Rarity of Hawaiian Coins in the Heritage December American Coin Sale


As the song says, “Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say on a beautiful Hawaiian Christmas day…” Collectors will certainly be celebrating when the Big Island collection of Hawaiian coins and tokens crosses the auction block at the time of the year. Heritage Auctions US Coins Signature® event in December. 16-19, just in time for the holidays.

1881 5C Hawaii Five Hundred MS65 PCGS. Medcalf-2CN-1, KM-2. (Images provided by Collectors Universe.)

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 Hawaii’s monetary history, including tokens that circulated during a coin shortage,” said Sarah Miller, senior vice president of Heritage Auctions. “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 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 King Kalakaua as the “King of the Sandwich Islands”, the name of Hawaii. The inverted design had a misspelling in the Hawaiian currency, leading to the belief that the combination of errors was enough for King Kalakaua to reject the currency proposal.

1847 1C Hawaii Cent MS65 Brown PCGS.  CAC.  Medium calf 2CC-1
1847 1C Hawaii Cent MS65 Brown PCGS. CAC. Medcalf 2CC-1. (Images provided by Collectors Universe.)

An 1847 1C Hawaii Cent MS65 Brown PCGS. CAC. Medcalf 2CC-1, cross 4 dated. It 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 King Kamehameha III. The caption 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.

1884 1 / 8D Hawaii Fantasy Strike Hub Printing 7.5g MS66 PCGS
1884 1 / 8D Hawaii Fantasy Strike Hub Printing 7.5g MS66 PCGS. (Imaged by Heritage Auctions, HA.com.)

Around the turn of the century, an unknown die plummet produced a number of fantastic coins in various metals inspired by the Hawaiian coinage 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 part of a set of three fantasy gold coins that surfaced in King Farouk’s fabulous collection. John Dannreuther believes that only two sets of fantastic coins have been minted in gold. Although the holder of the PCGS indicates “1884” as the date on 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.

1863 $ 1 MS67 NGC.  OC-1, low R.3
1863 $ 1 MS67 NGC. OC-1, low R.3. (Imaged by Heritage Auctions, HA.com.)

An 1863 $ 1 MS67 NGC. OC-1, Low R.3 was included when Heritage Auctions sold the Andre Dawson Baseball Hall of Fame collection in 1998. In the catalog for that sale he was described as “(one) of the most impressive and, indeed, memorable sitting Liberty dollars that we have never had the privilege of offering at auction. ” Since then, there has been no increase in the number to the highest level of retention 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 saw another coin 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.

$ 1,797 1 10x6 stars, large letters, B-3, BB-71, R.2, MS63 NGC
1797 $ 1 10 × 6 stars, large letters, B-3, BB-71, R.2, MS63 NGC. (Imaged by Heritage Auctions, HA.com.)

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 coin is in striking comparison to the typical eagle bust small dollar and would make a wonderful addition to a character set or date set. It is an excellent example of both the variety and the Small Eagle type, which was minted only from 1795 to 1798.

$ 1879 4 Flowing Hair, Judd-1635, Pollock-1833, JD-1, R.3, PR66 Ultra Cameo NGC
$ 1879 4 Flowing Hair, Judd-1635, Pollock-1833, JD-1, R.3, PR66 Ultra Cameo NGC. (Imaged by Heritage Auctions, HA.com.)

At $ 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 Flowing Hair star of 1879. These four dollar gold designs have long been included in sets alongside regular issue coins, and the tradition continues. In fact, the star is the only model issue with its own section in the annual report. Guide book, between the three-dollar gold coin and the half-eagle, each of which, unlike the star, actually circulated.

1831 10C PR66 PCGS.  JR-2, R.7
1831 10C PR66 PCGS. JR-2, R.7. (Imaged by Heritage Auctions, HA.com.)

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

1861 50C Scott CSA Restrike, Breen-8002, Bertram-B861-267, MS64 PCGS.  CAC
1861 50C Scott CSA Restrike, Breen-8002, Bertram-B861-267, MS64 PCGS. CAC. (Imaged by Heritage Auctions, HA.com.)

Only four surviving original Confederate half dollars survive, and they are beyond the reach of anyone except the wealthiest collectors. But the Scott reboots, including an 1861 50C Scott CSA Restrike, Breen-8002, Bertram-B861-267, MS64 PCGS. CAC., Are within the reach of many more collectors. The principal New York merchant, JW Scott, purchased the original Confederate die in 1879 from Ebenezer Locke Mason, Jr., who in turn obtained it from BF Turner, chief coin mitter at the New Orleans Mint when the originals were struck in 1861. Scott bought 500 dated 1861. halves, planed the reverse sides and struck them with the original Confederate thimble.

“Character 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 images of all lots in this sale, visit HA.com/1337.

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