Update: 1983 Unofficial HSNA Medal 2M-199

I struck a deal with the current owner for purchasing his  2M-199. Funds were  transfered and USPS tracking number provided.

I will provide images as soon as the medal arrives.

Based on the M&R description, the medal is 39 mm. with two 21 mm counterstamps

The original owner’s image indicates the medal was struck with a blank reverse. At a later time “HSNA” and “1983” was stamped. The two counterstamps were also added later. The counterstamps was stamped with too much pressure that it caused two 21 mm dimples to form on the reverse. I’m speculating that BVNH performed the stamping and counterstamps at the 1983 HSNA show as a demonstration.

Interesting specimen…This may be the only RHM medal with two obverse counterstamps on one side. it may also be the only 21mm counterstamps by the RHM.

1986 Kamehameha Dala in Bronze – Unlisted in RHM Database

My bargain coin of the week purchased for $13.79

This bronze version is unlisted in the Royal Hawaiian Mint database. The silver version is listed with a mintage of 500.

Krause lists the silver version as X# MB19 with a mintage of 500 (mintage matches the RHM database).

Krause lists the bronze version as X# MB19a with a mintage of 50. Yes, 50!

The green patina on the image is the giveaway that makes it a bronze version. Silver has no green patina….


* Krause (or Krause Publications) who published the book

Medcalf & Russell 2M-199: 1983 Unofficial Hawaii State Numismatic Association Medal

This is a 1983 Unofficial Hawaii State Numismatic Association medal struck by The Hawaiian Mint. It was handed out free to the 1983 HSNA show attendees.

In 1983, The Hawaiian mint moved its operations back to Honolulu and the coin was most likely an advertising piece to get the 1983 HSNA attendee interested in the mint’s products.

The below images were provided by Milo.









Playing the Mintage Figure Game – Aloha Money Overstikes

The RHM database lists two Aloha Money Overstrike  row entries. One is a 4 piece set and the other is 6 piece set. This is where creative accounting takes place.

1) They are separately listed as 4 and 6 piece  set. (1 point awarded to  RHM for minimizing the mintage figure by distinguishing the two types of sets).

2) Simply total up the set numbers to get the true mintage figure (1 point to me for seeing through the RHM charades in the mintage game).

$1 – 275 mintage

50c – 275 mintage

25c – 790 mintage

10c – 790 mintage

5c – 790 mintage

1c- 790 mintage

3) Sellers who break up the 6-piece set took a hit selling  $1 and 50c specimens individually. They offered specimens with low mintage (275)  (1 point for me in seeing the mintage leverage in  buying the $1 and 50c  rarities individually) (Hint if you see the $1 or 50c specimen there are only 275 of them out there!).

4) Sellers who break  up the 6-piece set assume collectors will purchase each coin at the inflated price. This is not true in breaking up complete sets (1 point for me in only cherry picking only the $1)

5) The well versed Hawaiiana Collectors should know that there is an ulterior motive in only collecting the $1. This is because there are two other different US dollar size coins  (guess what they are)  with the Aloha Money Overstrike. Imagine having a complete set of US Dollar size coins with the Aloha Money Overstrike. (1 point for me in exposing the Aloha Money US Dollar size trifecta). By the way, the 50c Aloha Money Overstrike has no companion coins except the original 4 peice set.

Final score


Sellers 0

Me 4

Kidding aside, literally taking  RHM mintage figure on a per row basis can make you make some selling and/or purchasing mistakes. Understand the RHM database. Look at adjacent rows. Take good notes (my copy of the RHM has notes everywhere).

Here is 1 of 275 Eisenhower Dollar overstrikes.

ike1 ike2