And now CIA Medals…

It all started with a NGC MS-67 2M-94, Eisenhower appreciation medal and it snowballed into two books (working on a third). This third book is now to have a chapter on other medals…

This is a model that I created for my third book. It shows three manufacturing functions of the Bureau of the Mint. Note that the 2M-94 falls in the third manufacturing function. That is, the White House procured 2M-94 for President Eisenhower’s use. It should be noted that the White House is a US Government agency and fits in the model.


The first two manufacturing functions are well known and documented. It is this third manufacturing function that is not well known and not documented. So the question that I answered for Hawaiian specialist is that 2M-94 was manufactured as a “Special Medal for a US Government agency. The next image provide more details.


Note the red text. So it can be said that 2M-94 is part of a unintentional Bureau of the Mint  medal series and with missing special and general numismatic information. See my other website

So why did I mention CIA medals?

Actually, I now have now discovered a total of four unintentional series in the Special Medals for US Government agencies category. They are:

1. White House Office (named POTUS sGm series) (2M-94 is part of this series)

2. Department of Commerce (named DOC sGm series)

3. Department of the Interior (named DOI sGm series)

4. Central Intelligence Agency (named CIA sGm series)

Gilroy Roberts and/or Frank Gasparro hallmarks was first identified by me on the DOC, DOI, and CIA sGm series (POTUS sGm series was by White House documentation).

My Bureau of the Mint Triad model has been validated by uncovering undocumented medals used by four different US Government agencies.

I’m actually now investigating the CIA medals (a far cry from my Hawaiiana interest).  The following is the first photograph of the type medals from the 4 sGm series created by the third manufacturing function of the Bureau of the Mint.


This is a very large metal designed by Frank Gasparro.




As I said earlier, it all started with a NGC MS-67 2M-94, Eisenhower appreciation medal.

Low Volcano Thick Planchet Variety SC50c Discovered

A missing Hawaii so called 50c variety was finally found! A low volcano variety with thick planchet. See my ANA blog for a previous wrte-up from December 2016.

There are now 6 varieties of the Hawaii Statehood so called 50C.

Close-up pictures are to be shared at a future date. (Reverse image below was rotated to level the volcano).

Acordia Medal

This is a very large medal. Acordia was an insurance brokerage firm that was acquired by with by Wells Fargo @ Company in 2001. In 2007, Acordia’s name was changed to Wells Fargo Insurance.

The obverse design is filled with Hawaii landmarks and other Hawaii related items!

Unique 1893 Medal belonging to J.M.S. Williams (Hawaiian sugarcane researcher)

I recently added this to my collection. I purchased this medal after performing a quick research and made the purchase after locating both the awardee and awarder mentioned in a news clipping.

Unique 1893 medal awarded to J.M.S Williams from the “Association des Chimistes de Sucrerie et de Distillerie” (Association of Chemists – Sugars and Distilleries) located in Paris, France.

Mr. J.M.S Williams received this medal for his research  and work on Hawaiian sugarcane.


This medal is 44 mm in diameter. The obverse identifies J.M.S Williams and the year of the award.


The reverse identifies “Association des Chimistes de Sucrerie et de Distillerie” (Association of Chemists – Sugars and Distilleries) of Paris (France).





Interesting 1997 Princess Kaiulani Hapaumi

I’ve been watching a 1997 Princess Kaiulani Hapaumi 1/10 oz on eBay for some time. Possibly  a week or two. Very odd listing and you would bypass it if you did not know what to look for:

  1. Mintage of 400. 1997 Hapaumi is not listed in Waifs in Gold Boots. The seller may have gotten it mixed up with the 1994 Hapaumi.
  2. Repunched date. Possibly.  The 1 and 7 seems to have a secondary image. If it is, it maybe the second error in the issues from the Royal Hawaiian Mint. The first is the 1996 Kaiulani Hapaha (image added below).

I actually checked my draft Princess Kaiulani book and this coin was not cataloged. I pulled the trigger on the purchase after the eBay 10% eBucks incentive was activated.