Royal Hawaiian Mint

Original Mint Masterpieces Since 1974

Royal Issues

Royal Issues

The Royal Issues feature King Kalakaua, Queen Liliuokalani and Princess Kaiulani. From Iolani Palace to the pageantry of the Kingdom of Hawaii with its silver coinage by King Kalakaua in 1883, the Royal Issues commemorate the most important events of the Hawaiian Kingdom in medallic art. From the stunning detail in the King Kalakaua, Queen Liliuokalani and Princess Kaiulani Gold five coin sets to the original Gold Crown design and the Platinum Puela by the Mint, the Royal Issues testify to the unique beauty of the Hawaiian coinage by the Royal Hawaiian Mint.

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  1. 1991 PRINCESS KAIULANI PLATINUM HAPAUMI PUELA

    1991 PRINCESS KAIULANI PLATINUM HAPAUMI PUELA

    $550.00

    In 1988 the Mint struck a few trial platinum specimens, but never considered producing a platinum issue until the beautiful Princess Dala dies were in hand. So in 1991, BVNH selected the new 17mm one tenth ounce Princess die to test the minting qualities of platinum in preparation for a future platinum issue. A special platinum reverse “hapaumi” (one tenth of an ounce) die was cut that featured the Hawaii Puela that was the center-most design element of the Hawaii Crest that was the center-most element in the Hawaii Coat of Arms. The idea was to use the most sacred symbol, the Puela, with the most precious of the precious metals. Everything worked great. The test platinum minting was a success. But it was not until 1997 that the complete Hawaiian Platinum Puela would be issued in all five sizes. The 1991 Princess Puela platinum specimens weigh one tenth of an ounce of .9995 fine platinum. These trial strike Hapaumis have never been released. NOT PREVIOUSLY OFFERED FOR SALE Learn More
  2. 1997 KING KALAKAUA HALF OUNCE PLATINUM PUELA

    1997 KING KALAKAUA HALF OUNCE PLATINUM PUELA

    $1,200.00

    1997 was indeed the Mint’s platinum year when it issued the Royal Hawaiian Platinum Puela Set named in honor of the Puela. The Puela is the center most element of the Royal Crest of the Kingdom of Hawaii, which is the central most element of the Kingdom’s Royal Coat of Arms. The Puela occupies the important central position because the “Puela” was the pennant that flew from the top of the reigning Chief or King’s outrigger as a symbol of authority. As such the Puela is a highly revered symbol of the Kingdom of Hawaii and a fitting name for the Royal Hawaiian Platinum Set. Then as BVNH was concluding the most demanding minting of his 25 year career as Mintmaster, he noticed that a few extra half ounce planchets had not been minted. Quickly, he re-polished the dies, set up the press and minted the last few remaining planchets. Today, those 1997 Half Ounce Platinum Puelas with King Kalakaua are the last specimens from the Royal Hawaiian Puela Platinum Set. First time sold as a single coin. Learn More

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