Key Date 1883 Hawaii Dollar, MS641883 $1 Hawaii Dollar MS64 PCGS. Walter Breen (1988) writes of the 1883 Hawaii dollar: "... in 1883 Claus Spreckels (banker, sugar tycoon, and power behind the thrown) came to the King (Kalakaua I) with a proposal to have the United States strike silver coins for the Islands. Conveniently, an Act of Jan. 29, 1874 had already authorized the federal mints to strike coins for foreign countries. Under its terms, the royal government formally applied to have 1 million Dala coined in silver." Breen continues to say that the original mintage consisted of 500,000 pieces less 453,622 melted. It is the key to the 1883 Hawaii business strike series.
The lustrous surfaces of this near-Gem example consist of an array of purple, violet, forest and apple-green, and red-orange toning on the obverse, and lavender and sky-blue coloration on the reverse. The strike is impressive, leaving strong definition on all of the design elements. The surfaces on both sides are well preserved. Population: 20 in 64, 12 finer (7/07). (NGC ID# 2TGD, PCGS# 10995)
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