Hawaiian Mint King Kalakua
1883-1983 Kala Dala Proof Struck on Scrap
Aloha. Kala Dala (Hawaiian for Silver Dollar) Commemoratives Proofs were struck at the Royal Hawaiian Mint, Kamuela, Hawaii. The silver proof coin had a limited issue of 10,000 and celebrates the 100th year anniversary of the minting of the Kalakaua I Kala Dala coin in 1883.
The proof error coins shown here were broadstruck on an off metal piece of scrap. The scrap is aluminum in nature. I have seen other specimens both raw and having been encapsulated. One top tier third party grading service assigns them as a test strike. Regardless, the examples shown here are large and impressive.
The first specimen shown I recently obtained from an estate sale of Hawaiiana.
Some may not be aware but the Royal Hawaiian Mint did strike legal circulating coinage. In fact, Charles Barber of the US Mint in Philadelphia was asked by special representatives of King Kalakaua to provide designs for the independent kingdom in 1883. The designs were approved by the King and the Philadelphia mint struck six proof sets in September, 1883. Coins for circulation in the islands were subsequently then struck at the San Francisco Mint.
The next specimen are images courtesy Fred Weinberg. It too was largely broadstruck on a piece of aluminum scrap and sold for nearly $200.00 raw! Very Cool - !! Aloha.