It's Mokie's Blog

20 Mar 2020

Newfoundland to Hawaii? I guess so.

Coins | It's Mokie

So, I was at my local coin shop about two months ago, waiting to make a purchase when I noticed the pictured book, Hawaiian Money: Standard Catalog, 2nd Edition, sitting on the book rack. I leafed through it briefly but put it back, made my purchase and left the shop. About a week later, after thinking about the book quite incessantly, I went back to the coin shop, plunked down 25 bucks and walked away with my treasure. It sat on the bookshelf for a few weeks until I took it out and started reading it about two weeks ago. Bottom line, this is a fascinating book about all manner of Hawaiian money from the actual minted Cent through Dollar, to the patterns, to the medals, transportation tokens, plantation tokens, store tokens, and lots of other stuff too numerous to mention. A fun addition to your library whether you have a real interest or not.

Suffice it to say, I was inspired and am now starting a Hawaiian collection. The following items have been purchased recently, the Hawaii Overprint and the statehood medal both actually arriving earlier today. I hope you enjoy, I plan on adding more items in the future and maybe do a show exhibit once we are back to a new normal.

Item 1 - 1883 Hawaiian Dime, King Kalkaua I, on the Obverse and the denomination, a crown, and a wreath on the reverse. Mintage -250,000, Designer-Charles Barber, Mint-San Francisco

Item 2 - 1959 Hawaii Statehood Medal, The Hawaiian Islands on the Obverse, the Seal of the State of Hawaii on the reverse, Mint- Medallic Art Company, Sculptor-Spero Anargyros

Item 3 - Series 1935A 1 Dollar Hawaii Overprint Bill, PMG Fine 15. These bills were overprinted so they could be rapidly demonetized should the Japanese invade Hawaii.

Mahalo Everybody!!!



Level 5

Seen quite a few Hawaii pieces, but do not own any. I will make sure my grandson reads your blog and reviews the photos. Maybe it will peak his interest.


Level 4

The HAWAII overprint note is interesting to me. The orange seal intrigues me, because my favorite color is orange.

The dime by Barber is an interesting counterpart and sister to the Barber coinage of 1892-1916. A real must-have for Barber fanatics.

It's Mokie

Level 6

and on the plus side, the series goes all the way up to a Silver Dollar. The Quarter is relatively inexpensive but the Half and Dollar are pricey.


Level 5

Of course, you will want to get the Heraldic Art medal that went along with Hawaii's admission to the union. It is a truly beautiful medal that you are definitely going to want. Follow this link to view it in my collection. https://coins.www.collectors-society.com/wcm/coinview.aspx?sc=430672

It's Mokie

Level 6

GARY, you are always tempting me with new treasures (Malcolm starts searching Ebay for a deal).


Level 6

Interesting area to collect. Nice to pick up interesting items at the coin ship.

Long Beard

Level 5

Love that patina of the 1959 medal. I would absolutely pay a premium on that one. Gorgeous!

It's Mokie

Level 6

I think it came with an antiqued finish, so the patina is mostly just the issued finish.


Level 5

I haven't seen that book but I would have bought it also.


Level 5

Sounds like a great book. Thats why they say dont judge a book by its cover. I have bought old books at antique stores to read and have usually been very pleased with the read. Plus, if your a numismatist always nice to add to a library of coin books. Hawaiian coins and currency is a nice area of collecting. I dont have any Hawaiian, but have had a interest. Thanks for sharing your book and Hawaiian coin story.


Level 6

Nice!! I like the Hawaii coinage. My coin guy, well he is closed now as I am in CA., Has a few pieces. The ones I saw were a bit pricey..I like the war bill. I have a North Africa/Mediterranean one. Where my dad served. Good luck. You are off to a fantastic start..

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