This leaves only 87,781coins in the official count. However, there's a problem with the official count. It doesn't take into account of 2 large Honolulu fires. There was a fire in 1887 and a huge fire known as the Great Bubonic Plague Fire of Honolulu in 1900. How do fires and surviving coin numbers correlate?
There was a very large Chinese population in Honolulu. No one really knows the number of coins lost to these two intense fires. The 700,000 coins were minted in San Francisco using. Seated Liberty Half Dollar planchets. Here's where it gets really good!
Whaling ships ships crowded Honolulu harbor. They brought oil, ivory and lots of RATS. 1883 silver coins were stored in burlap bank bags.
Sulfur was generously used on these burlap bank bags to deter the rats. Sulfur turns silver coins black and dull. Finding an untoned "white" silver coin can be challenging. Some have semi colorful toning. Finding a Proof-Like coin is virtually impossible!!There's only TWO NGC graded PL half dollars! The King of Morgans, the 1895 Proof has a mintage of 880. At the time of writing this, there are 7 auctions for an 1895. After that, come back an consider this ultra rare coin! This is a coin that will standout in any collection! I occasionally sell coins from my collection.
I thoroughly inspect all of my coins prior to purchasing them originally myself. This means that your getting the best example of the grade that you'll find. I have a high standard for all coins entering my collection. Check out my other auctions HERE.
The item "1883 Hawaii Half Dollar MS63 PL NGC 50¢ STAR 1/2 Dollar Proof-Like MIRRORS" is in sale since Sunday, April 26, 2020. This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ World\North & Central America\Kingdom of Hawaii". The seller is "iseekthere4iam" and is located in Honolulu, Hawaii. This item can be shipped to United States.