Coin Specifications

Category: Hawaii
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 46,348
Obverse Designer: Charles Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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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 coins -- 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overthrow of Liliuokalani and the subsequent annexation of Hawaii by the United States, the Hawaiian coins were largely withdrawn from circulation and melted; the silver dollar, owing to its silver value, was most affected by this policy: 453,622 were melted.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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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 492
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 69

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/20/2020 1883 HAWAII S$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-2-25681873928694721513151795212-492
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Total-2-256818739286947219141617105212-499
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NGC Registry Score 1883 HAWAII S$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base674735793925105112461483163418431903221225853216334539434217528573407739815488509589
694754837967111613251533170418632006233627953259354440344573597074737877838690960
0000001533170418632006233627953259354440344573597074737877838600
0000001584177318832109246130063302374441264929665576068016861800
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 5970
Owner: Chesaboy
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 3943
Owner: FEETY
 
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