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. https://thehawaiiananumismatist.com/2014/02/15/2mn-673a-queen-emma-hawaii-state-numismatic-association/

My Maui Coin Club “trifecta” was also discussed in a previous blog entry. https://thehawaiiananumismatist.com/2014/03/09/maui-coin-club-2m-316-silver-copper-and-2m-317-cupro-nickel/

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).


The “Other” Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Coin

I first spotted this coin at a collector website. I really like the obverse design.

I began to search the term “World Heritage Coin”. I found many other country’s World Heritage Coins, but nothing in the USA.

After searching a few minutes, I located the coin.

Can you locate this coin?

Do you know the popular Hawai’i artist who design the coin?

I found the source, the artist, and purchased one…(its being shipped to me). Source to be revealed in a future blog.



Honolulu Mint – Kim Taylor Reece Coin Jewelry and Issued Silver Coins

This is a continuation of the Honolulu Mint gold coins that were originally issued as jewelry. This blog is about the gold coins commissioned by Kim Taylor Reece.  These are 24KT gold coins mounted in 14KT gold mountings.


My findings also found that there are three silver 1 ounce silver Kim Taylor Reece coins that were issued by the Honolulu Mint


All are proof. The coin in the framed lithograph has the dancer in 24KT highlight plating. The lithograph image is same on the coin. The frame is solid cherry.

Honolulu Mint – Hawaiian Coin Jewelry

I eluded to this in my last blog. Several of the Honolulu Mint coins were originally issued as jewelry. You have to remember that their competition back then was the Royal Hawaiian Mint gold coins. If you notice in the image, you can see the known images in Honolulu Mint gold coins (Kamehameha, Liliuokalani, and Kaiulani).

I suspect that the coins now being seen (graded by ANACS) are leftover jewelry inventory coins that were never mounted. These are 24KT gold and is relative soft for use as a coin. Again, jewelry use is pointed out due to its pureness. Also, these gold coins are not dated.



Here is an ANACS Honolulu Mint Kaiulani. Click to enlarge


Honolulu Mint Issues

The original Honolulu Mint went bankrupt in 1995. I’ve been performing research on its issues. Mintage numbers are hard to locate. However, I did locate a few with limited issues (will not reveal them at this time). My preliminary research has not enough material for a book, but a good article could be written.

Here is some preliminary information on two series. The code can be located on the rear of the collector jacket. As you can see, I have a working spreadsheet from the image. There are some errors (letter O used instead of number zero) in my spreadsheet.




Below is the i’iwi collector jacket (rear view). Note the code (from my spreadsheet) under the bar code.



This is the front of the collector jacket.




Overall, the Honolulu Mint issues are limited to specific collection areas. One issue that I see is that they issued several coins only on jewelry.