HAWAII half dollar 1883


HAWAII, half dollar, 1883, silver, 0.3617 ozT, KM6, scratches, VF

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First humans appeared apparently at the start of the 4th century AD. More people arrived. Local chiefs fought each other for dominance. The governing style was typical Polynesian strongman with absolute power, everyone else does what they’re told. Captain Cook arrived in the 18th century. The islands became a popular stopping point in the Pacific transit. Diseases and wars between chiefs killed off half of the Hawaiian population in the 19th century. Kamehameha I united all of the islands in 1795. British and later American interests were pressed. Local developments prompted several interventions, culminating in a coup by local American businessmen that overthrew the monarchy and established a Republic. A few years later negotiations produced an agreement for the annexation of Hawaii as a territory. After 60 more years of negotiation it became a state of the USA.

Coin collectors tend to be geographically oriented. If they are not patriotically collecting the coins of only their own country or sentimentally some other country then perhaps they will collect a region. The Pacific islands that start with Borneo and progress eastward to Hawaii and Easter Island are culturally very varied and spread across an expanse of water three times the size of Asia. Size of these islands ranges from Australia to Nauru. Population of Indonesia 1/4 billion Tonga100000. Coins were made in Indonesia1000 years ago if not earlier.

By “Modern World Coins” we mean here generally the round flat shiny metal objects that people have used for money and still do. “Modern” though varies by location. There was some other way they were doing their economies and then they switched over to “modern coins” then they went toward paper money now we’re all going toward digital a future in which kids look at a coin and say “What’s that?” We’ll say: “We used to use those to buy things.” Kids will ask “How?” The main catalog reference is the Standard Catalog of World Coins to which the KM numbers refer.