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Historic Issues

Historic Issues

The Historic Issues chronicle the history making events of the Kingdom of Hawaii. From the Centennial Silver Dala and Gold Crown for the 100th anniversary of the King Kalakaua coinage to the Silver Statehood anniversary of Hawaii joining the USA, to the centennial of the Japanese immigration to Hawaii, the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii, Annexation of Hawaii to the United States, the Apology Dala and the 2000th anniversary of the discovery of Hawaii by the Polynesians record Hawaii’s amazing history over the past 2000 years.

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  1. 1984 QUEEN LILIUOKALANI ADMISSION DAY DALA - IN BRONZE

    1984 QUEEN LILIUOKALANI ADMISSION DAY DALA - IN BRONZE

    $29.00

    The 1984 Admission Day Dala features Queen Liliuokalani, the last monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaii on the obverse. Based on the Huth Medal, the image of the Queen is particularly inspiring and noteworthy. The reverse features the Hawaii Crest from the Kingdom of Hawaii. Learn More
  2. 1985 CENTENNIAL OF JAPANESE IMMIGRATION TO HAWAII - BRONZE

    1985 CENTENNIAL OF JAPANESE IMMIGRATION TO HAWAII - BRONZE

    $49.00

    The 100th anniversary of the Japanese immigration to Hawaii was also commemorated with a 39mm bronze proof coin. Minted with the same set of dies used for the gold and silver issue, the bronze Japanese commemorative has the same great proof quality as the gold and silver issues. OIP was $9 each. RE: 1985 MINTLINE VOL 2, NO 1 Learn More
  3. 1985 CENTENNIAL OF JAPANESE IMMIGRATION TO HAWAII IN SILVER

    1985 CENTENNIAL OF JAPANESE IMMIGRATION TO HAWAII IN SILVER

    $79.00

    One hundred years ago the Kanyaku Imin, Japanese contract immigrants, set forth on a journey armed with only faith and a desire for a better life. They were the first Japanese ever allowed to immigrate to anywhere, as Japan was a closed country, where even visitors were forbidden to visit. In 1881, King Kalakaua opened the door for Japanese to immigrate to Hawaii when he visited Emperor Meiji in Japan on his round the world tour – the first by any reigning monarch – while his Iolani Palace was under construction in Honolulu. On February 8, 1885, the S.S. City of Tokio (1885 translation) arrived at the Port of Honolulu with 944 immigrants. King Kalakaua welcomed the men, women and children, on a day that changed Hawaii forever. The contract laborers worked hard in the sugarcane fields for 35 cents a day. Remaining true to their customs, traditions and values, they confirmed that with a sense of duty, discipline and hard work, all things are possible to achieve. The strong-willed Japanese persevered and succeeded. George R. Ariyoshi, the first Governor of Hawaii of Japanese descent, and the Coordinating Committee authorized The Hawaiian Mint to issue the Official Coin to commemorate the 100th year anniversary of the Kanyaku Imin – the Japanese immigration to Hawaii. The Hawaiian Mint designated 1985 as "The Year of the Imin," in celebration of the contribution made by the Kanyaku Imin, Japanese contract workers, by issuing The Official Coin in Gold, Silver and Bronze. The official Coin for 1985 commemorates the Japanese spirit of success. The story of the Japanese in Hawaii is an American story. For we are all Imin. The unique designs were the work of Milici/Valenti Advertising and BVNH. The obverse features the immigrants and the S.S. City of Tokio ship. The reverse features a sugarcane, mill and The Rising Sun with the obverse legend in Japanese. All coins were proof minted to the highest standards, numbered, and certified at the Mint. The Gold coins were packaged in a handsome cherrywood case and the silver was packaged in a velvet bag with a certificate of authenticity of the numbered edition. The OIP for the silver proof was $39. A generous portion of all coin sales was pledged to the Governor's Coordinating Council for the Centennial Celebration. As President Harry Truman commended the Nisei delegation, "You fought not only the enemy, but you fought prejudice and you have won." RE: 1985 MINTLINE VOL 2, NO 1 Learn More
  4. 1985 CENTENNIAL OF JAPANESE IMMIGRATION TO HAWAII WITH KANJI HALLMARK

    1985 CENTENNIAL OF JAPANESE IMMIGRATION TO HAWAII WITH KANJI HALLMARK

    $250.00

    One of the highlights of the Japanese Centennial was that Governor George R. Ariyoshi, the first Japanese governor of Hawaii, appointed BVNH to be his goodwill ambassador to Japan. For approx two months, BVNH traveled throughout Japan visiting the governors of the prefectures (states) that the immigrants came from. Everywhere he went the Japanese shared their memories and fielded questions about their family’s new adopted home in Hawaii. Most days started with an official function, visiting the local sites, including Hiroshima and the devisting museum devoted to the effects of the atomic bomb. The highlight of the goodwill tour was visiting the governor of each prefecture. While BVNH took a good supply of Japanese Commemoratives to present to each Governor as omiagi (traditional gift giving) he was not prepared for the grandeur that such a gesture would generate. The official gifts from the governors were as amazing as the different people BVNH met. Every day was a marvel. Every day was filled with a surprise. The most amazing surprise was that a Japanese medal manufacturer engraved a Kanji hallmark on 100 bronze commemoratives. It was placed in the field of the obverse die. BVNH brought some of the special Kanji hallmarked pieces back to Hawaii. And while most of the Kanji Centennial Dalas were given to Governor Ariyoshi and other dignitaries in Hawaii involved in the Centennial Celebration, none were ever sold. This is a very unique item. NOT PREVIUOSLY OFFERED FOR SALE Learn More
  5. 1986 IOLANI PALACE JUBILEE COPPER MEDAL

    1986 IOLANI PALACE JUBILEE COPPER MEDAL

    $49.00

    Temporarily Out of Stock

    In 1886, King David Kalakaua celebrated his 50th birthday Jubilee at the beautiful Iolani Palace, his Royal Residence in Honolulu. The 1986 Jubilee Centennial Medal is 27mm in diameter and features an exact replica of the medal struck for his 50th birthday Jubilee Celebration in November 1886 with King Kalakaua. The reverse, dated 1886, features a very fine engraving of lolani Palace commemorating the 1986 Jubilee Celebration. The 27mm bronze Jubilee Medal was not issued separately so it is very rare. RE: MINTLINE VOL 2 NO 2 Learn More
  6. 1986 IOLANI PALACE JUBILEE SILVER MEDAL

    1986 IOLANI PALACE JUBILEE SILVER MEDAL

    $85.00

    One hundred years ago, King David Kalakaua celebrated his 50th birthday Jubilee at the beautiful Iolani Palace, his Royal Residence in Honolulu. The scene of many festive occasions, lolani Palace remains popular with residents and visitors alike, and occupies a very significant place in Hawaiian history. The 1986 Jubilee Centennial Medal is 27mm in diameter and features an exact replica of the medal Kalakaua struck for his 50th birthday Celebration in November 1886. The obverse of the Jubilee Centennial Medal features King Kalakaua. The reverse, dated 1986, features a very fine engraving of lolani Palace commemorating the Jubilee Celebration. The Hawaiian Mint was honored to be commissioned by the Friends of lolani Palace to mint their Jubilee Medal. Initial minting consisted of 200 limited numbered Gold Proof Sets for $625 in a Koa wood case and a Limited Numbered Edition of 500 Proof .999 Fine Silver Medals for $30 each. RE: MINTLINE VOL 2 NO 2 Learn More
  7. 1989  HAWAII DALA 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF STATEHOOD SILVER PROOF

    1989 HAWAII DALA 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF STATEHOOD SILVER PROOF

    $69.00

    President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Hawaiian Statehood Act on March 18, 1959, thereby making Hawaii the 50th State. Hawaii's Star was formally added to the flag on July 4th, 1960. The Fiftieth Star of the Union is commemorated with the 1989 Hawaii Dala . The Limited Edition features a new portrait of Kamehameha on the obverse with the Hawaiian head dress and an unusually strong STAR design for the 30th anniversary of Statehood on the reverse. The obverse shows the famous statue of King Kamehameha as he watches Hawaii was transformed from tribal society to the "Cross Roads of the Pacific". The reverse features the State Flag of Hawaii and the 50 star American flag. The big central star is for Hawaii, the STAR of the Pacific. The dies were a particularly difficult experience. Both the obverse and reverse had to be re-engraved twice, but the final the results captured the unusual design. Check out the great detailed engraving on the flags. The 30th Anniversary of Hawaii Statehood Commemorative was limited to only 2500 Silver Dalas that measure 39mm, contain one full ounce of .999 fine silver and packaged in a box with a certificate of authenticity for $15.95 each. This is the eighth Annual Dala issued since the Mint’s first Kaladala in 1982 that commemorated the first dalas by King Kalakaua in 1883 – the only legal tender coinage issued by the Kingdom of Hawaii. RE: MINTLINE MAY 1989 RE: MINTLINE OCTOBER 1989 Learn More
  8. 1992 ST. ANDREWS CATHEDRAL 125TH ANNIVERSARY SILVER PROOF

    1992 ST. ANDREWS CATHEDRAL 125TH ANNIVERSARY SILVER PROOF

    $89.00

    1992 marked the 125th anniversary of the founding of St. Andrew Episcopal Cathedral. After King Kamehameha IV, who donated the land died suddenly, his wife, Queen Emma, raised the money for the magnificent stone church that is located in downtown Honolulu, next to the Governor's mansion. The obverse features the first duo engravings of Queen Emma and an original computer generated portrait of King Kamehameha IV as no profile photo exists. The reverse features a majestic image of St. Andrews Cathedral with exacting detail. RE: MINTLINE OCTOBER 1992 Learn More
  9. 1994 APOLOGY SILVER DALA

    1994 APOLOGY SILVER DALA

    $119.00

    Two US Presidents addressing the same event - the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii: "... By an act of war... the Government of a feeble but friendly and confiding people has been overthrown. A substantial wrong has thus been done which a due regard for our national character as well as the rights of the injured people requires we should endeavor to repair." Message to Congress from President Grover Cleveland - December 18, 1893 "The Congress... apologizes to Native Hawaiians on behalf of the people of the United States for the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii... with the participation of agents and citizens of the United States, and the deprivation of the rights of Native Hawaiians to self-determination. Joint resolution of Congress, signed by President Bill Clinton - November 23, 1993 Two Presidents... 100 years apart announced the same conclusion. The participation by agents of the United States government, including the U.S. Navy and Marine military units in the overthrow of the lawful government of Hawaii was not only blatantly wrong, but also injurious to the reputation and prestige of the American people and their government. It has taken 100 years, but the time has come to right this grievous wrong. To mark this historic event, Royal Hawaiian Mint created the Apology Dala. The obverse features the profile of President Bill Clinton. The reverse carries the inscription, "MIHI" (Apology). Resolved by Congress and signed by President Clinton, Senate joint Resolution 19 acknowledges and apologizes for the participation in the illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom on January 17, 1893. The inscription is emblazoned over a map of the Hawaiian Island. OIP of the one ounce .999 fine silver Apology Dala was $39.00. RE: MINTLINE OCTOBER 1994 Learn More
  10. 1995 KUAPAPA MO'I 200TH ANNIVERARY SILVER DALA

    1995 KUAPAPA MO'I 200TH ANNIVERARY SILVER DALA

    $95.00

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    For every nation, there is a pivotal event that changes the course of its history. The defeat of the Spanish Armada was the beginning of the solidification of the British empire. The end of the Civil War was the watershed event that led to America's ascendancy to a global power. For the Hawaiian people, it was the unification of the islands by King Kamehameha I. In 1795, Kamehameha met the combined fleets of Oahu and Kauai in a showdown naval engagement in Lahaina Bay. The cannon of the Fair American devastated the enemy fleet in what became known as "The Battle of the Red-Mouthed Gun". In the Spring of 1795, he landed a force of 8,000 to 12,000 men in 800 Koa canoes that stretched from Waikiki Beach to what is now Pearl Harbor. The warriors of Oahu fought with the grim determination of men striving to save their hearths and homes from an invader, but Kamehameha's forces were irresistible. They pushed the army of Oahu to the head of the Nuuanu Valley, just behind present-day Honolulu. By force of arms, Kamehameha gathered the people of the islands into a single Kingdom. For this, he is remembered. He held the colonial powers of Europe at bay. For this, he is honored. He imported Western products and techniques to raise his people's standard of living. For this he is loved. His enlightened leadership transformed ancient traditions into a modern code of just laws. For this, he is called "The Great". His victory at Nuuana Pali in 1795 effectively marked the end of Kamehameha's 13 year struggle to unify the Hawaiian people. As wise in peace as he was ruthless in war, he increased the production of food and established a code of justice. He maintained a conservative respect for the old traditions, yet welcomed every civilized innovation that would advance the welfare of his people. His plan was to amass so much power that he would never have to use it. He succeeded. RE:MINTLINE MARCH, 1995 Learn More

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