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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1883 HAWAII 50C MS
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Base $ 81.00 115 155 235 260 390 420 490 585 910 975 1090 1620 2500 8125 10600 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 591
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/10/2019 1883 HAWAII 50C MS
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Base---57060623529697214157433664----590
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Total---57060623529697414157433864----594
 ---1 %12 %10 %10 %6 %5 %12 %12 %0 %7 %10 %7 %6 %1 %1 %---- 
1883 HAWAII 50C MS Prooflike
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Base---------------1------1
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Total--------------11------2
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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/23/2005 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2005 February Long Beach Signature Sale #366, 366/Lot# 10780 $1,610.00
2/11/2008 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 221, 227/Lot# 4390 $2,070.00
9/6/2009 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 1428 $1,897.50
2/13/2011 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 3013, 3013/Lot# 2231 $546.25
1/1/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 12882 $3,290.00
12/22/2013 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 152124 $495.00
1/14/2014 NGC VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 14 - 16 Selections Fom the Eric P. Newman Collection Part III Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 3029/Lot# 31581 $352.50
  NGC AU 55   Bonhams $409.00
5/15/2016 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131621/Lot# 27988 $176.25
9/7/2017 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2017 September 7 - 12 Long Beach Expo World Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 3057/Lot# 33435 $240.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1883 50C MS HAWAII Prooflike
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Base33258363471721108413641508159717211799207223082585303435394106124481980311
388293399554842117714121537163817471890215024002734320237286886148991980310
000000117714121537163817471890215024002734320237286886148991980300
000000127014601567167917731981222924922884337039179667173511980300
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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