This an unlisted so called dollar (or medal) that was missed by Hibler and Kappen (and also by Medcalf & Russell).
Most collectors get confused thinking its an Australian medal/token.
This medal should be listed in the Hawaiian numismatic guidebooks.
As you can plainly see, this is a 1925 United States Fleet medal that identifies the location visits. Hawaii is listed on the right side on the obverse and in the center of the reverse..
The below article snippet was taken from The Hawaiian Annual for 1926, by Thos. G. Thrum. As the second paragraph states the significance of Hawaii to the U.S.
The full article can be found at (click the first location bar (blue) to the right of the Google reader.
Obviously, this piece is highly overlooked by the Hawaiiana specialist…
This is a historical person with ties to the Territory of Hawaii. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chester_Nimitz
He even has a Highway named for him on the island of Oahu. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawaii_Route_92
I know it was an oversight in being omitted in the M&R book.
As a Hawaiiana Numismatist, it therefore is recognized as a desired piece for the serious Hawaiian collection.
THN-FM-NCS-03 Sterling Silver
Update: I pulled out my 2M-361 (aka Pearl Harbor 25th Anniversary) and snapped some new pictures with its miniature plaque (similar to the Nimitz)
Here are excerpts from my draft book, volume 1. Click each to enlarge….
Excerpt 1 from the draft book
Excerpt 2 from the draft book…This is a good example of the error in the M&R book.
There are 5 medals ( THN-FM-HUS-06 thru THN-FM-HUS-10) for the 1941 Japanese Attack Pearl Harbor medals series (as compared to one mentioned in the M&R as 2M-211). The mintage looks high, but you have to consider that the mint figures are for sets. These sets must be broken up to obtain the desired specimen.
Another example with the M&R book, 2M-162 (39mm Bronze). M&R indicates a mintage of 1,303. True mintage is 155. M&R reverse a few mintage figures. Below is the true mintages.
Excerpt 3 from the draft book
As further proof, here is link that will verify the mintages (I used a book for my mintages that matches this webpage)
Below is a Governor’s Edition Bronze that I cannibalised for the 39 mm Hawaii Bronze. Imagine that. Only 155 sets made and who in their right mind would break the set? I still need to sell the other 49 medals from this set (it has a really nice wooden display case).
24 KT on Sterling Silver, Sterling Silver, and Bronze
This was assigned THN-FM-FORI-01 from my draft book. This is a undocumented Franklin Mint sterling silver proof ingot. When I use the term undocumented, it means that it’s unlisted in M&R and not generally known by Hawaiiana specialist. I have documented this in my draft book in which it identifies the source, year, and mintage. As a side note: this is one of the first pictures I have inserted in the book.
Here is a Precious Metals Hawaii 1 ounce gold. Assigned THN-PMH80-02
Very artistic silver bullion coin. This is a 1/2 oz version minted by Precious Metals Hawaii. I have also seen a gold 1 oz version.
I’ve been on the hunt for some Hawaiiana medals and sometimes all it takes is your knowledge about Hawaiiana history….
Captain James Cook discovered (made the world aware) of the Hawaiian Islands on his third voyage. He commanded the HMS Resolution…
Below is a unlisted bronze medal of Captain James Cook and the HMS Resolution found on a Medalist First Day Cover (FDC). Population of this of this FDC is documented as 1,000 made (see the back side of cover).
The total number of bronze medals struck is undetermined, however the 1,000 is valid population estimate. It is highly unlikely that these medals were sold individually as the prime interest in making this FDC was for the philately community (not the numismatic community). This is one example in which the Hawaiiana numismatist can locate items in a crossover or related Hawaiiana collectible area.