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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).
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