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.
Did you know? There is a Franklin Mint ingot that portraits the Kingdom of Hawaii….it’s in my draft book…Catalog number is THN-FM-FORI-01
Why should anyone care about Hawaii related/themed Mardi Gras doubloons?
2M-272, 2M-273, and 2M-274 are Hawaii related Mardi Gras doubloons from 1969. And 2M-167 is another Hawaii related Mardi Gras doubloon from 1980.
There is a gap of years that do not list any Mardi Gras doubloon in M&R!
From the years 1970 through 1979 and years 1981 through 1991 (year of publishing for the 2nd edition of M&R book) Hawaii related/themed Mardi Gras doubloons are missing.
Did they have any Hawaii related or themed floats during these years? Apparently yes and they are not listed in M&R.
- THN-CPE-01, 1968 Command Performance with Dancers (Hula, Ballet, others), gold aluminum, mintage undocumented, 39mm, 4 grams
- THN-KOA-01, 1969 Native Dancers of the World (Dula Dancer on left), silver ox alloy, mintage undocumented, 39mm, 23 grams
- THN-KOA-02, 1969 Native Dancers of the World (Hula Dancer on left), antique bronze, mintage undocumented, 39mm, 23 grams
- THN-LMA-01, 1971 Hawaii with Hula dancer, gold aluminum, mintage undocumented, 39mm, 9 grams
- THN-LMA-02, 1971 Hawaii with Hula dancer, purple aluminum, mintage undocumented, 39mm, 9 grams
- THN-LMA-03, 1971 Hawaii with Hula dancer, green aluminum, mintage undocumented, 39mm, 9 grams
- THN-LMA-04, 1971 Hawaii with Hula dancer, green aluminum with gold aluminum, mintage undocumented, 39mm, 9 grams
- THN-AQU-01, 1975 Aloha Hawaii with state motto, aluminum, mintage undocumented, 39mm, 4 grams
- THN-AQU-02, 1975 Aloha Hawaii with state motto, gold aluminum, mintage undocumented, 39mm, 4 grams
- THN-KNE-01, 1976 Hawaii 50th State Ali’i with Helmet, aluminum, mintage undocumented, 39mm, 4 grams
- THN-ISP-01, 1977 Island Splendors/Hula Dancer and Male on Drums, purple aluminum, mintage undocumented, 39mm, 4 grams
- THN-NCC-01, 1978 Aloha Hawaii with Diamond Head/Hula Dancer, gold aluminum, mintage undocumented, 39mm, 4 grams
- THN-JSC-01, 1980 Islands in the Sun/Hula Dancer, aluminum, mintage undocumented, 39mm, 4 grams
- THN-TWC-01, 1985 Music Instruments being played with Hula dancer in celebration, aluminum, mintage undocumented, 39mm, 4 grams
I noticed an ad at an unnamed auction site, a seller stated that his Hawaii flag silver ingot was the real thing and all others were unscrupulously being offered for sale. Misinformation and incomplete knowledge led to this seller’s statement.
There are actually 6 known Hawaiian flag sterling silver ingots that were issued by a single manufacturer prior to 1991. This is how to identify these ingots.
The first group is identified by the reverse of the ingot. It has the words “HAWAII” (all capitalized), underneath are the words “The Aloha State” and “Flag Adopted: April 8, 1896”. These are proof sterling silver ingots as identified by the M&R catalog numbers:
- 2SI-18 (aka full size)
- 2SI-19 (aka mini)
- Wait, M&R incorrectly stated the mintage figures (see below)…
The second group is also identified by the reverse of the ingot. It has the words “THE HAWAIIAN FLAG” (all capitalized) with text “This flag flew over independent Hawaii from 1845 until the United States agreed to annex the territory August 12, 1898 Continues in use today as state flag.” These are proof sterling silver ingots as identified by the M&R catalog numbers:
- 2SI-16 (aka full size)
- 2SI-17 (aka mini)
- Wait, M&R incorrectly stated the mintage figures (see below) and missed the 24KT gold on silver …
If you review page 149 of M&R. You are going to still be confused due to the visual grouping (Hawaii Flag and with its varieties listed). A more cleaner listing using the THN catalog number and to correct mintage totals and gold omission.
- THN-FM-FOSI-01, The Aloha State Flag, sterling silver, proof, mintage 5,803
- THN-FM-FOSI-02, The Aloha State Flag, sterling silver, mini ingot, proof-like, mintage 3,576
- THN-FM-FOAI-01, The Hawaiian Flag (set), sterling silver, proof, mintage 4,892
- THN-FM-FOAI-02, The Hawaiian Flag (individual sold), sterling silver, proof, mintage unknown
- THN-FM-FOAI-03, The Hawaiian Flag , 24KT gold on 0.500 silver, proof, mintage 1,124
- THN-FM-FOAI-04, The Hawaiian Flag , sterling silver, mini ingot, proof-like, mintage 18,412
Source sets are to be identified in the book currently being written. The gold on 0.50 silver is a new find!
From the mintage total, I would be looking for the gold on 0.50 silver ingots as the key to complete the Hawaiian Flag ingot set.