Coin Specifications

Category: Hawaii
Mintage: 200
Catalog: KM-2
Composition: Nickel
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1881 HAWAII 5C MS obverse 1881 HAWAII 5C MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

This major Hawaiian rarity is a pattern, struck two years before regular coinage. To paraphrase the Medcalf reference, in 1881 King Kalakaua took a trip around the world while his new palace was being built. The owner of a nickel mine in New Caledonia was able to get in touch with him and offered to have five cent pieces struck as patterns at the Paris Mint. Approximately 200 such pieces were minted and later sent to the king when he returned to Hawaii. Nothing happened to advance the patterns to official status, but they were given out and many were carried as pocket pieces or ended up in jewelry. Later strikings from copy dies can easily be distinguished from originals by the absence of the cross on top of the crown.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 9
Low Grade: 50
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 65


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4/27/2011 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(3), 1154/Lot# 5561 $25,300.00
5/27/2012 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 1810 $39,100.00
5/27/2012 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 1809 $41,400.00
5/27/2012 NGC   Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 1813 $11,100.00
8/6/2014 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 13301 $14,687.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 HAWAII 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3324643009344742904532475648824964508251585563592262486588693133333
382326453155372843704606479849095003510752935682603063616702693133330
0000004606479849095003510752935682603063616702693133300
0000004681484049365042513254285802613964746816693133300
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 5922
Owner: tfw1
 
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