Royal Hawaiian Mint

Original Mint Masterpieces Since 1974

1980-1984

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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. 1983  SAND DALA IN BRONZE

    1983 SAND DALA IN BRONZE

    $29.00

    Of course, Hawaii is known for its beaches. So one day when BVNH, Telle and their two boys were at Hapuna Beach, just makai from Waimea, BVNH was inspired to make a coin in the sand. And the “sand dala” quickly became a new “give away” for Mint visitors. Over time it was used as a token for $1.00 and had a huge dollar sign on it. The Sand Dala was minted with a variety of die combinations and muled with several dies over the years. The classic Hawaiian Sand Dala features THE HAWAIIAN MINT with the dollar sign on the obverse and the Big Island on the reverse. Learn More
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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

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