoProof folder of it (I ordered two when I had the service done. The other is with the coin’s new owner). Here is my former Hawaii Quarter. I just love the aqua blue hues. Make sure you click on the image to see it close up…


Today, I have to say that my 1991 Princess Kaiulani in uncirculated condition is my favorite. Only 55 struck and its 1 ounce of gold!.


1995 RHM Unification 1/20 oz Gold Coin

Close-up images of my new acquisition.

Mintage is 200.

This specimen is from a dispersed 1995 Ku’apapa Mo’i Gold Proof Set (1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/10, and 1/20 oz gold coins). As you can see in the images, it is in a holder (NGC PF 69 Ultra Cameo).



KAMEHAMEHA I, HAWAII with Kamehameha in headdress holding spear.





UNIFICATION, KU’APAPA MO’I, 1/20 with Diamond Head, canoe, and pahoa (Hawaiian knife inbedded with shark teeth).

The Honolulu Mint – Endangered Species Series (designated as THN-THM-ESXX series)

There is a Hawaiian Endangered Species series that was issued by The Honolulu Mint.

The Honolulu Mint series is not well documented for the the Hawaiian specialist. This is good for some collectors (those who know can buy the series specimens at low prices), but bad for the whole Hawaiian coin collecting community (they are not really known, so collectors tend to shy away from them).

Below is the Nene Goose from the series. It comes in a booklet with the coin visible from both sides. The holder is well made and provides interesting facts about the the Nene Goose and the coins. It also functions as a COA. The coin is 27mm in diameter. This coin was issued in 2001.

Note that it was sold at the Bishop Museum (see the sticker). The selling price is also listed. Portion of the sale is to be donated to help protect the Nene Goose. It can be surmised that this series is  limited issued.

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Here are a few other species in the collection series.







More information about this series can be read at The Honolulu Mint website…



The series is cataloged here as  THN-THM-ESXX

THN = The Hawaiian Numismatist

THM= The Honolulu Mint

ES=Endangered Species

XX = Unique Identifier

  • THN-THM-ES01 – Dolphin
  • THN-THM-ES02 – Green Sea Turtle
  • THN-THM-ES03 – Humpback Whale
  • THN-THM-ES04 – Humuhumunukunukuapua’a
  • THN-THM-ES05 –  I’iwi
  • THN-THM-ES06 – Monk Seal
  • THN-THM-ES07 – Moorish Idol
  • THN-THM-ES08 – Nene Goose


The Honolulu Mint also states that:

An Exclusive, Limited Edition Collectible Coin Set
The Honolulu Mint offers a limited edition of the Hawaiian wildlife endangered species coin collection in a .999 pure silver one ounce coin; deluxe sets of .999 pure gold one ounce coin with two .999 pure silver one ounce coins. All coins are proof-minted quality with a certificate of authenticity.”

If you have images of these coins Please provide me images to aid in cataloging this series. Thank you.

The ESXX series may expand  by 16 (8 – 1 oz silver coins and 8 – 1 oz gold coins). It will depend on the gold/silver deluxe set combination(s).

Interesting Find – University of Hawaii Silver Medallion / Medal Project

I was investigating the aluminum UU Meadow Gold Dairy token and found this brochure for a silver UH medallion/medal.

I am not a UH alumni, but this is an interesting item for the Hawaiian specialist. Note the prices. I’m not sure why the club went though the effort to ask individuals to reserve a serial number.

It makes better sense to limit the serial numbers to the numbers actual struck. As numismatists know, the lower the serial number means the more valuable (as the dies are fresher and the result is a better looking coin).

Now the numbering system is a issue for collectors, as 1,000 medals are to be struck and only certain numbers are assigned the “higher price”. Without the “serial number decoder”, they will be just worth the bullion value unless the serial number is really low….




1992 University of Hawaii Commercial Token – Meadow Gold Dairy + AM 76 KGU Radio Station

Found this interesting University of Hawaii (UH) related token. Meadow Gold Dairy and radio station KGU 76 AM (Hawaii’s first radio station, est. 1922) provided the 1992 UH football schedule on a green aluminum token.

I’m not sure if this is a single year issue.

Meadow Gold Dairy in Lincoln Nebraska had these issued from 1982 through 2009 with no co-sponsor. http://www.huskerj.com/Coins/MeadowGold.html




Maui Coin Club Medals – 2nd Acquisition

In an earlier blog entry, I discussed the purchase of 8 “working samples” of Maui Coin Club (MCC)  medals from the archives of Pressed Metal Products (PMP). PMP is the original minter of the MCC medals from 1973 – 1981.   https://thehawaiiananumismatist.com/2014/01/17/my-new-maui-coin-club-medal-specimens/

In February 2014, I also made a 2nd and final acquisition that consisted of 12 additional medals of which 5 were MCC medals.

Currently, my MCC collection consist of 14 medals (1 uniface and 13 working samples).

Each acquisition was a once-in-a- lifetime purchase (archived working samples struck over 3 decades ago and purchased directly from the original minter).

The  issued version counterparts (relating to my MCC medal collection) each have a population of 100 or less.

There are only 13 known working samples of MCC medals, making them extremely rare and their pedigree is documented with two letters of provenance (a letter from each acquisition).

A full inventory and images of my MCC medal collection will be provided in future blog entries. As for the 7 medals I eluded too (12 acquired – 5 MCC  = 7). These 7 medals will be kept as a mystery for the time being. However, they are also working samples…



1984 Kalakaua Gold Statehood Iki

This is the coin from a previous blog entry that I won from an online auction (non-eBay). The auction house gave minimal description and impaired images.  This coin is not uncirculated as described in the auction. I would graded it between XF and AU. Price was still bargain at $100 hammer price. (original issue price was $59, M&R 1991 price is  $85).

The Hawaiian Mint gold coins with mintage less that 300 are extremely hard to locate.