New Find – Hawaiian Airlines Silver Ingot

Struck in 1979 in sterling silver. Unlisted in M&R (silver ingot section ). Mintage of only 1,777.  Source set is to be identified in the book currently being written by me.

This is the  companion ingot for the Aloha Airlines ingot.

  • THN-FM-AOWI-01, Hawaiian Airlines Tail Emblem ingot, sterling silver, 21 grams, proof

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New Finds (Plural) – Attack on Pearl Harbor

2M-211(bronze)  has three other companion medals.  The three are currently unlisted in M&R.

As the M&R did not provide a bronze mintage figure, a THN catalog number is assigned. And to keep the medal’s design elements in a cohesive group, the 13 mm are assigned consecutive THN catalog numbers.

As a note, the 13mm specimens exhibit the same design elements as in the larger medals, but the text has removed on the obverse (see picture). In addition, the text on the reverse of the 13mm  has been simplified, text matches the obverse of the 45 mm (but not the location), and is placed in the center.

  • THN-FM-HUS-06, Attack on Pearl Harbor, 45mm , sterling silver, proof,  mintage 10,000
  • THN-FM-HUS-07, Attack on Pearl Harbor, 45mm , bronze, proof,  mintage 24,836
  • THN-FM-HUS-08, Attack on Pearl Harbor, 45mm , platinum, proof,  mintage 1
  • THN-FM-HUS-09, Attack on Pearl Harbor, 13mm , 24KT gold, proof,  mintage 63
  • THN-FM-HUS-10, Attack on Pearl Harbor, 13mm , sterling silver, proof,  mintage 5,128

Image lacks the 24 KT 13mm medal and the platinum 45 mm (who owns it?)

More information is to be provided in my book (source of medals, minter, years of distribution, etc…).

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The 2M-164, 2M-163, and 2M-162 Trifecta

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Behold,  the trifecta of The Aloha State in Gold on Sterling Silver, Sterling Silver, and Bronze.

I’m in the process of writing a book with a chapter named “Alapi’i Collecting”. This is one of the dimensions. Source sets identified (to be revealed in my book.)

M&R got 2M-163 (39mm silver) mintage right, unfortunately it’s a proof and I have to assign it a THN catalog number. As for the bronze and gold on sterling silver mintages, the mintages are reversed, and I have to assign it a THN catalog number also.

The acquisition of the bronze medal was the hardest with a miniscule mintage of 155.

YES ! ONLY 155.

The 155 mintage should raise a red flag to collectors as this population rates a R-5 (on Fuld Rarity Scale estimated population between 76 thru 200).

  • THN-FM-SOU-01, Hawaii The Aloha State, 39mm, Gold on Sterling Silver, proof, mintage 1,303
  • THN-FM-SOU-02, Hawaii The Aloha State, 39mm, Sterling Silver, proof, mintage 866
  • THN-FM-SOU-03, Hawaii The Aloha State, 39mm, Bronze, proof,  mintage 155

New Find – Aloha Airlines Sterling Silver Ingot

Struck in 1979 in sterling silver. Unlisted in M&R (silver ingot section ). Mintage of only 1,777.  Source set is to be identified in the book currently being written by me.

As of  March 31, 2008 Aloha Airlines is no longer in business,  making this a hot collector item.

  • THN-FM-AOWI-AWTE-02, Aloha Airlines Tail Emblem ingot, sterling silver, 21 grams, proof

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New Find – 2M-225 in Bronze!

2M-225 with new discovery

M&R identifies 2M-225 as only struck in  silver. However, I am the proud owner of a  bronze Duke Kahanamoku medal that is  unlisted in M&R.

I have identified the source of 2M-225 (what set it came from, how many items in the set, etc…). I prefer not to reveal all this information at this time, as I’m in the process of writing a book. Just say the silver mintage is less than 2,000 and the bronze mintage is less than the silver.

As for the bronze version. The THN designation is:

  • THN-FM-SCI76-02, Duke Paoa Kahanamoku – Founder of Modern Surfing Medal, bronze, 39 mm, proof

Hawaiian Memories

Hawaiian Memories / Krewe of Nemises find!

Existing known (top row of image):

  • 2M-272 silver
  • 2M-273 gold aluminum
  • 2M-274 purple aluminum

Note: the aluminum specimens has a weight of 4 grams

Unlisted in M&R reference (bottom row of image):

  • THN-KON-01, Bright Bronze Hawaiian Memories, 21 grams, 39mm, unc
  • THN-KON-02, Antique Bronze Hawaiian Memories, 21 grams, 39mm, unc

Hawaii – Ali’i at Kauhale Makai Medal

Depicts an Ali’i at Kauhale Makai (royalty at village by the sea).

Unlisted in the M&R reference. Estimated distribution is 1974 – 1978.   Source set to be identified in the book currently being written by me.

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  • THN-FM-NGC-01, Hawaii Statehood-  Ali’i at Kauhale Makai Medal, sterling silver, 39 mm, proof

New Discovery 2MS-4 (aka SC50C 1959 Hawaii Statehood Heraldic Art medal)

2MS-4 is a thin variety of the 1959 Hawaii Statehood Heraldic Art medal. Its the size and thickness of a US half dollar and struck in sterling silver.  2MS-5 is the same medal,  but with an increased thickness as to change it dimension to comply with the desire of the US government.  This medal is collected by both the Hawaiiana specialist and  So Called 50 Cents (SC50C) specialist.

On the morning of  February 23, 2013, I was examining seven specimens (both 2MS-4 and 2MS-5) and made a discovery. I was improving my numismatic grading skill set by comparing different grades of the same medal. I posted this find on my twitter account that day. Both medals are NGC MS 68 graded/encapsulated (3511559-004 and 2782013-004 are the specific NGC certification identifiers).

That evening, I posted the two coins on eBay to fish for collectors inputs (price was set ridiculously high). Where better place to find the experts than one who is actively buying/selling?

I received confirmation by the so called SC50C experts that this was a new discovery. Imagine that. After 54 years, no one bothered to compare the exact same medals in their collection.

To located the shifting volcano:

1. Focus on the hula dancer’s head.

2. Locate where the volcano touches her head.

3. If the volcano touches her forehead, this is an original die.

4. If the volcano touches her chin, this is a re-worked die.

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Left is original die. Right is  re-worked die.
Left is original die. Right is re-worked die.

Left medal has strong details (clouds, waves and volcanos). Volcano aligns with hula dancer’s forehead. Volcano’s slope is normal. Rightmost volcano has a steep incline.

Right medal has weak details (clouds, waves and volcanos). Volcano aligns  hula dancer’s chin. Volcano’s slope has a steeper incline . Rightmost volcano has gentle incline and has gained structure.  (This gained structure reflects a die was rework.)

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Right medal has lost details in the clouds, waves and volcanos.
Right medal has lost details in the clouds, waves and volcanos.

This is a cool  find and this discovery is  identified as:

  • THN-HAM-01, High Volcano , Original Obverse Die  of 1959 Hawaii Statehood SC50C, 31mm, unc
  • THN-HAM-02, Low Volcano, Reworked Obverse Die of 1959 Hawaii Statehood SC50C, 31mm, unc