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    1891(93) Reginald Huth Medal, PR65
    Queen Liliuokaleni, M. 2MH-1

    1891 $1 Queen Liliuokalani Silver Dollar, M. 2MH-1, Bruce X-M1, PR65 PCGS. Queen Liliuokalani was born in Honolulu in 1838 as Lydia Kamakaeha, and died there in 1917. She was the only reigning queen and the last governing sovereign of the islands. She was the sister of David Kalakaua, King of Hawaii from 1874 until 1891. Upon her brother's death in January 1891, she ascended the throne. Following the queen's abdication in 1893, the island nation witnessed the transition from a provisional government (1893-94) to a republic (1894-99), and a United States territory (1900-1958), achieving statehood in 1958.

    These and similar pieces were privately issued medals struck in 1893, with that date appearing in tiny digits in the reverse stars, 18 to the left and 93 to the right. Donald Medcalf and Ronald Russell explain in Hawaiian Money Standard Catalog:

    "The following medals were made to order for Reginald Huth, a wealthy London Englishman and a coin collector. They were produced by Messers. Pinches & Co. of London. They were not patterns or intended for circulation as coins. They were struck for Huth's private collection and given as gifts to some friends and admirers of the Royalty. The first of these pieces appeared in Honolulu in 1901. Part of the medal inscription is in Latin. They are extremely popular and seldom offered for sale."

    These pieces appear in the PCGS Population Report that details six certified examples under four different PCGS coin numbers. Those coins are graded PR65+ Cameo, PR65, PR63 Deep Cameo (2), PR62, and PR60.

    This impressive Gem proof lacks a cameo designation due to the thick and beautiful cobalt-blue, golden-rose, and iridescent toning on each side. There is no doubt that lighter toning would have allowed a Cameo designation. The surfaces are exceptional with only trivial hairlines and contact marks.(Registry values: N1) (NGC ID# BYCE)

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

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