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    1881 Pattern Hawaii Nickel, Original
    Medcalf 2CN-1, KM-2

    1881 5C Hawaii Five Cents, Medcalf 2CN-1, KM-2, -- Mount Removed -- PCGS Genuine. The PCGS number ending in 98 suggests "Damage" as the reason, or perhaps one of the reasons, that PCGS deemed this coin not gradable. In our opinion, this coin has the details of an AU specimen that has rim damage where the mount was removed and shows signs of cleaning. The presence of the cross above the crown on the reverse confirms this is an original pattern striking, and not a restrike, with soft-gray color and sharp remaining detail.

    Struck two years before the more-familiar, official 1883 Hawaiian coinage, the five cent issue was a pattern and not an official issue. The obverse legend was struck in error, calling Kalakaua KING OF SANDWICH ISLANDS instead of Hawaii (the Sandwich Islands was the European name for Hawaii). Nevertheless, 200 patterns were struck dated 1881 and while few were saved, others became pocket pieces or jewelry items such as this "mount removed" coin. A rare and important Hawaiian pattern issue.


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