Coin Specifications

Category: Hawaii
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 500,000
Obverse Designer: Charles Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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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: 1373
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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6/11/2017 MS 63  Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2017 June 8 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1256/Lot# 8476


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6/28/2000 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1327, 1327/Lot# 1625 $196.20
2/5/2006 PCGS MS 61   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 343 $316.00
10/9/2008 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 290, 296/Lot# 6616 $316.25
11/3/2010 NGC MS 60   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 165 $126.50
1/14/2014 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 14 - 16 Selections Fom the Eric P. Newman Collection Part III Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 3029/Lot# 31579 $381.88
7/6/2014 NGC Details UNC Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 173935 $250.00
7/11/2014 PCGS MS 60   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 7267 $190.35
10/25/2015 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131544/Lot# 22130 $84.00
11/10/2015 PCGS AU 53   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 27097 $152.75
8/10/2016 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(4), 1238/Lot# 5677 $3,995.00
2/16/2017 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2017 February 16 - 19 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1252/Lot# 4830 $823.68


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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