Part 1.1: The “Wow Purchase”

I don’t actually have the medals in hand, but payment in full was made. The big reveal will occur when I have the medals in hand.

Here is a teaser for today.

The Wow purchase consist of two medals.  Both are  NGC “Top Pops” (highest graded) and there is a NGC population of 1 for each medal…



I’m Watching and Taking Notes…

The Royal Hawaiian Mint website indicates that the 1991 Royal Hawaiian Platinum Hapaumi Puela 1/10 Oz Platinum was never issued and only 23 were struck.

However, if you know your RHM database and are familiar with the issued sets… this coin was part of the Hawaiian Regency Collection set.

Mintage is now 923.  (900 issued in sets and 23 issued individually)

My May 26, 2013 discusses the Hawaiian Regency set.

Part 2: New Hawaii Error Identified

I’m sorry for this delayed announcement. There was an auction in progress for this error coin and I wanted to obtain a second specimen. The auction just ended this evening. A premature announcement would have drove up the final hammer price.

In a nutshell this is an error coin that was struck  in 1991 by the  The Honolulu Mint.  This error caught my eye after thoroughly checking out the images of an auction and looking for odd/peculiar traits.

The newly identified error coin is the 1991 Total Eclipse of the Sun coin, silver, 39.2 mm, and weighs 1 troy ounce.  Here are the two varieties (the later is the newly discovered  error):

(1) .999 SILVER hallmark struck on silver (non-error)

(2) .999 GOLD hallmark struck on silver (error)

The Honolulu Mint incorrectly used its .999 GOLD obverse die in striking several silver 1991 Total Eclipse of the Sun coins.

This is a significant error as the quality control of both The Honolulu Mint and Bishop Museum (ordered the coin to be struck) missed this error.  This error  may allow unscrupulous individuals to take advantage of the metal marking error. In this case, an unscrupulous individual can gold plate the error coin and sell it as a gold coin.

My quick research indicates that the GOLD error occurred with coins having a COA starting at roughly serial number 2000. The current earliest known GOLD error serial number is 2023. A quick review of auction sales indicates that 1 out of 11 has the GOLD error (making this error hard to come by).

Based on this GOLD obverse die, it can be said that The Honolulu Mint was planning to or had struck gold specimens in the size of 39.2 mm and in 1 troy ounce.  Auction records indicate that a 1/10 ounce gold 1991 Total Eclipse of the Sun coin was actually struck. I have not seen any images or records that a 1 ounce Gold 1991 Total Eclipse of the Sun coin was actually struck. (Let me know if you have images/COA of one.)

Single click on the image to enlarge. Double click to super enlarge the image.The SL initial stands for Steven Lee, coin designer at The Honolulu Mint.

Enjoy! And happy hunting for this newly identified error!


Part 1: The “Wow Purchase”

I’m ecstatic!

I’m about to add two great medals  to my collection.

I’m still working on closing on the purchase (non-auction).

One is a confirmed hold/purchase. The second medal, I finally decided  (about 30 minutes ago) to purchase it.

I cannot disclose the identities of these medals at the time being.

However, I will post images as soon as possible as “The Wow Purchase”.

You will be “wowed” by the world-class  standing and caliber of these medals.

Wonderful News -Royal Hawaiian Mint Selling Previous Inventory

The Royal Hawaiian Mint is selling items of the past at their website. Its hard to believe that they are selling previous inventory. Enjoy the limited bonanza! Hope you have some deep pockets , there are quite a few previous issues being sold! (And its not cheap). Current RHM re-sellers are going into a mild recession…

Update: 10:07 EST – After reviewing RHM inventory I picked up a few low mintage items. I was disappointed that only 2 gold items was being sold (1989 HSNA which I already have and undocumented 1996 1/20 oz)).

Hawaiian Medals on Postal Covers

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 Here is a link: 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.

FMR-E04 (2M-337)

FMR-E04 (2M-337)

FMR-E05 (2M-79)

FMR-E05 (2M-79)







FMR-PL01 (2M-375)

FMR-PL01 (2M-375)

FMR-PL24 (2M-351)

FMR-PL24 (2M-351)