Reviewed a few medals in my collection today. The Maui Coin Club 2M-312 in silver was my coin to share today. I purchased this coin from the original minter (Pressed Metal Products) several months ago. Search my blog for keywords “Maui Coin Club” for the story behind these acquisitions.
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Completed my second “trifecta” of Hawaii coin club medals.
This is my Hawaii State Numismatic Association set in bronze, silver, and aluminum.
The aluminum specimen was acquired first and described in a previous blog entry. https://thehawaiiananumismatist.com/2014/02/15/2mn-673a-queen-emma-hawaii-state-numismatic-association/
My Maui Coin Club “trifecta” was also discussed in a previous blog entry. https://thehawaiiananumismatist.com/2014/03/09/maui-coin-club-2m-316-silver-copper-and-2m-317-cupro-nickel/
It’s really challenging to locate each of the specimens for a single year. I’ve only seen one set being offered with all medal types at one dealer (was not interested at the time). I wished I purchased that 1980Duke Kahanamoku HSNA set (price was high at the time and my interest was focused on RHM gold).
Below are images of a 1974 Maui Coin Club Silver Uniface Medal in my collection.
Information from Pressed Metal Products (PMP) (original manufacturer of the Maui Coin Club medals) indicates that this was a special striking that allowed the club to use the reverse as an engraving pad.
It also can be said that the two images on upper left page 120 (identified as 2M-314 and obv 2M-302 are s incorrectly labelled) of Medcalf & Russell.
The left most image should be labelled 2M-302 obv. The middle image should be labelled 2M-302 rev.
Below is a portion of an email from PMP.
Note the reverse image is not as shown on page 120, however the design elements are there (without text). It appears the reverse was modified to reduce the design elements to allow text to be fitted in (as show on page 120).
There are no mintage numbers for this special 1974 Maui Coin Club uniface striking. Original striking mintage is 250. If I had to venture a guess, I would say a dozen or less. The uniface specimen in my collection was purchased from an individual currently living on Maui.
Finally, this uniface medal should be M&R listed.
I was inventorying my Maui Coin Club “working samples” and took a few images with my cell phone. Search my earlier blogs with the term “Maui Coin Club” for the story of the acquisition.
Issued mintage for the 2M-316 is 100 (as a pair).
Issued mintage for the 2M-317 is 26.
My 2M-316 and 2M-317 “working samples” are unique as there were never issued and has been stored in the archive of original minter until I purchased them . I requested/received a letter of provenance to verify its non-issue status (from the original minter/seller) and transfer to me.
One evening (December 2013) I was populating the Hawaii State section of a website with specimens from my collection. I was at the point where I completed the addition of my 1974 Maui Coin Club (MCC) uniface medal to the database. Curiosity about this medal made me research the internet for duplicates and other MCC medals. I received no search hits.
After re-reading the MCC pages in the book, Hawaiian Money Standard Catalog 2nd Edition by Medcalf & Russell, I searched for the minter, Pressed Metals Products (PMP) from Canada. I received a hit, clicked on it, and was directed to PMP official website. I explored the website and found images relating to the MCC medals. I send an email to PMP requesting permission to use the images for the website. I did indicate that PMP would receive full credit as the source for the images.
PMP was the original minter of the Maui Coin Club (MCC) medals issued between 1973 through 1981. MCC disbanded in 1981. After a few days I received a reply from PMP. They denied me image use rights based on the fact that MCC owned the designs and their approval was required. I immediately provided evidence that the MCC organization was no longer active (sent images of pages 120 and 121 from the Hawaiian Money Standard Catalog 2nd Edition). At that point, PMP was supportive with my request and granted me image use rights for the website. They also asked if I could use better quality images. I replied “yes”.
PMP searched their archive and found several MCC “working samples” or simply “samples”. Samples are struck at the same time as the original order. A sample was used to judge the quality of the medal from the production run and was later placed in their archive as a reference.
Organizations ordering medals from PMP are told samples are kept. It is unlikely that these organizations are aware in the existence of PMP’s archive of samples. All samples within PMP archive has never left their minting facility and are not considered “issued” medals. Samples are not re-strikes. PMP destroys dies that reach the age of 10-years old. In the case of MCC, no MCC official claimed the MCC samples before or after MCC disbanded. Images of the MCC samples were provided to me to use at the website.
In one email exchange, I inquired about my 1974 MCC uniface medal (PMP later provided very helpful information). In the same email, I jokingly asked if I could buy a few MCC “samples” for my collection. I believed it would be impossible to buy any in their archive. I was pleasantly shocked in that they entertained the idea of selling their archived MCC medals to me. They asked for an estimated value for each medal and I provided it.
After a few days, they made the decision to sell their MCC samples to me since they were collecting dust and it would be in better hands with someone who would appreciate them. They ask me to provide a buy price. I quickly provided a buy price for their entire inventory of MCC samples.
A few days later PMP sent an email indicating they found two more MCC samples in their archive and provided me with an amended buy price. I agreed to the terms of the amended buy price with two conditions. Condition 1: Do not clean the medals. Ship them to me as how it was found in the archive. Condition 2: Provide me a letter of provenance (with a signature by a company official) indicating I am the original purchaser of the MCC samples, include a complete inventory of the purchased MCC medals, and their status as MCC working samples.
The MCC medals were delivered today. I am the proud owner of rather unique set of MCC medals. Below is one of the medals received today. Click to enlarge.