An eBay seller (with headline 1991 Kalakaua Silver Akahi Dala *** Mintage only 450 *** ) used the Royal Hawaiian Mint’s online database. Seller claims mintage of 450. If you read how many are in the 1991 Hawaiian Regency Set, the total now becomes 1,350.
The key point of this blog is to not just look at a single line from the database. One must look for sets and include those totals. In some cases, the database does correctly indicate sets included. So watch out…
Mintages aside, this is the first Kalakaua coin to have the added initials “wb” under Kalakaua’s bust. I have examined a specimen from the 1991 Hawaiian Regency set and can confirm the “wb” initials are also on these coins. Also, just above the “wb” are the new RHM hallmark initials on the King’s bust.
Here is a link to my earlier blog describing this find.