Coin Specifications

Category: Hawaii
Mintage: 20
Catalog: KM-4
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1883 HAWAII KM-4 1/8D PF obverse 1883 HAWAII KM-4 1/8D PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

KM-4, Medcalf-Russell 2CS-2, R.7. Struck in silver with a reeded edge. Of the five denominations designed and engraved by Charles Barber for the Kingdom of Hawaii, the eighth dollar--or "hapawalu" in the Hawaiian language--was the only issue not adopted for use. The hapawalu would have required the production of special planchets and would have been the only denomination that did not directly correlate with any unit of currency being used in the United States. Since America already had her eyes set on the Kingdom of Hawaii for strategic purposes, it is likely that the hapawalu was replaced with the dime, or umi keneta, for the convenience of commercial trade between the two nations. As such, the dime, quarter, fifty cent, and dollar denominations were struck in proof and business strike format, but the 12 and a half cent "hapawalu" coins were only struck as proofs. Mint records indicate that 20 pieces were produced, compared to 26 proof specimens of the other four denominations. The difference may be related to six proof sets that were coined at the Philadelphia Mint in September 1883 (Breen, 1988).

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Total Graded: 7
Low Grade: 60
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 65


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1/7/2009 PCGS PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2009 January Orlando, FL FUN Auction #1121, 1121/Lot# 4237 $92,000.00


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NGC Registry Score 1883 HAWAII KM-4 1/8D PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333339024876592264737168775684289141989933333
3333333130242265224610567047364798086659393989933330
0000003130242265224610567047364798086659393989933300
0000003260245515573628969367560820489039646989933300
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