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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 7, February 17, 2008, Article 20

THE PATTERN COINAGE OF QUEEN LILLIUOCALANI OF HAWAII

Regarding my query from last week, Ken Bressett writes:
"Four different very attractive designs were produced as
patterns for the Hawaiian coins. These are dated 1891 and
1893. Some were made in gold, silver, copper iron and tin
in quantities of one to 50 of each.  It is estimated that
fewer than two dozen of any are in collections as most were
given to Huth's friends. All are 37mm in diameter. These
are listed, described and pictured in Hawaiian Coins, Tokens
and Paper Money by Maurice Gould and Kenneth Bressett.
Whitman Publishing. 1961.

The pieces were made to commemorate the reign of Queen
Liliuokalani, sister of King Kalakaua. Reginald Huth of
England, a well known London collector of coins and medals,
issued a number of other private pattern coins and medallic
portraits. The Hawaiian pieces were struck by Messrs. Pinches
and Co., London die sinkers and medallists under the direction
of Mr. Huth.

The pattern silver dollar piece dedicated to the queen is
dated 1891. 50 proofs were struck in silver. There is also
a pattern $20 gold piece with the same portrait dated 1893.
Only four specimens of this piece were struck. Both of these
pieces show a date and denomination.

In 1895, Mr. Huth issued a pattern silver dollar-size medal
in honor of Princess Kaiulani, former heir apparent to the
Throne of Hawaii. This piece gives no value, and the date is
in tiny numbers  at either side of the design. In larger
letters in the legend are roman numerals showing the date
of Kauilanis' 18th birthday, the day she could have ascended
to the throne. Two varieties of this piece were made. Both
are extremely rare.

[It looks like my library has a hole in it - it's embarrassing,
but somehow I'm missing the 1961 Whitman Hawaii book.  Time to
look for a copy.  Thanks, Ken! -Editor]

Tom Michael writes: "For information on the 1893 pattern
coinage of Queen Lilliuocalani of Hawaii, see Unusual
World Coins."

[OK, I need TWO more books for my library.  -Editor]

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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