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/
I inspected the medal today.
The reverse die (THE HAWAIIAN MINT $) is from 2TC-55/2TC-56 (Hawaiian Sand Dala-Island of Maui) and/or 2M-138/2M-139 (Hawaiian Sand Dala-Big Island). The Kalakaua and Liliokalani obverse dies are from 1983 21mm Kalakaua and 1983 21 mm Liliuokalani medal (too many to list)
The obverse was originally blank. The Queen Liliuokalani counterstamp was first struck. Then the Kalakaua counterstamp was made. The letters and numbers were then struck.
M&R incorrectly states “…dies struck as a pair.” The overlapping of the counterstamps clearly shows that the two dies can only overlap. In addition, the Kalakaua counterstamp is over the Liliuokalani counterstamp.
Also, the listed catalog price seem too low. I can surmise that the coins given away in 1983 were mishandled as a curiosity piece (touched, inspected, and passed around). Not many retained its original mint state condition. It is also, highly unlikely others were made and sold.
From my reference documents, 2MB-199 may be the only medals to use 21 mm counterstamps. It is also the only medal to have two obverse counterstamps from different dies.