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    1893(95) Princess Kaiulani Huth Medal, PR65 Brown
    Four-Dolphin Variant in Copper, Probably Unique
    Medcalf 2MH-5B

    1893(95) MEDAL Reginald Huth, Princess Kaiulani Dala-Sized Copper Medal, PR65 Brown PCGS. Medcalf 2MH-5B. Like the silver strike above, this apparently unique copper striking has a similar obverse and reverse layout, but with the significant addition of three additional dolphins in the obverse fields, totaling four on that side. Otherwise, the obverse shows the marginal legends in Latin, reading: CAIVLANIA LILIVOCALANNIAE REGINA SORORIS FILIA (Kaiulani daughter of the sister of Queen Liliuokalani). The reverse shows the common central device of the Hawaiian Islands set in a circle or globe of the Pacific Ocean. The peripheral devices read: SPES PVBLICA / OCT. XVI. MDCCCXCIII (Public Money / October 16, 1893). The Medcalf reference gives a brief summation about Princess Kaiulani and her importance to the people of Hawaii:

    "Princess Kaiulani died suddenly on March 6, 1899 at the age of 23. She was the 'hope and future' of the Hawaiian people. She was proclaimed heir apparent to the throne on March 9, 1891. Her nomination was recognized by the United States ship-of-war the "Mohican" in Honolulu, by a salute of twenty one guns. Huth's Kaiulani medal, honoring her eighteenth birthday, was dated Oct. 16, 1893. The medal was not struck until 1895."


    In the princess's own words, "I must have been born under an unlucky star, as I seem to have life planned for me in such a way that I cannot alter it." This tragic figure makes an appealing figure for coinage, especially so for fantasy coinage, such as the Huth medals. The Medcalf reference states that two copper pieces were struck. However, Don Medcalf has stated that he knows of only one four-dolphins copper strike and one one-dolphin copper piece. So, it is entirely possible the official mintage of two copper pieces includes one of each type, thus making each design variant unique. This medal's importance cannot be overstated to the collector of Hawaiiana or medals. The surfaces have evenly mellowed with even medium brown over each side. The reverse shows a faint presence of blue intermixed with the medium brown patina. (PCGS# 636887)


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

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