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Hawaii 1883 Half Dollar PCGS MS63+ (CAC)

When King Kalakaua became King in 1874 he quickly addressed the need for a national coinage (again). Many capable mints of the world were contacted, but because of the importance of the Hawaiian Islands to America’s safety and some serious politicking, the United States Mint was finally chosen for the job. With dies created by Charles E. Barber, six proof sets (containing the 10c, 25c, 50c and dollar) were struck in Philadelphia before working (i.e. circulation strikes) dies were shipped to the Mint in San Francisco to handle the larger job of making coins for the Hawaiian Islands.

While collectors have relative ease in finding the 25c pieces due to many rolls having been saved, the other denominations have proved quite elusive. This piece would fit nicely into any set of Hawaiian coinage. Lightly adorn with a ring of blue toning fading into a light gold blanket creating superb eye appeal. A fun piece of America’s history, particularly its Imperialism period.

PCGS Cert #25585841cac

PCGS / NGC Population: 1/0 Higher: 69/38
CAC Population/Higher: n/a



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