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Numismatic Detective -- My Dual Identity Coin



Two NGC designations (medal and coin)!

As I was putting away my recent arrivals from NGC, I re-examined my "UNDATED 2M-329 HAWAII ALOHA CARNIVAL HAWAII ISLAND SEAL" in VF 25 (pictured below). Then it occurred to me to check the NGC census....

Then a new issue presented itself.

The UNDATED 2M-329 HAWAII ALOHA CARNIVAL HAWAII ISLAND SEAL and UNDATED HI HK-721 HONOLULU CARNIVAL DOLLAR SC$1 (as listed in the NGC Census) are the exact same coin from different collector perspectives. The first is from the Hawaii medal collector perspective. And the latter is from the so called dollar collector perspective.

That is, the 2M-329 uses the Medcalf & Russell book for its design and attribute designation. While the HK-721 uses the Hibler & Kappen book for its design and attribute designation. One is a medal and the other is a so called dollar. And yet they are the same numismatic item!

This dual identity dilemma skews the census population for the HK-721, by not including the 2M-329 count (2M-329 is not listed in the NGC census).


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