Coin Specifications

Category: Hawaii
Mintage: 500,000
Catalog: KM-5
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2200g
ASW: 0.1800oz
Melt Value: $3.50 (8/23/2014)
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1883 HAWAII 25C MS obverse 1883 HAWAII 25C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Four official denominations of Hawaiian silver coinage were produced at the San Francisco Mint this year in far greater quantities than was necessary for the island kingdom. A powerful west coast banker and sugar baron named Claus Spreckels had focused his attention on Hawaii upon passage of a reciprocity treaty between the two countries in the 1870s. Reduction of tariffs provided for in this legislation potentially made sugar cane production extremely profitable, giving Spreckels the window of opportunity he needed. He soon leased and later acquired thousands of acres of land on Maui, irrigated the once-dry isthmus, and built mills to process the cane. His influence on King Kalakaua and strong connections in California eventually prompted a contract with the United States Mint to produce the 1883 Hawaiian coinage, on which his healthy commission included the hundreds of thousands of coins that were later melted. Of the four denominations, the quarter is by far the easiest to acquire in Uncirculated grades as the result of a long-dispersed hoard.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1253
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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6/12/2008 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 256, 262/Lot# 6284 $276.00
9/6/2009 NGC MS 62   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 1406 $299.00
4/27/2011 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(7), 1154/Lot# 12907 $195.50
6/14/2011 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, 92/Lot# 762 $1,035.00
7/15/2012 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 3311, 3311/Lot# 4450 $180.00
12/22/2013 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 155263 $100.00
1/14/2014 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 14 - 16 Selections Fom the Eric P. Newman Collection Part III Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 3029/Lot# 30734 $1,410.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1883 HAWAII 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base331552202883664375025395635976207258209081206168320482464333
35317624231438945851454757460465575684910071365180421862464330
00000045851454757460465575684910071365180421862464300
00000048052655558561269078887811061524192623252464300
1883 HAWAII 25C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base331712413143954695395776026406637748749661278177421542585278130093238
35919426534141949255158561464770080790410701443190022972650285730850
00000049255158561464770080790410701443190022972650285700
00000051556459362765573784093511741608202724412715293300
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 2048
Owner: Chesaboy
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 2048
Owner: Kanakawaho
 
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