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    Unique (?) Ten-Piece Denomination Set of
    '1883' Hawaii Hub Impressions, MS65 to MS66

    "1883" (Circa 1900) Hawaii Hub Impressions MS65 to MS66 PCGS. The 1961 Gould-Bressett Hawaiian Coins reference refers to "a unique set of hub impressions" with each denomination (10C, 1/8 D, 1/4 D, 1/2 D, and 1 D) represented by uniface obverse and reverse strikes, for a total of ten pieces. That unique set is the present lot. The date only includes the initial 1, without any 883 digits. On each piece, the fields consist solely of myriad raised lines transferred from the hubs. The 10C, 1/8 D, and 1/4 D impressions are off-center on larger planchets. The 1/2 D and 1 D impressions are perfectly centered on proper diameter planchets. The dime and eighth dollar appear to be brass, while the three higher denominations appear struck in bronze. The PCGS inserts refer to the pieces as fantasy strikes. Per Medcalf (1990), "the hubs are impounded in the Philadelphia Mint." This lot includes:

    "1883" Dime Obverse Hub Impression MS65 PCGS. Pristine aside from two small spots noted on the mustache and second I in HAWAII.

    "1883" Dime Reverse Hub Impression MS66 PCGS. Rose-red and olive toning. A few pinpoint flecks at the center, but otherwise immaculate.

    "1883" 1/8 Dollar Obverse Hub Impression MS65 PCGS. Tiny spots on the neck with another small spot on the forehead.

    "1883" 1/8 Dollar Reverse Hub Impression MS65 PCGS. Small spots at 2:30 and beneath the AL in HAPAWALU are the sole imperfections.

    "1883" 1/4 Dollar Obverse Hub Impression MS65 PCGS. As struck aside from natural olive-green and brick-red toning.

    "1883" 1/4 Dollar Reverse Hub Impression MS66 PCGS. Toned mahogany-brown with an outer ring of orange-gold. Pristine surfaces.

    "1883" 1/2 Dollar Obverse Hub Impression MS66 PCGS. Lilac-tinged medium brown toning. No spots or marks are observed.

    "1883" 1/2 Dollar Reverse Hub Impression MS66 PCGS. Medium brown with sea-green undertones. One inconspicuous spot near the dentils at 7:30.

    "1883" Dollar Obverse Hub Impression MS66 PCGS. Hints of apple-green and ruby-red visit medium brown surfaces. One subtle spot at 3 o'clock.

    "1883" Dollar Reverse Hub Impression MS66 PCGS. Toned mahogany-brown with peach-red in the recesses of the legends. A couple of tiny flakes on the lower right quadrant within the coat of arms.


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