Kamehameha I “with Welt” from The Hawaiian Mint

The top coin below shows you how to locate the Kamehameha I “with Welt” variety from The Hawaiian Mint.

The photo is the obverse from a 1975 Kamehameha I with AG hand stamped on reverse.

The welt is curved raised bump that runs from both sides of the lower dot.

Previously unreported anomalies are the deformed lower dot and a raised spot that intersects the area below the King’s chin and the center of the letter “I” in the word HAWAII.

The lower coin is without the welt.

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Below is an image without my yellow markings and shows the welt.

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Kamehameha welt


The 1975 struck sterling silver Kamehameha I – Welt with “AG hand stamped” and no “sterling hand stamp”   has a mintage of 6 (note: year on the coin is 1976).   This coin type is the 5th listed to be ever struck by The Hawaiian Mint (according to the RHM database).

As a side note, there is another AG version with a second hand stamp of “STERLING” next to the “AG” that was struck in 1976  (it has a mintage of 350).

New Find: Earliest NORFED Known Design Connection With the Royal Hawaiian Mint

I’ve been researching the NORFED and Royal Hawaiian Mint connection once again.

I made my first  discovery of the connection with Ms. Liberty on the NORFED  issues  and the 1992 Gold Salute issues by the Royal Hawaiian Mint.



The first NORFED issue has another tie in with a pre-1992 issue and is the earliest known design tie in with the Liberty Dollars. Here is a refresher for those not familiar with the 1998 Liberty Dollar with the Shelter System Reverse.


Below is the new find. The shelter system reverse was used on a pre-1992 Royal Hawaiian Mint issue. I’m in the process of locating a specimen for my research.  I know the Royal Hawaiian Mint coin and the  hunt is on!

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2007 $5 Discoverers Dala – Liberty Dollar

One aspect of coin collecting that I really enjoy is understanding the motivation for creating the  coin’s design.

The Discoverers Dala is based on engravings by John Webber. John Webber was the official artist on Captain Cook’s ship when Hawaii was discovered. Below are the portraits used by the Royal Hawaiian Mint to create the obverse design of the $5 Discoverers Dala (the portraits originally was used on the Ho’omaha’o Dala design)





The use of the John Webber portraits is based on the official RHM announcement on September 14, 2007 .



Below is the image of the 2000 Ho’omaha’o Dala design.