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Hawaii Numismatics 101 - World vs US Listing



Delineating Hawaiian numismatics between World and US listings

NGC classifies coins, tokens and medals in the Medcalf & Russell reference (Hawaiian Money Standard Catalog) as "World Coins".

However, in checking the online NGC World Coin Census there are no United States selection or Hawaii selection. I would have expected the Hawaii coins, tokens and medals to be listed here as they are classified as "World Coins"

In addition, if you check the online NGC US Coin Census, NGC only lists the Kingdom of Hawaii coinage. Very strange listing since the Kingdom of Hawaii was never part of the US.

Hawaii lesson:

Hawaii was its own country as Kingdom of Hawaii, Provisional Government of Hawaii and Republic of Hawaii. It became part of the US as Territory of Hawaii and later State of Hawaii.

Stopping the confusion ...

Coins, medals, tokens prior to June 15, 1898 should be listed under "World Coins" (Hawaii was not part of the US until June 15, 1898).

Coins, medals, tokens dated June 15,1898 and later should be listed under "US Coins".

This sets a solid boundary in what is "World Coin" vs "US Coin" as it relates to Hawaiian numismatics.

I took the following panoramic picture of Manana Island (aka Rabbit Island) on December 3, 2012 while vacationing on Oahu.




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