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Numismatic Detective -- Re-discovered Hawaii SC50C Error posted by DrDarryl

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Thick vs Thin => re-discovered error


I received 11 encapsulated medals/coins back from NGC. Of particular interest is the 1959 Hawaii Statehood SC50C Thick (aka Heraldic Art Medal). This so called 50 cent Thick variety has a mintage of 1,200 (while the thin variety has a mintage of 4,600). The thin was illegally made the same thickness as a standard silver half dollar.


I examined my MS 68 Thin to the newly arrived MS 68 thick. And I found that my thick had a 180 degree rotated reverse.


I did a quick check with other thick variety with those within the NGC registry (with pictures). I found one with the rotated reverse. I did also check a few NGC graded ones on eBay and found a normal reverse.


After more searching, I found a SC50C website. At the website was a page that documented SC50C errors. I found a listing for my Thick.


I now must hand correct my copy of the Hawaiiana Numismatist's "bible" (Hawaiian Money Standard Catalog 2nd Edition, by Medcalf & Russell) with this missing error (next to the 2MS-5). With this re-discovered find, the number of Hawaii Statehood Medal varieties has increased to 22.



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