I’ve been researching the NORFED and Royal Hawaiian Mint connection once again.
I made my first discovery of the connection with Ms. Liberty on the NORFED issues and the 1992 Gold Salute issues by the Royal Hawaiian Mint.
The first NORFED issue has another tie in with a pre-1992 issue and is the earliest known design tie in with the Liberty Dollars. Here is a refresher for those not familiar with the 1998 Liberty Dollar with the Shelter System Reverse.
Below is the new find. The shelter system reverse was used on a pre-1992 Royal Hawaiian Mint issue. I’m in the process of locating a specimen for my research. I know the Royal Hawaiian Mint coin and the hunt is on!
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A matching purchase to the 1/10 ounce sister coin. This is the 1/20 ounce 1992 Gold Salute coin.
A scant mintage of 100 by the Royal Hawaiian Mint.
This makes up an interesting pre-NORFED Liberty head obverse design gold set
The Hawaiiana Numismatic buying frenzy on eBay missed this gem.
It was also missed by Liberty Dollar collectors.
A scant mintage of 20 by the Royal Hawaiian Mint.
Yes…only 20 specimens struck.
From my research, this coin is the precursor to the NORFED Miss Liberty obverse design by Bernard von NotHaus.
In 1998, the first NORFED Liberty Dollars were issued (listed in the RHM database as 1998 Silver Liberty with Shelter System’s logo).
The 1998 Silver Liberty with NORFED reverse is listed in the Royal Hawaiian Mint database. Only 150 struck. Here is an image to locate her for your collection ….