Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

Sale 54

Lot 1461

1883 Hawaiian Dollar. NGC graded MS-62. Well struck and untoned. Rich silvery white color. A well struck MS62 that has gleaming fields surprisingly free of bagmarks and other indications of handling outside the mint. In one way, the luster sets the beauty. In another, the precision strike on every device, including the King's profile, completes the picture. Don't rush off to the next lots without placing a bid on this handsome silver dollar from the Kingdom of Hawaii. Pop 9; 47 finer at NGC. (PCGS # 10995) .

Design and Minting of the Coins: Long before Claus Spreckels received his official authorization as agent of the Hawaiian kingdom for the silver coinage he entered into correspondence with H. C. Burchard, Director of the U. S. Bureau of the Mint. According to Jacob Adler (1960), "Burchard wrote Spreckels on January 26, 1883, explaining the law under which the United States could execute coinage for foreign governments. The Director said the San Francisco Mint could do the actual coining, but the dies would have to be prepared at the Philadelphia Mint. He requested Spreckels to furnish rough designs as soon as possible.

"Spreckels sent the designs two months later. He also said he would like to inspect the dies after they had been finished. In the design suggested by Spreckels a full face view of King Kalakaua was shown. After submitting the designs to Charles E. Barber, Engraver at the Philadelphia mint, Burchard wrote Spreckels that a full face view was not suitable. The Engraver recommended a profile, and a profile photo was soon sent to him."
Estimated Value $5,000 - 6,000.
From the 9/09 Hawaii Collection.

Realized $7,188

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