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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: 10
Low Grade: 50
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 65

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/20/2020 1881 HAWAII 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------1--1--3131-----10
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Total-------1--1--3131-----10
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NGC Registry Score 1881 HAWAII 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base113817072464300934475158521252855347540755445582580160076105657470528559900594691024611069
13281959264631554017517652365306536754535557565558706040626167337554870891609728105200
0000005236530653675453555756555870604062616733755487089160972800
0000005261532653875498556957285938607264186893805788569314998700
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 6007
Owner: Kanakawaho
 
Grade: AU 50
Points: 5285
Owner: O-6retired
 
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