Initials “LB” on Royal Hawaiian Mint Issues

It took some time for me to figure this out (slaps forehead). I should have been more observant. The initials LB stand for designer Luigi Badia.

I know of two RHM products with his initials on the obverse.

1992 dated Princess Kaiulani 1/10 oz  silver

1991 King Kalakaua Akahi Dala 1/oz silver


new discovery

Here is a plaster model  of the obverse die with the LB initials.


2MS-4 Medal Dies

An interesting weekend on eBay as it relates to  Hawaii Statehood medals. One particular item is the obverse and reverse dies of 2MS-4 that sold for $1009.

As you know, I documented the high volcano and low volcano varieties four  years ago.

Below is the original image that was used to identify the two volcano varieties. Left is the high volcano variety. Right is the low volcano  variety.


The recent auction of the obverse and reverse dies reflect that the volcano is low (original image flipped on the left). The die matches the right image above. Notice the separated clouds and the volcano slope is at the hula girl’s chin.


The low volcano variety was used on the thin medals and gold medals. Below is a gold medal.


I have yet to see a low volcano on a thick medal and gold medal.

What does this mean?

The dies sold on eBay is from the first striking of the thin and gold medals.

My ANA blog also documents the low and high volcano varieties.

She Has My Complete Princess Kaiulani Collection

She (my wife…image below) likes gold coins. My wife is part Native Hawaiian, part Okinawan, and part Caucasian. It’s befitting for her to have her own Hawaiiana collection. I gave her my Princess Kaiulani collection (gold, silver and other metals). She adores each of the 1 ounce gold Princess Kaiulani issues from the Royal Hawaiian Mint.




Still Here – Completed a Discovery Model Project

I created several US Numismatic Discovery Models. Several of these models can be adapted for Hawaiiana numismatics.

Discovery Model D is a prime example. The Hawaiian Numismatic Knowledge Domain is basically centered around the MR 2nd edition book. If a Hawaiian issue is not located in this book, its a numismatic discovery if its documented.

Here at the model write-ups: