Coin Specifications

Category: Hawaii
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 700,000
Obverse Designer: Charles Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
Diameter: 30.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1883 HAWAII 50C MS obverse 1883 HAWAII 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Hawaiian half dollar is also known as the Hapalua. Names for the other denominations include Umi Keneta for the dime, Hapaha for the quarter, and Akahi Dala for the dollar. The quarter and half dollar each depict King David Kalakaua on the obverse with the central shield from the Hawaii Coat of Arms on the reverse. The dollar shows the entire Coat of Arms. All of the 1883 Hawaiian coins were struck at the San Francisco Mint utilizing planchets of the same standards used for U.S. coins.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 557
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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10/12/1998 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 1094, 1094/Lot# 2042 $599.50
1/4/2009 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2009 January New York, NY Signature World Coin Auction Session(2), 3004/Lot# 21516 $3,220.00
11/3/2010 NGC MS 60   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 166 $168.00
12/8/2010 NGC VF 25   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 18404/Lot# 2389 $140.00
6/5/2011 NGC Details Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131124/Lot# 20598 $126.50
5/27/2012 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 1844 $7,762.50
2/16/2014 PCGS Genuine VF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/16/2014, 174/Lot# 169038 $77.00
8/3/2014 PCGS AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 815, 824/Lot# 796 $700.00
9/4/2014 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1209/Lot# 5093 $940.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1883 50C MS HAWAII Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33258363471721108413641508159717211799207223082585303435394106124481980311
388293399554842117714121537163817471890215024002734320237286886148991980310
000000117714121537163817471890215024002734320237286886148991980300
000000127014601567167917731981222924922884337039179667173511980300
1883 50C MS HAWAII Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base205227248275298327357389409423442456507563622686777877988113713001515
2122342572823073373673954134294464735255826437168109141037119113710
0000003673954134294464735255826437168109141037119100
0000003784024184354514905446026647468439511087124500
1883 50C MS HAWAII
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base332373364376741021129014271512163217071969219724642898314939353333
3812703695167891110133514551552165717942045228626082981341139353330
0000001110133514551552165717942045228626082981341139353300
0000001200138114831592168218812121237527533065367339353300
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Grade: MS 64 PL
Points: 3034
Owner: Chesaboy
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 2898
Owner: Chesaboy
 
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