Honolulu Coin Club Medals

Only the 1990 Honolulu Coin Club 35th Anniversary medal (2M-182) is cataloged in the book, Hawaiian Money:  Standard Catalog, 2nd edition, 1991,  by Medcalf and Russell (M&R).

I used the term “only”, since there are two prior medals not cataloged in M&R. The 25th Anniversary and 30th Anniversary was not cataloged.

There are actually 4 Honolulu Coin Club medals that were not included in  the 1991 M&R  catalog.

In the book, Honolulu Coin Club Collectibles Catalog (and Related Items), 1984 , by Kam & Matsuda, they were assigned the following catalog numbers:

KMM-1 – 26 mm, undetermined metal, antique finish, mintage of less than 100

  • Obverse: HONOLULU COIN CLUB / 25th / ANNIVERSARY / 1955 – 1980 / (Aloha Tower with Diamond Head in background)
  • Reverse: HAWAII’S OLDEST COIN CLUB / HONOLULU COIN CLUB / (Hula girl in center)

KMM-1A:  26 mm, undetermined metal, shiny finish, mintage of less than 100

  • Obverse: HONOLULU COIN CLUB / 25th / ANNIVERSARY / 1955 – 1980 / (Aloha Tower with Diamond Head in background)
  • Reverse: HAWAII’S OLDEST COIN CLUB / HONOLULU COIN CLUB / (Hula girl in center)

KMM-2: 39 mm, silver, mintage of 100, serialized

  • Obverse: HONOLULU COIN CLUB / 30th / ANNIVERSARY/ (Aloha Tower with Diamond Head in background)
  • Reverse: HAWAII’S OLDEST COIN CLUB / 1955 – 1985 / (Hula girl left of  the 8 major Hawaiian islands)

KMM-2A: 39 mm, bronze, mintage of 100, serialized

  • Obverse: HONOLULU COIN CLUB / 30th / ANNIVERSARY/ (Aloha Tower with Diamond Head in background)
  • Reverse: HAWAII’S OLDEST COIN CLUB / 1955 – 1985 / (Hula girl left of  the 8 major Hawaiian islands)

The images are copyrighted from the book, Honolulu Coin Club Collectibles Catalog (and Related Items). The Honolulu Coin Club is still active and this blog entry is just making Hawaiiana collectors aware of their existence.

If you want the catalog it will cost you some $$:



Off on a Tangent – The Wake Island Token

When I was between the ages of 4 through 6 years old I lived on an atoll in the Pacific Ocean called Wake Island. My family  lived a few hundred feet from the beach. My dad was assigned to the island as a US Government worker. There was a post exchange, commissary, outdoor movie theater, government housing, and school.

Prior to me starting kindergarten,  I spent my days on my own beach with my little brother. It really was my own beach. When we arrived at the beach (with mom’s permission), I would look as far as possible to the right, then left. No one was on my  beach. With bucket in hand, we would capture all the sea creatures on the beach (we were not allowed to go in the ocean).  My little brother and I would go to the beach daily with our toys of the day.

On my first day of kindergarten, the class was introduced to the class pet. A deadly and poisonous lion fish. The class rule was never stick your hands in the fish tank.  After the school day, it was back to the beach. Every once in a while dad would take the boys (my three other brothers) 4-wheeling in a military jeep. We would also tour the flight-line and go around the atoll.

I also still remember dad and his friends would go diving and bring back things from their dives (black coral, large shells, and  Japanese glass balls (fish net floaters)).

Many wonderful memories on Wake Island.

Below is a Wake Island “token” being shown at a few websites.



Well,  you know that I had to investigate this so called “token”.

It turns out it is actually part of a Japanese produced  lighter. I acquired the lighter as a present for my dad. My dad does not smoke, but it would be a good piece for his “past travels collection”.






Mintage Numbers for the Precious Metals Hawaii’s Hawaiian Monarchs Series

The mintage numbers of the Precious Metal Hawaii’s Hawaiian Monarch Series has been determine based on an article from the ANA library (memberships has its privileges).

Based on the article, each of the gold and silver coin had a total projected mintage of 1,500 . The individual mintage for the 16 coins (8 gold and 8 silver) will most likely never be known.

Here is a rough estimate:

1,500 struck / 16 coins = 93.75 coins per coin design in both silver and gold.

The idea of having 1,500 coins struck per design and metal type (total 12,000) would be too much for a relatively unknown mint in Hawaii. Also, if you have monitored the Hawaiiana coin market, these coins appear once in a blue moon.

As I previously blogged, eight piece sets have been on the market. Also, a few Kamehameha the Great coins have been on the market. I have not personally seen the 7 other Hawaiian Monarch coins in the series sold individually.

As for the scarcity, I was told by a well known dealer in Hawaii that these coin are hard to come by. Most were melted in the boom is silver prices in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

From the article, the coins were made available nationally (address provided in this national distributed periodical).

As for why Medcalf & Russell did not listed the 1980 Hawaiian Monarch series in their 1991 book, I can venture a guess that it was simply missed.

As for the cancelled dies, it would make an excellent collectible.



During the past week, there was a 1/2 ounce silver Kamehameha the Great listed and sold on eBay.




Precious Metals Hawaii: 1 Oz Gold Kamehameha the Great

Back  in March 2013, I provided an image of the 1 ounce gold Kamehameha the Great issued by Precious Metals Hawaii.


The original mintage was found to be 1,500 for this coin.

I located a 1980 article indicating that it is from a series of 8 coins. However, if you remember the 1980’s the price of gold increased and most of these coins were melted.


There is also a silver 8 piece coin set by Precious Metals Hawaii  that I’m investigating with the ANA library. The set includes:

Kamehameha the Great

King Kamehameha II

King Kamehameha III

King Kamehameha IV

King Kamehameha V

King William Lunalilo

King David Kalakaua

Queen Liliuokalani



Here is a previous blog about the silver Kamehameha the Great that was sold individually in a presentation box.


The Honolulu Mint: King Kalakaua Gold & Silver Coins

I’m still investigating/documenting the coins from The Honolulu Mint. Here are some preliminary findings.

There is a 22 mm  KALAKAUA MOI O HAWAII coin struck in both gold and silver.

The gold coin is 7 grams (0.25 oz) and 24 KT gold.

The silver coin is 16 grams (0.564 oz) and 0.999 fine silver. The coin is thick.

Both share the same obverse. Both are dated 1886. A distinction can be seen in the lettering with some of the letter bases touching one another. The two stars on each side of the date is another distinction of these coins (from the other mints).

Both reverse differ as the images shows.

The gold coin uses the same reverse as the Queen Liliuokalani coin I mentioned in a blog a few days ago. The silver coin has the ‘Iolani Palace as the main design element and with the dates 1836 – 1891 (birth year and year of passing of King Kalakaua). The King’s motto ” Ho`oulu Lāhui” is placed above the palace. The silver coin reverse has no “SL” initials nor any other markings indicating it was struck by The Honolulu Mint.