‘Big Island Collection’ of Hawaiian Coins, Tokens in the Heritage Auctions American Coin Event

Selection offered includes items used during parts shortage

As the song goes, “Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say on a beautiful Hawaiian Christmas day…” Collectors will certainly be in celebration when the Big Island Collection of Hawaiian Coins and Tokens crosses the auction block at Heritage auctions ” US Coins Signature Event December 16-19, just in time for the holidays.

The aptly named Big Island collection includes 15 lots for sale in the state known as a tropical vacation getaway, but also one with significant numismatic history.

“The Big Island collection tells the story of that of Hawaii monetary history, including tokens that circulated during a coin shortage ”, Senior Vice President of Heritage Auctions Sarah miller noted. “This collection also includes a fine example of what could have been with the fascinating Reginald Huth motif.”

The highlights of the Big Island collection include, but are not limited to:

An 1881 5C Hawaii Five Cents MS65 PCGS Medcalf-2CN-1, KM-2 can be identified as one of the original 1881 strikes minted in Paris on behalf of the owner of a nickel mine in New Caledonia, who offered to produce nickels for the Hawaiian Islands. The inscription on the obverse identifies the king Kalakaua like the “King of the Sandwich Islands”, a foreign name for Hawaii. The design on the reverse had a spelling error in the Hawaiian currency, leading to believe that the combination of errors was enough for King Kalakaua to reject the currency proposal.

An 1847 1C Hawaii Cent MS65 Brown PCGS. CAC. Medcalf 2CC-1, cross 4 dated. This is the second of the five rarest varieties for the 1847 cents, which was the first official currency of the Kingdom of Hawaii. The obverse features a portrait of the king Kamehameha III. The legend includes his name followed by KA MOI (“The King”). The reverse shows the denomination HAPA HANERI (“Hundredth part”) in a wreath that includes nine berries on the left and nine berries on the right. AUPUNI HAWAII (“Kingdom of Hawaii”) is above.

Around the turn of the century, an unknown die plummet produced a number of fantastic coins in various metals inspired by the Hawaiian mint of 1883. It appears to have used the original hubs from 1883 to prepare the dies. An 1884 1 / 8D Hawaii Fantasy Strike Hub Impression 7.5g MS66 PCGS appears to be one of a set of three fantasy gold coins that have surfaced in King’s Fabulous Collection Farouk. John Dannreuther think only two sets of fantastic coins were minted in gold. Although the PCGS the holder indicates “1884” as the date of this coin, the date on the coin itself is 1883.

Besides the Big Island collection, the auction is full of superlative examples that will be the highlight of any collectible coin cabinet.

An 1863 $ 1 MS67 NGC. OC-1, Low R.3 was included when Heritage Auctions sold the Hall of Famer baseball collection Andre Dawson in 1998. In the catalog for that sale he was described as “(one) of the most impressive and, indeed, the most memorable Sitting Liberty dollars that we have ever had the privilege of offering at auction. “.

Since then, there has been no increase in the number to the highest retention level for that date. Another coin was certified MS67 by NGC, while PCGS rated only one coin (11/21). In 1998, Dawson recorded dozens of coins with his name on the genealogical line of the envelope. However, it has been years since we have seen another piece with her name in the pedigree, leading us to believe that most have been improved or crossed, leaving very few pieces directly attributable to her collection.

A $ 1,797 1 10 × 6 Stars, Large Letters, B-3, BB-71, R.2, MS63 NGC.Die State III is one of the best two or three specimens known for the coin, which is usually found in XF or lower grades. This piece is in striking comparison with the typical Small Dollar Eagle Bust and would make a wonderful addition to a type set or a date set. It is an excellent example of both the variety and the Small Eagle type, which was minted only from 1795 to 1798.

Year 1879 $ 4 Flowing Hair, Judd-1635, Pollock-1833, JD-1, R.3, PR66 Ultra Cameo NGC supports the theory that many coin collectors are looking for what has been collected in the past. This is the case with the 1879 Stella Floating Hair. These four dollar gold designs have long been included in sets alongside regular issue coins, and the tradition continues. In fact, the Stella is the only boss issue with its own section in the annual magazine. Guide Book, between the three dollar gold room and the $ 5 gold half eagle, each of which, unlike the Stella, actually circulated.

An 1831 10C PR66 PCGS. JR-2, R.7 as proof is a rarity because Bust Capped Dimes are rarely found in Proof format. In 1997, David Akers estimated six to eight 1831 JR-2 proof ten cents. PCGS estimates 15 to 20,1831 proofs, for all varieties, although the actual figure is probably lower.

Only four original surviving Confederate half dollars survive, and they are out of reach for everyone except the wealthiest collectors. But the Scott raises, including an 1861 50C Scott CSA Restrike, Breen-8002, Bertram-B861-267, MS64 PCGS. CAC., Are within the reach of many more collectors. Leading dealer in New York Jw scott purchased the original Confederate die in 1879 from Ebenezer Locke Mason, Jr., who in turn got it from BF Turner, chief coin acceptor at New Orleans Mint when the originals were minted in 1861. Scott procured 500 halves dated 1861, planed the reverse sides and struck them with the original Confederate hallmark.

“Type collectors and early American history buffs will find something to be excited about this December,” Miller said. “If you are looking for a premium dollar or sitting dollar bust for your character set, the charming 1863 NGC MS67 sitting dollar from the Andre Dawson collection or the 1797 NGC MS63 small eagle bust dollar would be great additions to your collection. ”

For more information and pictures of all lots in this sale, visit HA.com/1337.

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