The Honolulu Mint: King Kalakaua Gold & Silver Coins

I’m still investigating/documenting the coins from The Honolulu Mint. Here are some preliminary findings.

There is a 22 mm  KALAKAUA MOI O HAWAII coin struck in both gold and silver.

The gold coin is 7 grams (0.25 oz) and 24 KT gold.

The silver coin is 16 grams (0.564 oz) and 0.999 fine silver. The coin is thick.

Both share the same obverse. Both are dated 1886. A distinction can be seen in the lettering with some of the letter bases touching one another. The two stars on each side of the date is another distinction of these coins (from the other mints).

Both reverse differ as the images shows.

The gold coin uses the same reverse as the Queen Liliuokalani coin I mentioned in a blog a few days ago. The silver coin has the ‘Iolani Palace as the main design element and with the dates 1836 – 1891 (birth year and year of passing of King Kalakaua). The King’s motto ” Ho`oulu Lāhui” is placed above the palace. The silver coin reverse has no “SL” initials nor any other markings indicating it was struck by The Honolulu Mint.

 

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