Royal Hawaiian Mint – 1992 Gold Salute 1/10 Ounce Gold

The Hawaiiana Numismatic buying frenzy on eBay missed this gem.

It was also missed by Liberty Dollar collectors.

A scant mintage of 20 by the Royal Hawaiian Mint.

Yes…only 20 specimens struck.

From my research, this coin is the precursor to the NORFED Miss Liberty obverse design by Bernard von NotHaus.

In 1998, the first NORFED Liberty Dollars were issued (listed in the RHM database as 1998 Silver Liberty with Shelter System’s logo).



FMR-E06 : Hawaiiana Related Medals from the Franklin Mint Postal Covers


Catalog number FMR-E06  is from my book, The Hawaiiana Numismatist’s Catalog of Franklin Mint Issues Relating to Hawaii. The book maybe purchased at

FMR = Medal was produced by Franklin Mint and is Round (FMI is an ingot)

E= Event related medal

06 = 6th event related medal listing

Image below  is an original FMR-E06 on First Day postal cover. The term “cover”  is an envelop affixed with a stamp and postmarked. A First day Cover has a stamp that is postmarked on its first day of issue.

Medal is 39mm Proof.  Cover is postmarked Honolulu, Hawaii. The reverse of the cover serves as a COA.

The  medal features Captain  James Cook looking through telescope with Hawaiian sailing canoe and outrigger canoes on ocean background.

Omitted in Medcalf & Russell (2nd edition was published in 1991). Note the postmark is dated 1978.

The only way to obtain an original FMR-E06 is from a broken-up  1978 Postmasters of America cover set (there are 18 covers in this set).

The medal is sometimes sold without the cover (inexperience collectors/dealers remove the silver medal and discard the “envelope” rendering the medal as unidentifiable).

My book Hawaiiana Numismatist’s Catalog of Franklin Mint Issues Relating to Hawaii now catalogs this medal with full obverse and reverse images and provides detailed information (set from, mintage, previous listing in M&R (if any), etc…

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Pearl Harbor Commemorative Bronze Medals – Hamilton Mint

I purchased a complete bronze set in original wooden display  box.  These medals are individually listed in Medcalf & Russell: 2M-500 through 2M-560 (every 3rd increment is bronze).

Medcalf & Russell (page 129) indicates to look at page 121 (error…should be page 123) for complete Pearl Harbor Commemorative medal sets. No complete bronze set is listed…

Complete set  (and display box) was purchased for $20 (not a typo).



1994 Princess Kaiulani Save the Ocean 1/20 Gold

This is a tough coin to locate. Most of the specimens I’ve seen were ex-jewelry. I purchased it on the spot today.  It does not look like an ex-jewelry specimen. Mintage 225.

The 1/20 oz and 1/10 oz  Princess Kaiulani obverse are notoriously weakly struck from a worn-out die.

In the images you can see the deterioration of the obverse die. Images are from seller eBay seller zeslain_1.




Maui Coin Club 2M-312 Working Sample

Reviewed a few medals in my collection today. The Maui Coin Club 2M-312 in silver was my coin to share today. I purchased this coin from the original minter (Pressed Metal Products) several months ago. Search my blog for keywords “Maui Coin Club” for the story behind these acquisitions.

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1994 Princess Kaiulani Mahalo Dala – The Meredith Specimen

This is a unique specimen I obtained from author Lynne Meredith. Mintmaster  Bernard von NotHaus of the Royal Hawaiian Mint created this presentation piece for her for the work she performed in support of the Hawaiian sovereignty movement. She watched him perform  multiple strikes on this coin to create this unique  proof specimen. The die pairing is a “mule” (mismatched pair of an observe die and reverse die to form a new coin). In this case here, the  obverse die of 1994 Princess Kaiulani and reverse die of a 1996 Mahalo Dala  were struck together to create this one of a kind coin.

Mahalo Dala

2MN-673 and 2MN-67a – 1973 Queen Emma Set

Completed my second “trifecta” of Hawaii coin club medals.

This is my Hawaii State Numismatic Association set in bronze, silver, and aluminum.



The aluminum specimen was acquired first and described in a previous blog entry.

My Maui Coin Club “trifecta” was also discussed in a previous blog entry.

It’s really challenging  to locate  each of the specimens for a single year. I’ve only seen one set being offered with all medal types at one dealer (was not interested at the time). I wished I purchased that 1980Duke Kahanamoku HSNA set (price was high at the time and my interest was focused on RHM gold).