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    1881 Hawaii Five Cent, Unc Details
    Very Rare Territorial Pattern
    Original Striking, Medcalf-2CN-1

    1881 5C Hawaii Five Cents -- Improperly Cleaned -- NGC Details. Unc. Medcalf-2CN-1, KM-2. King Kalakaua I of Hawaii succeeded King Lunalilo upon the latter's death in early February 1874. In 1881, Kalakaua embarked on a world tour, meeting various officials from the mints at Paris, Brussels, and Vienna. Each representative proposed various contract coinages for the Kingdom, which had not had a national circulating medium since the Keneta of 1847. Apparently impressed by the Paris Mint's offer on behalf of a nickel mine owner in the South Pacific territory of New Caledonia, King Kalakaua ordered a small quantity of five cent patterns, perhaps 200 pieces, struck on German silver flans. The project did not go as planned, namely because of prominent spelling error in the legend, and was ultimately abandoned. Canadian restrikes were later manufactured in the early 1900s, but they lack the cross atop the crown, as seen on this original. Possibly 15 to 25 pieces survive in grades ranging from XF Details to MS66.

    This remarkable territorial pattern clearly features the sharpness of an Uncirculated coin. Its muted silver-gray surfaces show signs of cleaning in the form of wispy hairlines. However, needle-sharp detail and the absolute rarity of this offering are certain to draw the attention of serious specialists.
    From The Julian Kaufman Collection.


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