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King Kamehameha

King Kamehameha

Kamehameha the Great (reign 1795 - 1819) proved to be a true father to his people and maintained a conservative respect for the old traditions yet welcomed every civilized innovation that would advance the welfare of his people. He was the only Hawaiian to stay overnight aboard Captain Cook’s ship and the first Hawaiian to accept gold and silver coins as money. Kamehameha exemplified the essence of Hawaii's greatness. Kamehameha the Great was a master in both war and peace. He was truly one of the world's great leaders. He had no one to emulate, no past history to study. He could not pattern his efforts after Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan or Napoleon as others did. He had to find the way himself. And find it, he did. Blessed in battle by Madame Pele, the Volcano Goddess of Fire, Kamehameha beat his cousin, the heir to ruling the Big Island of Hawaii in a brazen confrontation and consolidated the ruling power under his leadership. He dared any and all to stop him and displayed the confidence of a champion in individual combat to the death. In 1795 with 16,000 warriors in double-hulled canoes complete with schooners, cannons and white men, Kamehameha accomplished what no other Hawaiian had ever done. He conquered all the Hawaiian Islands and founded the Kingdom of Hawaii. He then proved to be as wise in peace as he was brutal in war. Kamehameha introduced the concept of governmental legitimacy and instituted the rule of law for the Kingdom of Hawaii that included the Law of the Splintered Paddle (Kānāwai Māmalahoe). As a shrewd political leader as well as a skilled warrior, Kamehameha established the concept of law and order that could have been a point of popular criticism to his political advantage, while protecting the human rights of his people for future generations. His plan was to amass so much power that he would never have to use it. He succeeded.

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  1. 1976 KING KAMEHAMEHA WITH THE HAWAIIAN MINT - COPPER/ANTIQUED

    1976 KING KAMEHAMEHA WITH THE HAWAIIAN MINT - COPPER/ANTIQUED

    $50.00

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    Kamehameha, more than any other person in the history of the Hawaiian people, exemplifies the essence of Hawaii's greatness. Kamehameha, the first King of Hawaii, united the Hawaiian Islands with a flotilla of schooners, cannons and white men in 1795. Blessed in battle by Madame Pele, the Volcano Goddess, Kamehameha was the only Hawaiian to stay overnight aboard Captain Cook’s ship and the first Hawaiian to accept gold and silver coins for exchange. He was a true father of his people and maintained a conservative respect for the old traditions. His plan was to amass so much power that he would never use any of it. He succeeded. Learn More
  2. 1976 KING KAMEHAMEHA WITH THE HAWAIIAN MINT - COPPER/GOLD PLATED

    1976 KING KAMEHAMEHA WITH THE HAWAIIAN MINT - COPPER/GOLD PLATED

    $75.00

    Kamehameha, more than any other person in the history of the Hawaiian people, exemplifies the essence of Hawaii's greatness. Kamehameha, the first King of Hawaii, united the Hawaiian Islands with a flotilla of schooners, cannons and white men in 1795. Blessed in battle by Madame Pele, the Volcano Goddess, Kamehameha was the only Hawaiian to stay overnight aboard Captain Cook’s ship and the first Hawaiian to accept gold and silver coins for exchange. He was a true father of his people and maintained a conservative respect for the old traditions. His plan was to amass so much power that he would never use any of it. He succeeded. 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. 1986 KING KAMEHAMEHA SILVER HAWAII  DALA

    1986 KING KAMEHAMEHA SILVER HAWAII DALA

    $69.00

    In January 1986 The Hawaiian Mint declared bankruptcy under circumstances beyond its control. Later in the year, it issued one last coin to pay off its creditors - the first Hawaii Dala to feature Kamehameha the Great, who more than any other person in Hawaiian history exemplifies the essence of Hawaii’s greatness. In commemoration of Hawaii's greatest ruler, the 1986 Hawaii Dala features the great statue of King Kamehameha that is located across King Street from lolani Palace. The iconic Kamehameha statue is the symbol for both unification and aloha for which Kamehameha was master of both. He turned Hawaii towards peace after he united the Hawaiian Islands through conquest in 1810. The obverse die was meticulously created from this popular statue to capture every fine detail. The reverse die dated 1986 features the quote: He more than any other person in Hawaiian history exemplifies the essence of Hawaii’s greatness. The stunning "proof" one ounce .999 fine silver 1986 Hawaii Dala was limited to 500 coins. Each Dala was individually numbered on the edge with "1 oz. 999 fine silver" so as not to distract from the design. The original issue price was $29 each, packaged in a velvet bag with a certificate of authenticity. RE: MINTLINE NOVEMBER 1986 - BANKRUPTCY ISSUE Learn More
  5. 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
  6. 1988 KING KAMEHAMEHA  HAWAII SILVER DALA

    1988 KING KAMEHAMEHA HAWAII SILVER DALA

    $59.00

    The obverse of the 1988 Hawaii Dala features a bold new portrait inspired by the King Kamehameha the Great statue - Hawaii's most famous statue that stands across King Street from lolani Palace in downtown Honolulu. The reverse features a Hawaiian temple that was used by the Hawaiian Alii (Royality) and Kamehameha before he began his conquest that unified The Hawaiian Islands. The 1988 Dala, the third in the annual Silver Dala issue, is extremely will minted in outstanding PROOFLIKE condition. Each Dala was packaged in a flipette with a certificate of authenticity. The Issue was limited to 10,000 but less than 4,000 were sold before the deadline of December 31, 1988 for $15.95 each. MINTLINE OCTOBER 1988 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. 1990 KAMEHAMEHA HONOLULU DALA COUNTERSTRUCK WITH  LILIUOKALANI

    1990 KAMEHAMEHA HONOLULU DALA COUNTERSTRUCK WITH LILIUOKALANI

    $159.00

    June 9, 1990 was Kamehameha Day Weekend - a very special holiday in Hawaii – and an even more special as it marked another milestone as the Royal Hawaiian Mint opened its new facility in Honolulu. The Mint located to the historic King Kalakaua Building at King & Kalakaua in the old Kamaaina section of Honolulu. The minting operation was open and you could stand just six feet from the Mintmaster and actually see the King's coins being minted right before your eyes. Special minting exhibitions were performed at 10 AM and 2 PM every weekday. RHM is the only private mint on exhibition in the world! The Mint Museum also displays the heritage of Hawaiian coinage and a wide coins, currency and medals from around the world. To commemorate the Mint’s Grand Opening on Kamehameha Day Weekend, the Honolulu Dala with King Kamehameha on the obverse and Diamond Head on the reverse was counter-stamped with special 13 mm dies. The obverse counter-stamp featured Queen Lilioukalani from the 1990 Royal Hawaiian Gold Issue and the reverse counter-stamp bears the legend, "Royal Hawaiian Mint - Grand Opening – 6.9.90 - Honolulu." OIP was $19.95 in a deluxe presentation box with a Certificate of Authenticity. RE: INVITATION TO GRAND OPENING JUNE 1990 Learn More
  9. 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
  10. 1996  KING KAMEHAMEHA AKAHI SILVER DALA

    1996 KING KAMEHAMEHA AKAHI SILVER DALA

    $69.00

    The 1996 Kamehameha Silver Dala features his famous statue that is prominently displayed in front of Iolani Palace in downtown Honolulu. Kamehameha the Great is honored throughout Hawaii for uniting the Hawaiian Islands in 1795. He proved to be a wise and gifted ruler who became a true father to his people. Kamehameha exemplified the essence of Hawaii's greatness. Learn More

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