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    Select Huth 1895 Princess Kaiulani Medal in Silver, Four Dolphins Variety

    1895 $1 Huth Hawaii Silver Dollar PR63 NGC. 38.1 mm, the standard diameter for a U.S. Silver Dollar. According to Medcalf, Reginald Huth was a wealthy British coin collector who enlisted Pinches & Co. of London to produce a select quantity of high quality Hawaiian medals in various metals. These included two varieties with a bust of Queen Liliuokalani facing left, and three varieties that depict heir apparent Princess Kaiulani facing right. Huth's Kaiulani medals honored her eighteenth birthday. Two varieties (2MH-3 and 2MH-4) feature one dolphin below the bust, while the present example is variety 2MH-5, which has four dolphins (which symbolize good fortune) on the obverse. This high relief medal is exquisitely struck and has lovely original golden-brown, rose, and sky-blue patina. Listed in Medcalf & Russell's Hawaiian Money Standard Catalog, 2nd Edition, 1991 as 2MH-5. Listed in Unusual World Coins, Third Edition (1992) by Colin R. Bruce II as XM4. The latter reference estimates a mintage of 30 pieces; Metcalf states that varieties 2MH-3 and 2MH-5 had a combined production of 50 pieces. (#10997) (NGC ID# 2UBZ, PCGS# 10997)

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