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    1883 Hawaii Half Dollar, PR64 Cameo
    Extreme Rarity as a Choice Cameo Proof
    One of 26 Pieces Struck

    1883 50C Hawaii Half Dollar PR64 Cameo NGC. Upright 8s in the date. The 1883 Kingdom of Hawaii coinage was designed by Charles E. Barber at the Philadelphia Mint for progressive Hawaiian King Kalakaua I. Circulation strikes were struck in 1883 (into 1884) at the San Francisco Mint, after six proof sets were issued by the Philadelphia Mint. Another 20 proof sets were struck in 1884 in Philadelphia for dignitaries and diplomats (dated 1883) -- some of which may have been distributed by King Kalakaua himself. A few additional pattern proofs were struck in copper.

    This is one of the rare silver proof survivors of the half dollar denomination (hapalua). It retains its original proof set toning with vibrant, electric-blue borders plus violet and russet shades ceding to pale reddish-gold interiors. The fully struck, frosted portrait of Kalakaua contrasts boldly with glassy, mirrored fields that show a minimum of delicate lines. These proof coins are not only extremely rare, but they are an irreplaceable part of both Hawaiian and American numismatics. The present offering represents a seldom-seen opportunity to acquire a Choice proof with Cameo contrast, carefully preserved, and among the finest known of just 26 proofs issued. Census: 1 in 64 Cameo, 1 finer (3/18). (PCGS# 415930)


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

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    April, 2018
    25th-29th Wednesday-Sunday
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