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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 19, May 7, 2006, Article 28

FEATURED WEB PAGE: HAWAII AND ITS COINAGE

This week's featured web page is an article by James C. Johnston Jr.
from the October 2004 issue of the Journal of Antiques and Collectibles
on "Hawaii and Its Coinage"   It's not so much about the coinage
but the author's quest to build a type collection of Hawaiian coinage
as a youth.

"Hawaii has always been an exciting place in my imagination. When I
was a pre-teen, I was collecting coins, stamps, and old books. In
those days, there seemed to be rare stuff all over the place. I would
dig through piles of old books and came up with treasure after
treasure for 10.

By the time I was 12, I often could spend as much as $5 or $10 for
a coin, stamps, or a book. For me, the trio was a natural to collect.
I found A New Voyage, Round the World In the Years 1768, 1769, 1770,
and 1771 Undertaken by Order of His Present Majesty, Performed by
James Cook, In the Ship Endeavour. The title goes on, but the really
rare thing about this book is not only the subject matter, but the
fact that it was printed in New York by James Rivington in 1774.
Books printed in America before the Revolution are rare, and this
subject was very popular."

Featured Web Site

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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