The Aloha Airlines Silver Tail Ingot FMI-A01

Listed as FMI-A01 in my  just released book Hawaiian Numismatic Issues from the Franklin Mint: Medals, Coins and Ingots. 

This Aloha Airlines sterling silver ingot has a mintage of 1,777 (mintage is deceiving as Franklin Mint collectors do not breakup sets). If you locate a FMI-A01  today, its a remnant from a broken up completed set.

Hint: The choicest specimens are those in original Franklin Mint packaging.  The proper collector term is Mint in Package (MIP).

Hint: The original Franklin Mint paperwork is also desired and extremely hard to come by since most specimens are a remnant from a broken up completed set.

Hint: Aloha Airlines went out of business in 2008 making this highly sought after by airline and Aloha Airlines memorabilia collectors.

Here is a MIP FMI-A01 with its original Franklin Mint paperwork and magazine ad.



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Back from California Work & Vacation

Just returned from a business trip/mini vacation in California. Spent the last 7 days in the Los Angeles area. Had to stop by the Hawaiian eateries. Portuguese sausage, eggs, and rice breakfast was onolicious. Nothing like that on the East Coast USA.

I saw that an Eisenhower Appreciation Medal in the form of a jewelry piece was a topic of heated bidding.

The seller tried to quote my research….

Sunset picture of  RAT beach…..“Right After Torrance” Beach and “Redondo and Torrance” Beach, is located on southern Santa Monica Bay in Torrance, between Redondo Beach and Palos Verdes Estates, in Los Angeles County, California


Eight $10 Dala Coins

Only 30 coins were struck for each of the six designs.

Here is my hoard (not included is my Princess Kaiulani) of eight (obverse design not shown on purpose).


Here are the Krause Publication listings (with my correction):

(has Kalakaua image, should be Kaiulani image)–cuid-140046-duid-343814

(has Liliuokalani image, should be Bust of Kamehameha holding spear image)

(has King Kamehameha Sovereign image, should be Liliuokalani image)

(has Kaiulani, should be Kalakaua image)

(has Bust of Kamehameha holding spear image, should be King Kamehameha Sovereign  image)–cuid-140050-duid-343818

This is correct image with description