Grade My Hawaiian Dime

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by longshot, Feb 24, 2020.


Your Grade?

  1. G-6

    0 vote(s)
  2. VG-8

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  3. VG-10

    1 vote(s)
  4. F-12

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  5. F-15

    1 vote(s)
  6. VF-20

    6 vote(s)
  7. VF-25

    2 vote(s)
  8. other (explain)

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  1. longshot

    longshot Enthusiast Supporter

    Hawaii Dime.jpg

    So I went to a small show on Saturday with an itch to swap a coin I didn't like for something. Looked at a fair amount of bust coinage with problems, or it was overpriced. For better or worse I finally selected this because I didn't want to go home skunked. A Hawaiian piece has been on my bucket list anyway. So give it a grade and comments are welcome too!
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2020
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  3. Hookman

    Hookman Well-Known Member

    The obverse (head side) is about a 20 and the reverse is about a 25, in rounded numbers. The worst part of the coin is the man's head which has, not only wear, but what appears to be some damage. Otherwise, I think it's a great coin.
    I really like these Hawaiian coins and have bid on many of them on eBay, however, I have not scored one yet.

    As a sidebar to Hawaiian coinage, I thought we might enjoy a little Hawaiian history.

    Hawaii was a sovereign nation until a group of businessmen financed a revolt against the Queen in the 1890's. Here's the Wiki on it :


    It's a very interesting read.
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  4. C-B-D

    C-B-D Well-Known Member

    I went VF20
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  5. Chris B

    Chris B Supporter! Supporter

    I think it's an easy VF. Where it falls in there will be debated. The reverse is better than the obverse but I wonder if this may have been caused by a poor strike.
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  6. Treashunt

    Treashunt The Other Frank

    Hawaiian coinage is fun to find
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  7. longshot

    longshot Enthusiast Supporter

    Thanks for the input. The dealer called it a VF, I am glad others agree.
    @Hookman is correct. I just thought it was dirt when I bought it, but there are a couple of dirty indentions by the eye. Could it be a planchet flaw that didn't strike out? I probably wouldn't have bought it if I had spotted them, but they hardly show without magnification. Good lesson for me though.
  8. Hookman

    Hookman Well-Known Member

    If you got a good price, then you did good. Hawaiian coins are not rare but they are not "everyday" coins either. They seem to hold their value well.
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  9. longshot

    longshot Enthusiast Supporter

    The dealer said he'd had it for too long, we traded straight across for a cleaned F+ bust half. I don't think it was a great deal but I'm happy.
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  10. Maxfli

    Maxfli Well-Known Member

    Another vote for VF.
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  11. Rushmore

    Rushmore Coin Addict

    VF25. The dime is on my bucket list too.
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  12. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Nice. I just bid on (and lost on) one that had been made into a love token.

    My initial instincts here said VF20. Then looking a bit harder at the king's hair and beard, I dialed that back a little and voted F15, to be conservative. Really, I could see it either way.

    For any coin with a human portrait, I'm all about the hair detail. It is admittedly not an infallible method. I also look at leaves in wreaths and feathers on birds.
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  13. Hookman

    Hookman Well-Known Member

    I use the same. The details of things like that are always the first to go. Good call.
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