Royal Hawaiian Mint

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Private Issues

Private Issues

Custom coins have a long numismatic history of commemorating important events by nations, businesses, couples’ anniversary or an individual’s success. Every conceivable event has been commemorated. Private Issues have a special place due to their personal nature and often because of the value of their gold and silver content. Some of the Mint’s most popular private issues include, Kamehameha Schools/Bishop Estate, Bishop Museum, Bank of Hawaii, Hawaiian Telephone, Hawaii Visitors Bureau, State of Hawaii, OHA and Pete’s Pantheon Saloon on Hotel Street in Honolulu and many others.

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  1. 1983 KONA DOLLAR - BRONZE

    1983 KONA DOLLAR - BRONZE

    $29.00

    It was probably not by chance that BVNH would know the president of the Kona Chamber of Commerce as there was very little “commerce” in little Waimea other than it being the home of Parker Ranch, once the largest ranch in the United States. So one day, Jim told BVNH that he was interested in having a Kona Dollar minted for the Kona Chamber of Commerce. Obviously, such a noteworthy idea was meant to be and soon the Mint was minting the Chamber’s new money. OIP was $1.00. Learn More
  2. 1983 KONA ELKS CLUB - BRONZE

    1983 KONA ELKS CLUB - BRONZE

    $59.00

    In 1983, the Elks held their state convention at the Kona Elks Club on the Big Island of Hawaii. So with all the publicity about Hawaii’s first mint just up "mauka" (up the mountain) from the Kona Coast, the Kona Elks contacted the Mint to produce a commemorative for the convention. BVNH answered the call and produced a 39mm bronze medal that originally had a ribbon so it could be worn. This issue was not sold publicly. NOT PREVIUOSLY OFFERED FOR SALE Learn More
  3. 1986 KAMEHAMEHA SCHOOLS & BISHOP ESTATE CENTENNIAL WITH KAMEHAMEHA

    1986 KAMEHAMEHA SCHOOLS & BISHOP ESTATE CENTENNIAL WITH KAMEHAMEHA

    $125.00

    The Kamehameha Schools/Bishop Estate* issued three commemorative coin sets to commemorate the centennial of its founding: the issues featured: Kamehameha, the School’s namesake in 1986, Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the School’s founder in 1987 and Charles Reed Bishop, Pauahi’s husband and the School’s financial architect in 1988. The three coin commemorative collection was first conceived by Mr. Richard Lyman, the 84-year-old President of the Board of Trustees for Bishop Estate and inspired by Dr. Donald Mitchell, the Schools' 50 year scholar and reknown author. The three-year Centennial commenced with a Special Mint Ceremony at the Royal Hawaiian Mint with the Board of Bishop Estate Trustees, the Governor and Lt. Governor of Hawaii, the Chief Justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court and special guests who minted their own gold and silver coins on Founder's Day, December 19, 1986. The Kamehameha Coin honors the Schools' namesake and Bernice Pauahi Bishop’s great-grandfather, Kamehameha the Great, who united the Hawaiian Islands under one kingdom in 1810 and bequest his entire estate to Mrs. Bishop. The obverse features a beautifully engraved bust of Kamehameha from a live watercolor painting by the French painter Louis Choris. The extremely well- detailed engraving is complete with the Estate/School name, anniversary motto and IMUA (FORWARD!), the Kamehameha battle cry and School’s motto. The reverse features the Hawaiian Islands and quotes Kamehameha’s last words spoken on May 8, 1819; "E 'oni wale no 'oukou i ku'u pono...” (“Endless is the good I have given you to enjoy…”) The Limited Numbered Edition in gold and silver each weigh a full ounce of .999 fine gold or silver in the 39mm commemorative Dala size. The 1986 Kamehameha Coin was $950 in gold, $39 in silver and $15 for bronze. Each Dala was packaged in a custom booklet with certificate of authenticity and story by Dr. Mitchell. * Kamehameha Schools/Bishop Estate, founded in 1887 by the estate of Bernice Pauahi Bishop, is rooted in the aina (land) - the heart of Hawaiian life. Since its founding, this "State Treasure" has grown dramatically and today is Hawaii's largest land owner whose educational programs and rich traditions touch the lives of thousands of individuals in Hawaii. RE: MINTLINE MAY 1987 RE: MINTLINE OCTOBER 1987 Learn More
  4. 1987  KAUAI LAGOONS - GRAND OPENING - BRONZE

    1987 KAUAI LAGOONS - GRAND OPENING - BRONZE

    $29.00

    In 1987, the Mint was commissioned by Westin Hotels to create a unique "Transportation Token" for the exclusive use on The Lagoons at The Westin Kauai on Kauai. The name of the bronze “Hapawalu” was derived from the first Hawaiian money issued by Ladd & Co. the first Hawaiian sugar cane plantation that was started on Kauai in 1835. The plantation scrip was used to pay workers and also served to supplement the scarce supply of "hard" currency in Hawaii during the early and mid-19th Century. The Obverse features a Flying Unicorn, the resort's symbol, and the legend "KAUAI LAGOONS". The reverse carries the Westin Hotel and Resort logo with the name and location of the resort property. In 1987 the Royal Hawaiian Mint delivered 50,000 Bronze Hapawalu tokens that were purchased by guests for $2.00 each and used to pay for boat transportation around the 600 acre mega-resort tour of The Lagoons and its exotic animal covered islands. In addition to the 50,000 regular bronze tokens, a special early issue was minted in time for the Hotel's opening in 1987. Only 1200 Opening Day tokens were minted and are easily identified by the flat wreath on the obverse. RE: MINTLINE MAY 1989 Learn More
  5. 1987 KAM SCHOOLS/BISHOP ESTATE CENTENNIAL-BERNICE BISHOP-BRONZE

    1987 KAM SCHOOLS/BISHOP ESTATE CENTENNIAL-BERNICE BISHOP-BRONZE

    $39.00

    The 1987 Pauahi Coin was dedicated to Mrs. Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the founder of The Kamehameha Schools/Bishop Estate who willed her estate for "a school for boys and a school for girls " to teach her native Hawaiian people in the best tradition of the Christian religion. She understood that the salvation of her Hawaiian people would come only through education. OIP for the 1987 Pauahi bronze coin was $15. RE: MINTLINE OCTOBER 1987 Learn More
  6. 1988 KAMEHAMEHA SCHOOLS & BISHOP ESTATE CENTENNIAL WITH CHARLES REED BISHOP

    1988 KAMEHAMEHA SCHOOLS & BISHOP ESTATE CENTENNIAL WITH CHARLES REED BISHOP

    $125.00

    Charles Reed Bishop was honored as the man most responsible for the founding of Kamehameha Schools/Bishop Estate.* The Bishop Coin completed the Bishop Estate Centennial Set of three coins, dated 1986, 1987 and 1988 As Bernice Pauahi Bishop's husband, Mr. Bishop organized Bernice’s will that founded Kamehameha Schools and Bishop Estate. He also founded Bishop & Co., the first chartered bank in the Kingdom and the second oldest bank west of the Rocky Mountains. Today it is the First Hawaiian Bank. He financed the first electric company, the telephone company and much of the development that is still dominant in Honolulu today. The third in a series of three commemorative coins, was observed with a special ceremony held at the Royal Hawaiian Mint. The Charles Reed Bishop coin completes the three-year celebration that included the Bernice Pauahi Bishop three coin set and the Kamehameha three coin set that commemorated the centennial of Kamehameha Schools & Bishop Estate just as Papa Lyman wished. The obverse features Charles Reed Bishop "Hawaii’s forgotten man," the Estate/School name, anniversary dedication and School motto: IMUA (FORWARD!) The reverse features Bishop Hall, the Schools' first building that was built by Mr. Bishop. The Limited Numbered Edition of gold and silver coins each weigh a one ounce of .999 fine gold or silver in the full 39mm Dala size. The original issue of the Bishop coin was $950 for gold, $39 for silver and $15 for bronze. Each coin was packaged in a custom booklet with a certificate of authenticity and story by Dr. Mitchell. * Kamehameha Schools/Bishop Estate, founded in 1887 by the estate of Bernice Pauahi Bishop, is rooted in the aina (land) - the heart of Hawaiian life. Since its founding, this "State Treasure" has grown dramatically and today is Hawaii's largest land owner whose educational programs and rich traditions touch the lives of thousands of individuals in Hawaii. RE: MINTLINE MAY 1987 RE: MINTLINE OCTOBER 1987 RE: MINTLINE OCTOBER 1988 Learn More
  7. 1988 KAUAI LAGOONS - NICKEL

    1988 KAUAI LAGOONS - NICKEL

    $99.00

    In 1988, the Mint completed the custom order for a “Transportation Token” to Westin Hotels for the exclusive use on The Lagoons at The Westin Kauai on Kauai with the delivery of 5,000 nickel “Hapalua” Tokens that was good for a $12.00 boat tour of 600 acre mega-resort’s Lagoons and its exotic animal covered islands. The 1988 cupro nickel token was named a Hapalua to distinguish it from the 1987 cupro nickel Hapawalu token. The Hapalua obverse featured a Flying Unicorn, the resort's symbol and the legend "KAUAI LAGOONS". The reverse featured HAPALUA, the hotel name and logo plus the name and location of the resort property. OIP was $12.00. RE: MINTLINE MAY 1989 Learn More
  8. 1989 KING KALAKAUA GOLD HSNA MEDAL

    1989 KING KALAKAUA GOLD HSNA MEDAL

    $225.00

    In honor of the annual Honolulu Coin Show in 1989, the Mint issued 65 one twentieth ounce, 13mm gold HSNA commemorative for the Hawaii State Numismatic Association. The obverse featured King Kalakaua dated 1989 and the reverse simply stated: HSNA, .9999 FINE GOLD and 1989. PRIVATE ISSUE - NOT PREVIUOSLY OFFERED FOR SALE Learn More
  9. 1991 EDCH SILVER COMMEMORATIVE

    1991 EDCH SILVER COMMEMORATIVE

    $39.00

    On September 24, 1990 The American Stock Exchange (AMEX) officially announced its agreement with the Economic Development Corp. of Honolulu (EDCH) to design a securities trading facility in Hawaii. The Hawaiian facility was to service the Pacific Rim counties. AMEX and EDCH, a private non-profit organization funded by Hawaiian businesses, was committed to developing an electronic after-hours trading system in union with the Chicago Board Options Exchange, the Cincinnati Stock Exchange and Reuters Holdings PLC. The equity products system would operate between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. New York time. Hawaii offered the exchange an attractive time zone. A 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Hawaiian trading day would overlap with: the end of the New York trading day; proposed North American off-hours electronic trading sessions; and the beginning of Tokyo's trading day. During that time, Hawaiian market makers could make markets in exchange-traded products and derivatives. Phil Steele, senior vice president for special projects at AMEX felt the Hawaiian facility would complement an electronic system by having markets being made during the hours the system is operating. "Our basic belief is if you put something together in Hawaii, it's going to attract Pacific Rim order flow." With such great optimism for a Hawaiian trading center, the EDCH commissioned the Mint in 1991 to produce a 39mm, one ounce .999 fine silver commemorative. The obverse features the Honolulu skyline with ominous clouds that for told the future of the ill-conceived project. The reverse features a map of the Pacific Ocean and links the AMEX Hawaiian exchange would have with its major trading locations. PRIVATE ISSUE - NOT PREVIUOSLY OFFERED FOR SALE Learn More
  10. 1992 WATERHOUSE COMMEMORATIVE IN BRONZE

    1992 WATERHOUSE COMMEMORATIVE IN BRONZE

    $59.00

    The Waterhouse family dates back to John Thomas Waterhouse Sr. a Methodist missionary and his son, John Thomas Waterhouse Jr., who arrived in Hawaii with his father in 1851. John T. Waterhouse Jr. started the Waterhouse Trust Company, a financial firm dealing with real estate, brokerage, investments and insurance. He also served in the Legislature during the monarchy, the Provisional Government, the Republic of Hawaii and favored Hawaii’s annexation to the United States. John T. Waterhouse issued the earliest known Hawaiian token in soft white metal with the bust of King Kamehameha III on the obverse and the name of his firm on the reverse with the Hawaiian inscription "hale maikai" that means "house excellent"- a good place to do business. The tokens circulated from 1855 to 1860. The Waterhouse name is still well known in Hawaii today, as descendants of John T. Waterhouse carry on the traditions of their early pioneer family with several business enterprises. In 1992, the Mint was honored to commemorate the 80th birthday of Alexander Cooke Waterhouse with gold, silver and bronze medals based on the original 1855 tokens issued by the Waterhouse Company of Honolulu. Learn More

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