Bob Rhue writes:
I would like to publicly thank Dick Johnson for the time and patience he showed me in answering my follow up questions to his posting regarding the mintage of the Gold Hawaii Statehood Medals. I was a bit confused by the last sentence of his response, and he very kindly agreed to speak with me on the phone.
To clarify my confusion he stated unequivocally that although he is not the source for the quantity struck data for Medallic Art Company items in general, he does consider his quantity struck for Hawaiian Gold Statehood Medals (quantity 58), as well as the medals on all twenty items for which he had contemporaneous records on "green cards" to be reliably accurate. For Dick's contribution to the resolution of this longstanding numismatic question of the mintage records I am forever grateful.
Dick stated to me that although he did not have similar "green card" contemporaneous records for the Alaska gold, silver and bronze statehood medals, he assumed that roughly the same number of Alaska gold medals were struck as those struck for Hawaii.
Jan Monroe adds:
The additional 154 silver unnumbered silver medals were ordered by Governor James K. Kealoha to give out as gifts from his office. Originally only 2,500 silver numbered medals were struck but citizens of Hawaii complained and 500 more numbered silver medals were struck.
Thanks again to everyone who participated in this discussion. We were treated to an image of an interesting, rare and important medal, and documented some numismatic history as well.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
MORE ON THE 1959 HAWAII GOLD STATEHOOD MEDAL
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