Royal Hawaiian Mint

Original Mint Masterpieces Since 1974

1985-1989

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  1. 1985 CENTENNIAL OF JAPANESE IMMIGRATION TO HAWAII - BRONZE

    1985 CENTENNIAL OF JAPANESE IMMIGRATION TO HAWAII - BRONZE

    $49.00

    The 100th anniversary of the Japanese immigration to Hawaii was also commemorated with a 39mm bronze proof coin. Minted with the same set of dies used for the gold and silver issue, the bronze Japanese commemorative has the same great proof quality as the gold and silver issues. OIP was $9 each. RE: 1985 MINTLINE VOL 2, NO 1 Learn More
  2. 1985 CENTENNIAL OF JAPANESE IMMIGRATION TO HAWAII IN SILVER

    1985 CENTENNIAL OF JAPANESE IMMIGRATION TO HAWAII IN SILVER

    $79.00

    One hundred years ago the Kanyaku Imin, Japanese contract immigrants, set forth on a journey armed with only faith and a desire for a better life. They were the first Japanese ever allowed to immigrate to anywhere, as Japan was a closed country, where even visitors were forbidden to visit. In 1881, King Kalakaua opened the door for Japanese to immigrate to Hawaii when he visited Emperor Meiji in Japan on his round the world tour – the first by any reigning monarch – while his Iolani Palace was under construction in Honolulu. On February 8, 1885, the S.S. City of Tokio (1885 translation) arrived at the Port of Honolulu with 944 immigrants. King Kalakaua welcomed the men, women and children, on a day that changed Hawaii forever. The contract laborers worked hard in the sugarcane fields for 35 cents a day. Remaining true to their customs, traditions and values, they confirmed that with a sense of duty, discipline and hard work, all things are possible to achieve. The strong-willed Japanese persevered and succeeded. George R. Ariyoshi, the first Governor of Hawaii of Japanese descent, and the Coordinating Committee authorized The Hawaiian Mint to issue the Official Coin to commemorate the 100th year anniversary of the Kanyaku Imin – the Japanese immigration to Hawaii. The Hawaiian Mint designated 1985 as "The Year of the Imin," in celebration of the contribution made by the Kanyaku Imin, Japanese contract workers, by issuing The Official Coin in Gold, Silver and Bronze. The official Coin for 1985 commemorates the Japanese spirit of success. The story of the Japanese in Hawaii is an American story. For we are all Imin. The unique designs were the work of Milici/Valenti Advertising and BVNH. The obverse features the immigrants and the S.S. City of Tokio ship. The reverse features a sugarcane, mill and The Rising Sun with the obverse legend in Japanese. All coins were proof minted to the highest standards, numbered, and certified at the Mint. The Gold coins were packaged in a handsome cherrywood case and the silver was packaged in a velvet bag with a certificate of authenticity of the numbered edition. The OIP for the silver proof was $39. A generous portion of all coin sales was pledged to the Governor's Coordinating Council for the Centennial Celebration. As President Harry Truman commended the Nisei delegation, "You fought not only the enemy, but you fought prejudice and you have won." RE: 1985 MINTLINE VOL 2, NO 1 Learn More
  3. 1985 CENTENNIAL OF JAPANESE IMMIGRATION TO HAWAII WITH KANJI HALLMARK

    1985 CENTENNIAL OF JAPANESE IMMIGRATION TO HAWAII WITH KANJI HALLMARK

    $250.00

    One of the highlights of the Japanese Centennial was that Governor George R. Ariyoshi, the first Japanese governor of Hawaii, appointed BVNH to be his goodwill ambassador to Japan. For approx two months, BVNH traveled throughout Japan visiting the governors of the prefectures (states) that the immigrants came from. Everywhere he went the Japanese shared their memories and fielded questions about their family’s new adopted home in Hawaii. Most days started with an official function, visiting the local sites, including Hiroshima and the devisting museum devoted to the effects of the atomic bomb. The highlight of the goodwill tour was visiting the governor of each prefecture. While BVNH took a good supply of Japanese Commemoratives to present to each Governor as omiagi (traditional gift giving) he was not prepared for the grandeur that such a gesture would generate. The official gifts from the governors were as amazing as the different people BVNH met. Every day was a marvel. Every day was filled with a surprise. The most amazing surprise was that a Japanese medal manufacturer engraved a Kanji hallmark on 100 bronze commemoratives. It was placed in the field of the obverse die. BVNH brought some of the special Kanji hallmarked pieces back to Hawaii. And while most of the Kanji Centennial Dalas were given to Governor Ariyoshi and other dignitaries in Hawaii involved in the Centennial Celebration, none were ever sold. This is a very unique item. NOT PREVIUOSLY OFFERED FOR SALE Learn More
  4. 1986 IOLANI PALACE JUBILEE COPPER MEDAL

    1986 IOLANI PALACE JUBILEE COPPER MEDAL

    $49.00

    Temporarily Out of Stock

    In 1886, King David Kalakaua celebrated his 50th birthday Jubilee at the beautiful Iolani Palace, his Royal Residence in Honolulu. The 1986 Jubilee Centennial Medal is 27mm in diameter and features an exact replica of the medal struck for his 50th birthday Jubilee Celebration in November 1886 with King Kalakaua. The reverse, dated 1886, features a very fine engraving of lolani Palace commemorating the 1986 Jubilee Celebration. The 27mm bronze Jubilee Medal was not issued separately so it is very rare. RE: MINTLINE VOL 2 NO 2 Learn More
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 1987 HO'OLAKO SILVER DALA

    1987 HO'OLAKO SILVER DALA

    $79.00

    Ho’olako! To all who lived in Hawaii and to those who have never visited – we are enriched for Hawaii is enriching! 1987 was the Year of the Hawaiian. The year to "Celebrate and commemorate the Hawaiian culture.” The 1987 Ho'olako Dala was designated "The Official Coin" by Tommy Kaulukukui and the Ho'olako Committee. The design is an exciting example of contemporary Hawaiian art that symbolizes the birth of Hawaii - Born of Wakea (Sky) and Papa (Earth) the design was created by noted artist Ms. Momi Cazimero. Since only a few collectors were able to get the “Kamehameha the Great” obverse design in 1986, it was fittingly chosen as the obverse for the 1987 Ho’olako Dala - Year of the Hawaiian. The First 1000 Silver Ho’olako Dalas were numbered and were reserved exclusively for MintLine collectors at the original issue price of $29 each. A few Gold Ho'olako Dalas were numbered and presented in handcrafted Koa wood cases with a Certificate of Authentic for $995.00. And a miniature 17mm 18 karat Gold Ho’olako Dala with King Kalakaua or Queen Liliuokalani obverse was also available as a jewelry pendant for $139. RE: MINTLINE MAY 1987 RE: MINTLINE OCTOBER 1987 Learn More
  10. 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

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