Repunched Date – 1996 Princess Kaiulani Gold Hapaha

The US Postmaster at my local  Post Office handed me my latest acquisition today. A rarely seen Royal Hawaiian Mint 1996 Gold and Silver Proof set. Only 250 sets were assembled. The key coin in this set is the 1996 Princess Kaiulani Gold Hapaha. Below is my new set.

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The images below are 60X magnification of the year 1996 on my specimen. Notice the multiple 1996?  Focus on the main number 1. Look to the right and see two images of 1’s. You can also see the doubling on the number 6.  Also, both 9’s have a thickness. No other parts of the coin show these symptoms.

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This date doubling can also be seen on two other 1996 Gold Hapaha specimens. (Click image to enlarge).

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Here is the last Gold  Hapaha specimen.

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These 3 specimens are the same and have confirmed a repunched date.  There are no other doubling symptoms on the obverse.

This is a great find as this is the first documented minting process error from the Royal Hawaiian Mint.     Set number 89 is the discovery set for this error.

1996 Princess Kaiulani Gold Hapaha Crown

How elusive is this 22mm 1996 dated 1/4 ounce gold coin? I can point to documentation with  mintage number of 300 specimens.  There is a low probability that uncirculated specimens were struck.

If you look on the reverse of the coin you will see a 1994 dated RHM hallmark. What does this mean?

The reverse die from the 1994 Kaiulani Hapaha Gold Crown (proof mintage 950 and uncirculated mintage 75) was re-used with an obverse die dated  1996 with the Princess Kaiulani design.

Why did I bring up the 1996 Princess Kaiulani Gold Hapaha?

This is possibly the  last Hawaiian gold coin struck at the RHM before Bernard von NotHaus retired in 1998. Royal Hawaiian Mint publicly released  information indicates no Hawaiian design gold coin was struck in 1997 nor 1998.

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