2MS-20 Uniface Hawaii Statehood Medal (aka HK-537)

When I saw the HK-537 for sale, I made an immediate request to hold it for me with a cashiers check on its way.

In the return email communication, I was offered the HK-536 as an add on-sale in order to keep the Hawaii and Alaska Uniface medals as a matched pair.

I’m glad that I made the additional purchase. There were only 11 pairs of Alaska-Hawaii Uniface medals that Clifford Mishler struck. Mr. Mishler is the current American Numismatic Association (ANA) President.

This is the only known matched pair (obverse and reverse) that has been graded/encapsulated by the  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC).

This matched pair was once part of the Ostheimer Collection of So Called Dollars which was sold and dispersed in 2011. http://www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v13n51a17.html

I recently received my Hibler-Kappen So Called Dollar 2nd Edition book.

The Alaska HK-536 is the plate coin (plate coins are superb examples of the type) and attributed with an Ostheimer Collection and Hibler pedigree.

The Hawaii HK-537 is attributed with an Ostheimer Collection and Hibler pedigree. The Hibler-Kappen 2nd Edition book did not have a HK-537 plate coin (no image in the book).

This is the only known image of the NGC encapsulated HK-536 with its original plate coin image from the  Hibler-Kappen So Called Dollar 2nd Edition book.




My Book Purchases

Within the past week I purchased 4 books relating to Hawaiiana numismatics:

  1. Hawaiian Money 2nd Edition by Medcalf & Russell (This is a replacement book after gifting my copy to my godfather).
  2. So-Called Dollars, 2nd Edition by Hibler & Kapen (Tired of the on-line google book version with pages blocked).
  3. Paper Money of the Kingdom and the Republic of Hawaii by Medcalf & Fong (Reference copy for my library)
  4. Love’s, A Century of One Family’s Enterprise by  Meiric Dutton (Reference copy for my library).

I stumbled onto the Love’s booklet and purchased it. This booklet was published by Love’s Biscuit & Bread Co., Ltd., Honolulu, 1952. This should provide good reference material if I ever wanted to have an exhibit on the Love’s Bakery tokens.

Love’s, A Century of One Family’s Enterprise : This is the story of Love’s Bakery located in Hawaii.  Started in 1851 in the back and beyond called Honolulu Love started in a year of drought and depression, supplies almost impossible to get and yet he forged a business that survived.  In this booklet is the history of the family and bakery along with history of Hawaii under kings, provisional governments, republics, territorial status and statehood.


More historical information from the company’s website: http://www.lovesbakeryhawaii.com/about.html

Hawaiian Gold

I was watching a 1997 Princess Kaiulani 1/20 Proof gold on Ebay for a week (sold last night for $145.36). http://www.ebay.com/itm/Royal-Hawaiian-Gold-Princess-kaiulani-1-20-9999-Box-and-COA-included-/262032116634?hash=item3d0254cb9a

What made this coin interesting was its original box and certificate.

Normally, sellers break-up completed sets in hope of obtaining maximum profit.

This princess is undocumented in WIGB. My previous blog https://thehawaiiananumismatist.com/2013/12/15/1997-kaiulani-hapaiwakalua/ . Great item for the Hawaiiana gold collector.

Here are additional gold that one can buy directly from Royal Hawaiian Mint.

I suspect that the above 1997 Kaiulani shares the reverse of this coin. Unlisted in WIGB.


WIGB and M&R indicates mintage of 100. RHM website indicates 65.




Mirth is King – Freemasonary Medal

I had a request to review this medal that was recently sold a a well known auction website.

This is a Freemasonary medal. The design elements aids in identifying it (dates, ship name, Hawaii, etc…). Specific details in the design element meaning can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Order_of_Jesters

If it’s not listed in Medcalf & Russell, it should be in the next update of the Faternal Medal section. (One of the best ways to share the numismatic hobby is to gift the Medcalf & Russell book to those who are interested in the hobby. I gifted my book this past Sunday and have not obtained a replacement at this time).