Medcalf & Russell 2M-79 James Cook Medal

Medcalf & Russell lacked stating the mintage.

Also listed as FMR-E05 in my book, The Hawaiiana Numismatist’s Catalog of Franklin Mint Issues Relating to Hawaii. http://www.amazon.com/Hawaiiana-Numismatists-Catalog-Franklin-Relating/dp/1496144821/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1408672878&sr=8-1&keywords=the+hawaiiana+numismatist

Mintage is finally stated as 2,216 in this book.

One of the overlooked items is that most specimens are taken out of its COA (yes the envelope reverse is a COA). It is very difficult to locate specimens intact in its original envelope.

The reason I am discussing this medal is that within a weeks time, I located two specimens and acquired  both for my collection. (I am both a postal cover collector and medal collector relating to Hawaii).  One is addressed to an US address and the other to a Canada address. I’ve been searching for intact specimens for the longest time and all of a sudden two appear for sale.

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