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Lot 1856

1883 Hawaiian Dollar. PCGS graded MS-65 CAC Approved. In a new secure plus holder. Pop 10; 5 finer, 4 in 66, 1 in 67. Well struck and fully untoned. Brilliant with silver like ice -- clear silvery and with full blossom from the dies; the examiner's eye will travel over the surface of this appealing coin to find everything is in order, everything delightfully original and appealing. Among the rest of the characteristics, the coin displays clear-cut devices from having been giving a full, hard strike by the dies (PCGS # 10995) .

Note: King Kalakaua, whose profile dominates the 1883 silver coinage, was a highly educated man with a historian's perspective, a studied politician's aptitude, the usual manly faults (gambling, hard liquor, unseemly political cronies), but also he was a gifted writer and diplomat who, with his wife Queen Kapiolani, wrote lyrics to favorite Hawaiian songs. His "Hawaii Ponoi" is today the Hawaiian State Anthem. Kalakaua's sister, Liliuokalani, who would take the thrown upon his death in 1891, wrote the lyrics to the world-famous "Aloha Oe."
Estimated Value $13,000 - 15,000.
The Forsythe Collection.

Realized $31,050

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