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.