NGC Registry: Updated My Hawaii Statehood Medal Design Type Set

I noticed that someone had quoted my NGC Registry custom set with their eBay auction listing for a Hawaii Statehood medal. Since its is being somewhat acknowledged as a numismatic reference (which I gladly appreciate) I decided to review and update my custom set.

Of particular interest for this  custom set update are:

(1) The addition of three references

(2) Update to the Type 2- The Heraldic Art Company Medal Design for:

a. Identification of previously undocumented 2M-5 variety that is  unlisted in Medcalf & Russell. 180 degree rotated die with thick planchet

b. Identification of previously undocumented 2M-4 varieties that are unlisted in Medcalf & Russell. Low and high volcano placement on thin planchet.

c. Identification of previously undocumented 2M-5 variety that is unlisted in Medcalf & Russell.  High volcano placement on thick planchet. (A request has been made to locate a low volcano on thick planchet to prove/disprove my low/high volcano thesis)

d. Identification of previously undocumented 2M-6 (gold) variety that is unlisted in Medcalf & Russell. Gold issue is only available with low volcano variety.

Here is the link for this NGC Registry custom set:

All the updates were previously documented in my blog. The image below is the low vs high volcano variety. My thesis is that the Low variety dies were first used, then the High volcano dies were used. Gold issue reflects low volcano (early strike). Thin issue has both the low and high volcano. Thick issue is currently seen with only high volcano.

All information discussed here (with the exception of the 180 degree rotate die)  is the result of my original research findings.


The Honolulu Mint – University Issues

I’ve been investigating the products of the Honolulu Mint. The Honolulu Mint was  officially licensed to produce 1 troy ounce  silver commemorative coins for two universities. The medals struck  include:

University of California – Berkeley featuring the Campanile Tower.

University of California – Berkeley featuring the Cal Golden Bear logo.

University of Hawaii Athletics.







Re: Added Hawaiian Numismatic Publication Listing

(1) HNP-25, Official title of this publication is: Forty-Eight Annual Report of the Hawaiian Historical Society for the Year 1939, pp 14-28.


(2) New reference. The Comprehensive US Dollar Encyclopedia, by John Highfill,1992, pp 295-296, Kakakaua Proof $1 and Uncirculated $1 included in “An Amazing Collection of United States Silver Dollars”. Interesting write-up that the Hawaiian dollars were assembled as part of an US silver dollar set by a collector and sold through the Superior Galleries. Silver dollar collector are enthralled with the Kalakaua dollar as it is the same size and weight of US silver dollar.

(3) Earliest known news article about the Kingdom of Hawaii Coins, dated March 14, 1914. From all accounts this is the first reported  source of Hawaiiana numismatics. From Kingdom of Hawaii coins to the Reginald Huth medals.

(4)  Kingdom of Hawaii – Cabinet Council Minute Book, October 20, 1886.  Cabinet adopted a resolution to authorize the coinage of Hawaiian gold coins: $20 piece to be called a “Kalakaua”, a $10 piece to be called a “lei ali’i”, a $5 piece to be called a “crown”, and a $2 ½ piece to be called a “half crown”. Resolution was never put in effect.

(5) HNP-24, proper link

(6) New reference. E-Sylum has a good database and keeps abreast of Hawaii topics (search Hawaii or Hawaiian)

(7) New reference. So-Called Dollars (undated) This is online version. Purchase the book to get the R (rarity) assignment.

(8) New reference. So called Dollars (Alaska-Hawaii Statehood) (see above)

(9) New reference. So-called Dollars (Hawaii Statehood) (see above)

(10) New reference. So-called 50c. Unlisted in M&R 180 degree rotated Hawaii Statehood medal  Official mintage of Hawaii Statehood medals. Gold and original flyer that came with medal

(11) I need to visit JHU (my alma mater for my MS degree) Reginald Huth Medals

(12) New reference. Definitive Collection of Remember Pearl Harbor Medals

POTUS Appreciation Medals

I developed a new series for  US numismatics that will  attract main stream collectors and US history buffs: President of the United States of America (POTUS) Appreciation Medals 

Original impetus was the lack of information on Medcalf & Russell 2M-94.

Now a very unique US numismatic series.

Information is not a regurgitation or repackaging of previously documented information and is original research (adds new information to the body of numismatic knowledge, not simply reporting already known information as a term paper would).

New blog created to pursue this  interest. Read the home page for specific about the POTUS Appreciation Medals.

Added Hawaiian Numismatic Publication Listing

Thank  you Garry Moore for your work and information.

I’ve quickly added Garry’s work to this blog  that aids fellow collectors in the area of Hawaiian numismatics.

His work does not mesh with my current “ABOUT” page  listing and it will take me a few days to convert to this format.

In the mean time here is a link of the listing. Please let me know if you cannot access the file.

(link is also on the ABOUT page)

If you have additional publication to list, please provide your reference in the indicated format.