HAWAII 1883 silver Hapalua 50 Cents, San Francisco mint. Scarce 1-year type, small mintage, most were melted down when Hawaii became US territory in 1900. An attractive specimen in XF condition with original light-gray patina.
Rare Kingdom of Hawaii 1883 silver Half-Dollar; minted for the Kingdom in the U.S. at the San Francisco mint, short-lived 1-year type.
After Hawaii became a US territory in 1900, the entire 1883 coinage was withdrawn from the circulation and a huge portion of the original issue was redeemed and melted down. According to the official US mint records, from the original mintage of 699,974 Half-Dollar coins, 612,245 (!!) were redeemed and melted down. Nova days this type is rare in better grades as many surviving coins were made into pendants, medals and jewelry. The coin weights about 12.5 gm, about 31 mm in diameter, .900 silver content, reeded edge. This original HAWAII 1883 silver Hapalua 50 Cents was not cleaned or polished. No typical rim nicks or dings; nice original light-gray patina throughout; these are the actual photos.
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