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Kingdom of Hawaii
« on: November 13, 2014, 10:21:40 PM »
There is no topic on Hawaii as yet. Who can tell us something about this coin?

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Re: Kingdom of Hawaii
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2014, 10:22:18 PM »
Hawaii, dime, 1883.

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Re: Kingdom of Hawaii
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2014, 10:22:53 PM »
Hawaii, half dollar, 1883.

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Re: Kingdom of Hawaii
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2014, 10:23:48 PM »
Hawaii, dollar, 1883.  A very intricate coat of arms, with supporters.

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Re: Kingdom of Hawaii
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2014, 11:37:15 PM »
I know not much about that coinage, but it was withdrawn in 1937 and mostly melted. I can make the series complete with the Quarter Dollar.
1/8 Dollar and 5 Cents were only patterns.

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Re: Kingdom of Hawaii
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2014, 11:57:10 PM »
Just found this token from 1951. I always wanted to visit Honolulu to meet this girl, but I guess in the meantime she looks different ...  ;D

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Re: Kingdom of Hawaii
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2014, 12:01:42 PM »
The Hawaiian Islands were formed into a state by Kamehameha the great (1795-1810). It used the usual mixture of foreign coins, mostly Spanish colonial and US coins. From 1860, Hawaiian plantation tokens are known, denominated in Spanish colonial or US denominations.

Hawaii issued two series of coins during its short-lived independence. The first is the hapa haneri (one cent, should have been hapa hanele) 1847 with the portrait of Kamehameha III (1825-1854). This king turned Hawaii into a democratic state with a moderate constitution.

The second series has the same specifications as US coinage. It consists of a dime, quarter, half dollar and dollar with the portrait of king David Kalakaua. It was struck in the San Francisco mint in 1883. The legend "Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono" stands for something like: the life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness

In 1893, queen Liliuokalani (1891-1893) was deposed on a pretext by a group of (mostly) American inhabitants of the islands. In 1898, the islands were annexed by the US during the Spanish-American war. The local coinage was withdrawn. The 1847 cent imitations are tourist souvenirs dating from around 1960.

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Re: Kingdom of Hawaii
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2014, 03:58:12 PM »


Thanks, both. Another curiosity is the Hawaiian flag. It sometimes fools Britons into thinking that Hawaii was once part of the British Empire.

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Re: Kingdom of Hawaii
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2014, 04:07:26 PM »
The legend "Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono" stands for something like: the life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness

It was also used on the 2008 Hawaii state quarter by the way. As for the flag, here is some information, or speculation, about why it is used - "a remnant of the period in Hawaiian history when it was associated with the British Empire." :)

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Re: Kingdom of Hawaii
« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2014, 05:26:02 PM »
That "remnant of the period in Hawaiian history when it was associated with the British Empire" probably refers to the "Paulet affair". While serving on the Pacific Station, Lord George Paulet obtained a brief measure of infamy when he occupied the Hawaiian Islands for five months in 1843. The occupation was reversed by his commanding officer, Admiral Richard Darton Thomas. Thomas is a Hawaiian hero.

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Re: Kingdom of Hawaii
« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2019, 06:09:11 AM »
I lived there for six yeas...sad I didn't think to try to collect some of those.  Neat coins.
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Re: Kingdom of Hawaii
« Reply #11 on: June 26, 2019, 01:44:20 PM »
They are hard to get and expensive...the coins that is. The token is easy.
Much more likely to get one in the states or online more like that in Hawaii.
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I lived there for six yeas...sad I didn't think to try to collect some of those.  Neat coins.

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Re: Kingdom of Hawaii
« Reply #12 on: June 26, 2019, 02:10:42 PM »
I was there for 6 days on the islands of Maui & Kauai, 2 weeks back in Hawaii. Wish I knew about these coins, would have tried to find in local marketplace or with old natives there.

A decade back I had visited the erstwhile Portugese Colony of Diu in Western India. Would have asked atleast 100+ odd locals if they had pre-independence Portugese coins! Finally 1 old newspaper vendor, native to Diu for more then 50 years, gave me 3 old Portugese Indian coins. I almost missed my bus to get those 3 precious coins..

On the flip side, visit to USA has sparked my hunt for 50 State quarters & the Beautiful Quarters series! Got 1 Hawaii quarter dollar.

Off Topic: Is anyone collecting the full USA quarters, 106+ released till date from 2000s? I'm at mid 50s currently.

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Re: Kingdom of Hawaii
« Reply #13 on: June 27, 2019, 06:36:46 AM »
We've been working on it for years :-)  Three to go.
The Chief...aka Greg