Medcalf and Russell cataloged only a few of the Hawaiian related medals originally issued on US Postal covers created by the Franklin Mint. In fact, they never acknowledged that these medals were actually part of Postal Covers. Below are the complete set of Franklin Mint’s Hawaii related Postal Cover medals up to the year 1984. Note the 1984 year, as the Medcalf and Russell book 2nd edition was published in 1991, hence the unlisted medals identified in this blog entry were mistakenly left out of their book.
Catalog numbers (with images) are from my book The Hawaiiana Numismatist’s Catalog of Franklin Mint Issues Relating to Hawaii The book is available at amazon.com. Here is a link: http://goo.gl/ZQhqmg. I left out the mintage on purpose (actual minatage are in my book)
Medcalf and Russell catalog numbers are in parentheses.
If you only collect Hawaiiana numismatics by the Medcalf and Russell’s book you are missing out on the newly cataloged findings from my book (review the images below).
The envelope’s reverse is a COA. I really don’t understand why collectors discard the COA. A true collector would collect specimens in original envelope/COA. Also, notice the individual covers identified as “First Day of Issue”. These are actually released on the first day of issue of the stamp in Hawaii.
The challenge in collecting these medals was to find broken-up Franklin Mint sets to obtain specimens. The reward I got was the pleasure in identifying and cataloging the unlisted medals (and its cover) in my book.