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    1893(95) Princess Kaiulani Huth Medal, PR63
    Struck in Iron, Only Three Pieces Struck
    Medcalf 2MH-5C

    1893(95) MEDAL Reginald Huth, Princess Kaiulani Dala-Sized Iron Medal, PR63 PCGS. Medcalf 2MH-5C. The Medcalf reference as well as all other references that deal with these pieces, state that only three examples of the Princess design with four dolphins were struck in iron. What is unknown, even among experts, is how many iron pieces have survived. (There is a high likelihood that not all three did survive.) Struck from the same dies as the silver princess medal. 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). Few coins have been struck in iron, and close examination of this piece shows why. The hardness of the metal prevents absolute full high-point definition. Iron also does not have the malleability of silver, gold, copper, or even nickel. This piece shows no obvious die flow from striking, which means there is no luster apparent. This most likely explains the PR63 grade, but in our opinion it is unjustly deserved since there are no obvious surface flaws on the piece - iron just is not a good striking medium. Still, this piece's rarity and the majesty of the design will overcome any misperceptions about grade. (PCGS# 636890)

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

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    January, 2018
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