Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

Sale 54

Lot 1495

1881 Hawaiian Five Cents. NGC graded MS-63 KM-2. The obverse of this pattern features a bust left of King Kalakaua. On the 1883 coinage, the king faces right. The portrait on the five cent piece lacks the refinement of the more professionally modeled silver coins struck by the San Francisco Mint. The dies for the silver coins were engraved by the Mint's talented chief engraver, Charles E. Barber. It is unknown who engraved the dies for this piece. The obverse legend contains, in addition to the spelling error on the motto, a second blunder, referring to Kalakaua as the KING OF SANDWICH ISLANDS instead of Hawaii. The Sandwich Islands was the European term for Hawaii and was never used on official Hawaii kingdom correspondence or documents. Pop 1; 2 in 64; 1 in 65. (PCGS # 10975) .
Estimated Value $15,000 - 25,000.
Possibly Ex A.J. Ostheimer, III Collection; Privately Edwards H. Metcalf late 1960's; Feb 1976 Superior Auctions Lot #1211; From the 9/09 Hawaii Collection.

Realized $17,825

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