Tax Strategy

Implemented income tax offset tax strategy by making a charitable donation of highly appreciated philatelic assets that offsets the tax on my 2014 earned income. Philatelic assets appreciated 3470.588 % (not a typo) over a 12 year period. Highly appreciated philatelic assets are duplicates in my collection.  Now if I can get my numismatic assets to appreciate as fast I’ll be a happy camper….

Alapi’i Collecting – H.M.S. Resolution.

Read the Tab  “Alapi’i Collecting” for more information.

If you know your Hawaiiana history you should know the name of the ship that Captain Cook sailed when he arrived on the Hawaii islands for the first time.

Below are  philatelic First Day Covers (FDC) with a numismatic medal. Imagine that … two hobbies in one!

Identified as K105B from the book The Faces of Captain Cook by Allan Klenman. Issued by Fleetwood. 32mm in high relief.

These are original bronze and sterling silver medals. The FDC serves as a COA. These medal as unlisted in M& R in both editions and the medals wre issued in 1978.


Using only the Medcalf & Russell book as a single source of information can be limiting….

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ABNC Souvenir Card Specimen Kingdom of Hawaii 1879 $50 Silver Certificate of Deposit Intaglio Reprint

ABNC Souvenir Card Specimen Kingdom of Hawaii 1879 $50 Silver Certificate of Deposit Intaglio Reprint

I’ve seen a few of these previously specimens sold at auction. These are not listed in Medcalf & Russell (see page 20, 2BN-1 through 2BN-7).  I have  2BN-1 through 2BN-7 in my collection.

Aloha Money -Eisenhower Dollar

Unlisted Aloha Money Overstrike of Eisenhower dollar. 

Images of my special request (from my recent Royal Hawaiian Mint order) for a Bi-centennial Eisenhower dollar with Aloha Money overstrike



Unlisted in Medcalf & Russell.

Unlisted in Krause Publication (there are 6 Royal Hawaiian Mint  issues listed).

Listed in Waifs in Gold Boots (Royal Hawaiian Mint database) by association with 1993 Aloha Money Overstrike Set of Six. The comparison with the 1993 Aloha Money Overstrike Set of Four provides a mintage figure of 275. Combined Aloha Money overstrike on US Mint clad issues are:

25c, 10c, 5c, and 1c : mintage of 790 for each.

$1 and 50c : mintage of 275 each

There are other US Mint silver issues also counter stamped with the same Aloha Money overstrike (as listed by Krause Publication and nowhere else)

US Morgan silver dollar (dated 1883)

US American Eagle (dated 1993)

A complete Aloha Money overstrike type series would be an interesting collection to pursue. As well as collection all possible US Mint varieties of  the Eisenhower dollar receiving the Aloha Money Overstrike from the 275 mintage.

Images of my 1974 Eisenhower dollar with Aloha Money overstrike


Lucky 8 – Received a Royal Hawaiian Mint Bonus

This morning I was reviewing the 1998 Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau Silver Dala and uncovered a RHM mistake.

There are up to 8 other individuals who may have received an unexpected RHM bonus.

Here is a snippet of my working RHM database. (yellow background has no meaning). DOUBLE CLICK TO ENLARGE.


If you carefully focus on the word “Bureau” you will notice the silver mintage of 10 and a pattern designation! Also, the obverse wording matches what I received (bronze version listed just above).

The coin was incorrectly identified and sold at the RHM website.

As for the lucky 8 designation, I actually ordered 2 of these coins! (RHM recently removed this coin’s listing at their website). I now own 2 of the 10 pattern coins!