Unraveling the 2MB-44 Mintage Figure

2MB-44 is 21 mm coin with the  King Kamehameha I obverse and 1981 Pineapple design reverse. The “Pineapple” design has the words “ALOHA / 19 / (center figure of a pineapple) / 81 / MINTED ON THE BIG ISLAND”. Medcalf & Russell (M&R) indicates it’s bronze with a mintage of 650. The Royal Hawaiian Mint (RHM)  database indicates it’s bronze that has been  gold plated and with a mintage of 1250.

Note: M&R describes the coins as “MINTED ON HAWAII”. In reality, it’s “MINTED ON THE BIG ISLAND”.

Note: The gold plated coins can be easily spotted with the proper knowledge.  I’m not sure why The Hawaiian Mint issued a 24KT version and a gold plated version of the same coin design. It actually helps dishonest individuals immediately, by removing the gold plated coin from its packaging  and selling it as an actual  gold coin without its packaging. As a warning, I urge you to know the difference between a real gold coin and a gold plated coin.

I have to believe by the RHM mintage figure of 1250. In addition, M&R never mentioned that 2MB-44 is gold plated bronze.

One of the basic collector rule is to keep all original packaging of the item being collected. It will aid in authentication and help boost its resale value.   Below is a 2MB-44 in its original coin holder and issued box. The inventory  sticker (MP-P SS) on the top of the box is a normal inventory practice that The Hawaiian Mint used and can be seen on their product packaging. On the bottom of the box is the company’s gold sticker (another practice used to label their products). Both stickers legitimize the box as an originally issued by The  Hawaiian Mint.  As for the coin holder, its all original and sealed.







An un-plated uniface version of the pineapple design in my collection can be seen at  https://thehawaiiananumismatist.com/2013/11/02/1981-uniface-pineapple-design/

The AG Center Punch – Two Varieties

I’ve been examining the sterling silver Kamehameha I “with welt” that was  issued by The Hawaiian Mint in 1975 and 1976. The two images are of coins in my collection.

What I have uncovered are two varieties of the AG center punch. The RHM database lists only one AG center punch for “with welt” issues. The Medcalf & Russell book does not reference any for the “with welt” issues.

If you read the description  in the RHM database carefully  it will make sense.

In the RHM database for the year 1976, 2MB-3, Kamehameha I -W, sterling, mintage 350. The description reads “…center punch has hand punched sterling”. What does it mean?  The “center punch AG” has a “hand punch sterling”.  Wait…can this be true?

Below is a sterling silver Kamehameha I “with welt”, with “AG” and “with sterling hand punch”. Notice the incomplete letters in “STERLING”.



Now compare it to the rare (only 6 struck)  sterling silver Kamehameha I “with welt”, with “AG” and “NO sterling hand punch”.



The astute Hawaiiana collector should know how to spot the two AG varieties on the sterling silver Kamehameha I “with welt”.