Higher mintage pieces tend to be UNDER represented in my tabulation compared to total mintages. Lower mintage pieces tend to be OVER represented. As an example, look at the tables below that show the Alaska/Hawaii pieces issued privately by Clifford Mishler in 1959 (HK528 to HK537). Compare how my tallies of these pieces compare to known mintages. Both tables show the mintage for each piece, and my tallies for each piece. The far right column in each table shows the percentage of the total mintage that my tallies represent. TABLE ONE shows the lower mintage pieces. TABLE TWO shows the higher mintage pieces. As you can see, my tallies of the lower mintage pieces average 9.5% of their total mintage, whereas my tallies for the high mintage pieces average 5.8%. As mintages climb higher and higher, the percentage of the total mintage that my tallies represent tends to become lower and lower. In the case of HK20 for instance, with a supposed mintage of 10,133, my tally represents only 2.3% of the total mintage(my tally of 233 divided by 10133). Of course this is only a tendency that depends on the luck of which pieces happen to show up for sale. Looking below at the tables again, you will notice that HK534 has the highest mintage, and thus should in an ideal world show the the lowest percent tallied compared to mintage. In fact, the lowest percent piece turned out to be HK531 at 5.2% of the total mintage.
TABLE ONE - Low Mintage Pieces
HK# Mintage Tallies % of Total Mintage
HK528 25 3 12%
HK529 100 8 8%
HK536 11 1 9.1%
HK537 11 1 9.1%
Average % 9.5%
TABLE TWO - Higher Mintage Pieces
HK# Mintage Tallies % of Total Mintage
HK530 250 14 5.6%
HK531 250 13 5.2%
HK532 250 15 6.0%
HK533 250 17 6.8%
HK534 500 30 6.0%
HK535 314 17 5.4%
Average % 5.8%

Updated January 2018 to fit new tally numbers

© John Raymond 2018