1883 HAWAIIAN 1/8TH DOLLAR
Circulation strikes: 0
Proofs: at least 20
Designer: Charles E. Barber
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%
grains (± grams)
Mintmark: None (for
Images courtesy of Superior
NGC Proof-63 (illustrated
above). Ex - Superior Galleries "ANA 2001 Nation
Money Show" Auction, March 8-9, 2001, Lot 547, where it was
described as follows: " for $18,000 "to the book"
In their request to have
coins struck by the United States government, the Hawaii included
four denominations: a 1/8th Dollar (Hapawalu), a 1/4 Dollar
(Hapaha), a 1/2 Dollar
(Hapalua), and a Dollar
(Akahi Dala). All of the denominations, except the 1/8th
Dollar, conformed to American coins in size, weight and value.
Because the Hapawalu
would have required specially made blanks, a Dime
denomination (Umi Keneta) was substituted for the Hapawalu. No
Hapawalus were struck for circulation, but when 20 special
presentation Proof sets were made at the Philadelphia (PA) Mint in 1884,
Hapawalus were included along with the other four denominations.
Philadelphia Mint produced 18 Hapawalus in copper from the Proof
dies and included them in four-piece sets (12-1/2c, 25c, 50c, and
$1). These have been called "patterns", but were
they struck before or after the silver Proofs?
consider the 1883 Hapawalu "patterns" with italic 8's in
the date to be fabrications made outside the Mint (as were similar
1884 "patterns" of the Hapaha, Hapalua, and Dala
denominations). These were not known until 1954, when the
collection of deposed King Farouk of Egypt was sold. Farouk
owned many "patterns" from other countries that were made
specifically for him, so it is highly likely that the 1883 and 1884
"patterns" with italic 8's in the date were made for him
at the time he collected.
Hapalua with italic 8's in the date is known struck over an 1880
reverse legend "UA MAU KE EA O KA AINA I KA PONO" means
"The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness."
Sources and/or recommended
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia Of U.S. And Colonial
Coins" by Walter Breen
Standard Catalog, Second Edition" by Donald Medcalf and Ronald