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808 State | Hawaii’s Numismatic History

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Having today is August the eighth, (8/08) Hawaii’s all-inclusive area code.  I thought it a good day to post about Hawaii’s rich numismatic history.  The Coins of the Hawaiian Dollar are rare and have their own niche in the numismatic world.  The above example of an 1883 half-dollar is beautifully toned and would be a prize for anyone’s collection.  Their first official coin was minted in 1847, under the reign of King Kamehaheha III.  It was a  large one-cent copper penny, which was needed to alleviate the chronic shortage of small denomination coins circulating on the islands.  Due to the great demand for coined money, in 1846 King Kamehameha III tied the monetary system of the kingdom directly to that of the United States.  Our 50th state is one of the United States true treasures.

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

August 8, 2011 at 11:55 am

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