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Lot 1876

1891 (93) Hawaii Dollar Bruce X-M1-Akahi Dala. . Medcalf-Russell 2MH-1. PCGS graded Proof 65+ CAM, CAC Approved. In a new secure plus holder. Pop 1; none finer at PCGS. Plain edge. Silver. Lovely blue and golden toning. The finest known. The obverse features a mature, but still youthful looking Queen Liliuokalani (1838-1917), facing left. A map of the Hawaiian Islands set in the frosted globe background of the Pacific Ocean provide the focus for the reverse. Liliuokalani was deposed in January 1893 in a bloodless coup by a group of American businessmen and bankers and, despite several years of appeals to the United States and imprisonment in her private residence, Washington Place, a block from the palace, the Queen never regained her throne. Hawaii went through several transitions before gaining Territorial status: that of a Provisional Government (1893-94), Republic (1894-99), annexation occurred in 1898, but full Territorial status wasn't achieved until 1900.

Several of Liliuokalani's musical compositions are enjoyed by Hawaiians to this day as mentioned elsewhere in the sale. A mere 50 pieces of these beautifully designed Liliuokalani Huth $1 issues are believed to have been struck. This piece is accented in iridescent shades as described above, with just a few minor hairlines visible under magnification. Huth $1 coins of any category or grade are eagerly sought by both numismatic enthusiasts and collectors of Hawaiiana alike. According to Medcalf, Reginald Huth was a wealthy British coin collector who enlisted Pinches & Co. of London to produce a select quantity of high quality Hawaiian medals in various metals (silver, copper, and gold). We are pleased that Mr. Forsythe accomplished the Herculean task of assembling four distinct specimens, including a unique gold example. (Listed in Medcalf & Russell's Hawaiian Money Standard Catalog, 2nd Edition, 1991 as 2MH-1.) (PCGS # 511638) .
Estimated Value $20,000 - 25,000.
The Forsythe Collection.

Realized $56,350

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