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    1959 Hawaii Statehood Medal, MS68
    .900 Fine Gold, NII HAU Error

    1959 Hawaii Statehood Medal, Gold, NII HAU, MS68 NGC. "M. 2MS-3a". 63.5 mm. 216 gm. of .900 fine gold. Hawaii became the 50th state in 1959, and the state legislature authorized an official medal, struck by Medallic Art Co. and distributed by the Coin and Currency Institute, New York City. The medals were all 2 1/2" in diameter, but struck in three different alloys. The gold issue was limited to 100 pieces, but only "approximately 50" were struck. The present piece has a edge serial number of 53. Of the issued quantity, some have presumably been melted over the years to reclaim the bullion. The initial pieces struck denoted the Hawaiian isle Niihau as "NII HAU," but the error was soon discovered. The dies were corrected, and production continued. Medcalf (1991) knew of copper (2MS-1a) and silver (2MS-2a) examples with the blundered legend, but omits any listing for the blundered gold variant.

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