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    1883 Hawaii Dollar
    PR65 Deep Cameo
    Single Finest at PCGS

    1883 $1 Hawaii Dollar PR65 Deep Cameo PCGS Secure. Proof 1883 Hawaiian coins are formidable rarities. The keneta (dime), hapaha (quarter), hapalua (half dollar), and dala (dollar) had proof mintages of just 26 pieces. The hapawalu (eighth dollar) is even rarer, since only 20 pieces were struck, without a corresponding commercial issue. Six four-piece sets (excluding the hapawalu) were struck at the Philadelphia Mint in 1883, and an additional 20 sets (including the hapawalu) were coined sometime during 1884. These were made for made for Hawaiian notables instead of numismatists. The dies have apparently survived and repose in the Hawaii State Archives.

    According to the (12/15) PCGS Census, 12 proof Hawaiian dollars have been certified by the service: eight without a Cameo designation, three as Cameo, and only a single piece, the present lot, as Deep Cameo. In fact, it is the only proof 1883 Hawaiian coin of any denomination to receive a Deep Cameo designation from PCGS. It also claims the status of single finest PCGS-certified, since the only other proof dollar to attain the PR65 level lacks a Cameo designation. NGC has seen ten specimens, with a single example certified as Ultra Cameo, and none graded above the PR65 level. Likely, the NGC and PCGS data is inflated somewhat by resubmissions over the past 30 years.

    It only takes a glance upon this fully struck Gem to appreciate the remarkable frost throughout the portrait and coat of arms. The legends are also icy, although their contrast is lessened by light peripheral golden-brown, peach-red, and navy-blue patina. The glassy fields show only a few trivial hairlines, mostly between the profile and HAWAII. The overall eye appeal is immense. (Variety PCGS# 568486, Base PCGS# 10997)


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    January, 2016
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