Royal Hawaiian Mint

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King Kalakaua

King Kalakaua

In 1883, when the Hawaiian Islands were still an independent kingdom, King Kalakaua I authorized the only legal tender coinage ever issued by his island nation. The story of the original coins begins when special representatives of the King of Hawaii asked Charles Barber of the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia to design a set of legal tender coinage for the kingdom. Barber had designed many U.S. coins and his name is today associated with whole series of 19th century coins. Barber's designs were submitted to the King and approved. The U.S. Mint in Philadelphia struck six proof sets in September, 1883. Coins earmarked for circulation in the islands were struck at the Mint in San Francisco. The coins remained in circulation even after the monarchy was deposed eleven years later. Stanford B. Dole was named the first and only President of the Republic of Hawaii in 1893.

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  1. 1982 KING KALAKAUA SILVER  KALA DALA

    1982 KING KALAKAUA SILVER KALA DALA

    $89.00

    A full year before the centennial of the King Kalakaua coinage of 1883, BVNH was already planning to do an outstanding job on the upcoming Centennial Dala. The Kala Dala was created to work out any minting problems for the Mint’s first major 39mm size issue in preparation for minting a fantastic Silver Centennial Dala and the Hawaii Gold Crown of original design. In so doing, quite a collectors' piece was created. RE: MINTLINE OCTOBER 1987 Learn More
  2. 1982 KING KALAKAUA SILVER KALA DALA - FIRST DAY OF ISSUE

    1982 KING KALAKAUA SILVER KALA DALA - FIRST DAY OF ISSUE

    $180.00

    KALA DALA DAY - December 5, 1981: The first Champagne Party was in full swing when BVNH struck Hawaii's very first one ounce silver coin ever minted in Hawaii: the Kala Dala (Hawaiian for Silver Dollar). Although not known at the time, the Kala Dala was the first “Dala” of an annual issue that continues today. Friends, neighbors and collectors joined Bernard and Telle Presley for the first Mint party in the little town of Waimea on the Big Island of Hawaii. The Mint facility only measured 9 by 11 feet and the 600-ton coining press consumed most of the room. The small space and the sheer sound of the press prohibited most people to venture inside. To commemorate such a historic occasion, BVNH made a hallmark made out of a 16-penny nail and heat treated it in a bucket of water. He then hand-stamped the first 100 Kala Dalas with the "First Day of Issue" (FDI) stamp! The hundred Kala Dalas that featured King Kalakaua were sold for $13.50 each as quickly as BVNH could mint them. A total of 300 FDI's were minted that day. The Kala Dala was minted as a trial exercise in preparation for minting the Centennial Dala to commemorate the King Kalakaua Issue of 1883 - Hawaii's only coinage to circulate as legal tender. Learn More
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 2004 KING KALAKAUA SILVER $10 DALA

    2004 KING KALAKAUA SILVER $10 DALA

    $300.00

    In 2004, Royal Hawaiian Mint commemorated its 30th Anniversary with the unique issue of a six dala set utilizing the Mint’s six “Royal Designs.” The 2004 Ten Dala Set was unique because it featured a dollar sign denomination on the reverse for the first time. While many RHM issues have the “dala” denomination, none had a dollar sign value until 2004. In addition to the six classic “Royal” designs and the $10 Dala reverse with the Kingdom of Hawaii Royal Coat-of-Arms, the issue was also unique because none of the 50 dalas of each design were ever sold. Bernard gave the 30 complete custom packaged sets to friends when he visited Hawaii in 2004 and the most of the 20 singles of each design were used as tips and give aways when he visited Hawaii. Few of the 2004 Ten Dala issue survive in original mint condition. Learn More
  7. 2007 $20 KALAKAUA HAWAII DALA COUNTER STAMPED WITH QUEEN LILIUOKALANI

    2007 $20 KALAKAUA HAWAII DALA COUNTER STAMPED WITH QUEEN LILIUOKALANI

    $285.00

    The stunning 2007 one ounce silver Hawaii Dala with King Kalakaua - the last King of Hawaii is greatly enhanced with the 10mm counter stamp of Queen Liliuokalani - the last Queen of Hawaii. Each King Hawaii Dala is individually counter stamped with a 10mm 2007 Queen die and the Royal Hawaiian Gold with Crown reverse die. This very limited issue was created by the Mintmaster holding the original 39mm Dala in one hand while operating the coining press with the other hand. As such, counter stamping is a very dangerous operation and by its nature, each counter stamped dala has individual characteristics such as place, rotation and depth of the counter strike. Please note that due to the individual quality of the counter striking process that the stamping cannot be proof and may not be a full strike. The quantity of the King/Queen counter strikes was limited to only 20 specimens. Learn More
  8. 2007 KING KALAKAUA $20 HAWAII DALA

    2007 KING KALAKAUA $20 HAWAII DALA

    $200.00

    The Liberty Dollar inspired $20 King Hawaii Dala features King Kalakaua who was known as the Merry Monarch, issued the only Hawaiian coinage in 1883, built Iolani Palace and was the last King of Hawaii. The $20 Hawaii Dala reverse features the Liberty Dollar logo with the Hawaii Crest and Crown. Learn More
  9. 2007 KING KALAKAUA $20 HAWAII DALA WITH GOLD RELIEF

    2007 KING KALAKAUA $20 HAWAII DALA WITH GOLD RELIEF

    $440.00

    The Liberty Dollar inspired $20 King Hawaii Dala features King Kalakaua who was known as the Merry Monarch, issued the only Hawaiian coinage in 1883, built Iolani Palace and was the last King of Hawaii. The $20 Hawaii Dala reverse features the Liberty Dollar logo with the Hawaii Crest and Crown. The $20 King Hawaii Dala contains one full ounce of .999 fine silver beautifully minted in Proof-like condition and measures 39 mm in diameter with a reeded edge. Both the King's portrait, Hawaiian Crest and rim are beautifully covered in 24K gold relief. Learn More
  10. 2010  HAPAUMI SILVER DALA COLLECTION

    2010 HAPAUMI SILVER DALA COLLECTION

    $89.00

    The 2010 Hapaumi Silver Collection includes: King Kamehameha the Great who united the Hawaiian Island and became a true father to his people; King Kalakaua who is remembered as the “Merry Monarch” for his music, the Hawaiian Renaissance, Iolani Palace and issuing Hawaii’s only coinage; Queen Liliuokalani the much beloved last monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaii; Princess Kaiulani who was named “Heir Apparent” to the Royal Hawaiian Throne but died too early to rule and; Kamehameha the warrior who united the Hawaiian Islands after the Battle of Nuuanu in 1795. Learn More

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