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Category: Hawaii
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1883 HAWAII S$1 MS obverse 1883 HAWAII S$1 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Prior to Chief Engraver Charles E. Barber's creation of dies and hubs for Hawaiian silver coinage dated 1883 (and the subsequent production of the dime, eighth dollar, quarter, and silver dollar) the Kingdom of Hawaii had little knowledge of legitimate circulating coinage. True, King Kamehameha III introduced a currency system to the islands in 1846, but the lone shipment of hapa hanele -- one cent coisn -- was met with such disdain by the locals for its lackluster appearance that "that many...threw them into the ocean rather than accept them as payment" (Breen, 1988).

The most comprehensive attempt to supply the nation with stable money came during the reign of Kalakaua, which saw the introduction of silver dimes, quarters, halves, and dollars bearing his portrait. The Hawaiian silver coinage, consisting of denominations identical to United States coinage, was composed of identical weight and size standards, thus there was no need to make additional planchets.

500,000 of these Hawaiian dollars were produced in 1883. After the overthrow of Liliuokalani and the subsequent annexation of Hawaii by the United States, the Hawaiian coins were largely withdrawn from circulation and melted; the silver dollar, owing to its silver value, was most affected by this policy: 453,622 were melted. This left the dollar with a net distribution of just 46,348 business strikes along with a small number of proofs.

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


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Total Graded: 408
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 68

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1/16/2005 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 1988, 1988/Lot# 1796 $495.00
2/23/2005 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2005 February Long Beach Signature Sale #366, 366/Lot# 10784 $8,050.00
3/19/2007 NGC XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 131, 136/Lot# 2455 $621.00
9/19/2010 NGC   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 1972 $460.00
2/2/2012 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(5), 1167/Lot# 9722 $690.00
6/5/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1186/Lot# 9606 $367.78
4/27/2014 NGC Details XF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/27/2014, 173/Lot# 188289 $286.00
6/27/2014 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 2444 $940.00
2/6/2015 PCGS AU 53   Stack's Bowers 2015 Americana Auction, 6070/Lot# 2752 $763.75

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1883 HAWAII S$1 MS
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 6429
Owner: Chesaboy
Grade: MS 63
Points: 4935
Owner: FEETY
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