Royal Hawaiian Mint marks 40th year with six retro issues available in set, individually

Copper piedfort pieces use designs from private mint’s early days
By , Coin World
Published : 09/16/14
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To mark the 40th anniversary of its founding, the Royal Hawaiian Mint is issuing a limited-edition six-piece Proof piedfort set of medals in copper featuring designs struck from the original hand-cut dies from 1976, 1977 and 1978.

The 40th anniversary pieces are 21 millimeters in diameter. A piedfort is thicker than a normal coin or medal and is oftentimes double the normal thickness of similar issues. The 40th anniversary piedfort pieces are 0.125 inches, twice the thickness of the originals.

The six-piece Proof copper collection consists of:

➤ A medal with a Kamehameha obverse, paired with an Ahualoa Land Bank reverse that was originally used for a 1976 1-gram .9999 fine gold piece.

➤ A medal with an Earth obverse design, paired with an Ahualoa Land Bank reverse that was originally used for a 1976 quarter-gram .9999 fine gold piece.

➤ A medal with a Madame Pele obverse, paired with a Volcano Island Bank reverse that was originally used for a 1977 2.5-gram .9999 fine gold piece.

➤ A medal with an Eden obverse design, paired with a Volcano Island Bank reverse that was originally used for a 1977 tenth-gram .9999 fine gold piece.

➤ A medal with a Capt. James Cook obverse, paired with a Kona Coast Bank reverse that was originally used for a 1978 5-gram .9999 fine gold piece.

➤ A medal with an Atlantis obverse design paired with a Kona Coast Bank reverse originally used for a 1978 piece hundredth-gram .9999 fine gold piece.

The medals were designed to contain the specific amount of gold as stated in the reverse inner dies.

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